La Herradura (Almuñecar), Spain

Photo: Almunecar, Spain. Credit: Lisa Borre.
The small, rocky promontory in the foreground provided enough protection for this to serve as a trading port thousands of years ago. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 07/29/08 – 07/30/08
Distance:
 20 nm
Sailed from: Almuñecar
Lat: 36°44’N
Long: 03°44’W

After a morning of visiting the town of Almuñecar and a late check-out from the marina, we decided to motor east in no wind to the next port, Motril. We did not find any space in the small Club Nautico there, and we found the anchorage on the chart had been filled-in with a busy commercial pier. The beautiful bay of La Herradura, located 10 miles to the west (in the direction from which we had just come), was calling out to us. 

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Almuñecar, Spain

Photo: Fish salting tanks in Almunecar, Spain. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Fish salting tanks from the 4th and 5th Centuries A.D. used to make garum, a Roman delicacy, in Almunecar. We later found the recipe for garum in Cartagena. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 07/28/08 – 07/30/08
Distance:
 42 nm
Sailed from: Benalmadena
Lat: 36°44’N
Long: 03°43.5’W

Another long day of motoring with no wind to arrive at this very pricey, but nice marina. The cruising guide classifies the marina fees as “high” in the summer, so we were expecting to pay more for the convenience of visiting the town of Almuñecar, given its significance as a former Phoenician port. What we were not expecting is that they were going to charge us double since there was no slip available for our size of yacht. We’ll classify the fees as “mega high” since we were put in a mega-yacht’s slip and leave it at that because the marina staff allowed us a late check-out the next day so that we could explore the archeological sites in town. That evening we met another American on a yacht about the same size as us, and he too, was surprised by the fee and to find us. He and his wife were headed west and back to the U.S. later this year. We have not met any other Americans on yachts headed east since leaving Lagos, and along with the two others we have met since then, all were returning to the U.S. We suspect that the weak U.S. dollar is partly to blame.

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Benalmádena, Spain

Photo: Tourist train in Benalmadena, Spain. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Even the local tourist train made regular passes by our dock. In this photo, Lisa turned the camera on them and received many waves. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 07/21/08 – 07/28/08
Distance:
 44 NM
Sailed from: Estepona
Lat: 36°35’N
Long: 04°31’W

During the passage from Estepona, we saw a swordfish jump out of the water seven times as we passed. Other sailors have told us that they do this when threatened by a passing boat, but that it is not a common sight. Our almanac of the Mediterranean says that they are rumored to attack inflatable dinghies, but as far as we could tell, it just looked like it wanted to be left alone.

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Estepona, Spain

Photo: Tayana 37 Gyatso in Estepona, Spain. Credit: Lisa Borre.
A few days after leaving Sotogrande, we dressed Gyatso with Tibetan prayer flags to celebrate being re-launched and to honor an auspicious day in the Tibetan calendar while docked in Estepona. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 07/17/08 – 07/21/08
Distance:
 11 NM
Sailed from: Sotogrande, Spain
Lat: 36°25N
Long: 05°09W

We departed Sotogrande on Thursday and motored in light wind to Estepona. We were both glad to be underway again and to see several dolphins and an ocean sunfish along the way. We were anxious to leave Sotogrande which had no facilities for the practical matters of life: grocery shopping and laundry. After a week in the filthy yard and another few days at the dock, the laundry basket was overflowing and the food stores were getting low. Amidst the touristy development of bars and restaurants in Estepona, we found a convenient laundry just outside the gate at the end our dock and a small, but well-stocked supermarket across the street.

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Sotogrande, Spain

Photo: Sotogrande, Costa del Sol in southern Spain. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Docked in Sotogrande and a sea of resort developments on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 07/11/08 – 07/17/08
Lat: 36°17’N
Long: 05°16’W

After three months in the yard while we returned to the U.S. for family visits and took a one-month trip to Switzerland to attend a seminar at Rabten Choeling, we re-launched Gyatso with a fresh coat of bottom paint.

Our onboard library is now well-stocked with books about the ancient history of the Mediterranean Sea. In particular, David’s latest interest is in the Phoenicians who he thinks made an outstanding and under-appreciated contribution to the development of civilization throughout the Mediterranean. Our sailing itinerary includes plans to visit some of the important Phoenician sites along the way.

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Refit & Repairs to Sails and Rigging

Photo: Gyatso under sail during our Atlantic Crossing on the leg from Antigua to Bermuda. Photo courtesy of s/y Bobo.
Gyatso under sail during our Atlantic Crossing on the leg from Antigua to Bermuda. Photo courtesy of s/y Bobo.

Sails

We used the 20-year old head sails for a year while we were getting to know our 1985 Tayana 37 cutter which helped us work with a sailmaker to get exactly what we wanted when the time came for this item to rise to the top of the list.  It did in 2006 while we were in Annapolis, and after shopping around, we selected the UK Halsey loft for the job, mainly because of our respect for Scott Allan there.  We were very pleased with the sails.

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Adventures while cruising to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Black Seas in a Tayana 37 sailboat

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