Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

Stained glass window in Palma cathedral

Palma cathedral cloisters

Royal apartments in Almudaina Palace, Palma

Palma cathedral from Almudaina Palace courtyard

San Telmo bay

Ready, steady, go - Francis and his niece Saskia

Dragonera and Pantaleu islands opposite San Telmo

Lifting Whimbrel for the survey in Palma

Out she comes!

Over dry land

And another..

Surveyor at work, hitting the hulls with a hammer!

Santa Ponsa beach on a busy Sunday afternoon

Green scenery of inland Mallorca

Unusual waterwheel on La Granja estate


We’ve been based in Santa Ponsa for the last couple of weeks, apart from a night on a mooring buoy in San Telmo, just round the south-west corner of Mallorca. We met up with Francis’ sister and family a few times, both on shore and afloat, while they were out here on holiday - the competitive nature of Francis and his niece Saskia came to the fore with a swimming race in San Telmo bay! We also took on a bit more culture with a visit to Palma cathedral and Almudeina Palace.

However, we feel a bit as though we’re marking time now because we have signed contracts for the sale of Whimbrel and the deposit has been paid. She had to be hoisted out of the water in Palma for the survey which threw up a couple of issues that need to be sorted out. If all goes well with that, the buyer should take her over in a couple of weeks time. Meanwhile, we can continue to live on the boat, but can’t move her around unless it’s necessary as a result of the weather. So, we are making the most of the sunshine in anticipation of greyer, wetter weather back in the UK!

Unfortunately, we can’t get TV reception here, but lots of the cafés are showing the Olympics on big screens, so we’ve been frequenting them more than normal!

We hired a car for the day and had a slightly hair-raising drive up and down the mountains and round hairpin bends on our way to visit Valdemossa (very touristy but an attractive place) and the estate of La Granja. However, our drive was a doddle compared to the effort put in by several cyclists we passed on the way!

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