Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

Tablecloth over Tramontana mountain range

Beautiful north-west Mallorcan coast

Cala Tuent with Puig Major in the background

Cala de la Calobra

Cala Figuera - very pleased the anchor held with that rock close...

The wind was forecast as Force 4 from the south west which was fine for continuing clockwise around the coast of Mallorca. However, as so often in the past, the reality didn’t match up to the forecast and once we were out of the bay, the wind was from the north east i.e. right on the nose! So, we motored up the coast for an hour and anchored in Cala Tuent, about five miles north-east of Puerto de Soller, for coffee and hoping that the wind would change. We liked it so much that we stayed for lunch and a swim – the water is crystal clear and the setting is spectacular with steep tree-clad slopes all around the bay and a view of the highest mountain in Mallorca (Puig Major) in the background.

From there we motored just a little further to Cala de Sa Calobra which Jane has visited a couple of times many years ago. We swam ashore, avoiding the jellyfish, to see where the Torrent de Pareis emerges, but the river bed is nearly dry! Finally the wind changed so we sailed onwards and anchored for the night in Cala Figuera, just before Cape Formentor, on the north-east tip of Mallorca (22 nautical miles in just over five hours).

Unfortunately, the wind strengthened during the night and ended up blowing straight into the bay at about 20 knots with swell of a metre or so. Luckily our anchor held, as we’d swung round near a large rock, but it made for a very noisy night with the boat rolling around quite violently – what they call “an uncomfortable night” in the books!

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