Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

A rare sight - cloudy sky leaving Pollensa

Porto Colom

Porto Colom in the evening light

That sun´s very bright!

Boathouses in Porto Colom

We sailed south-east along the coast of Mallorca, accompanied by another yacht (Spanish) which was going in the same direction. It was good fun having a bit of a ‘race’ with themand we overtook each other a few times, with stronger winds favouring Whimbrel. They finally left us to go into Cala Ratjada at the top of the east coast. Conditions on the north-east coast were quite uncomfortable with 2-3 metres of swell side on to the boat, but it got much calmer once we were heading south down the east coast, thank goodness. The coastline is much less dramatic than the north of Mallorca, with just a few rolling hills inland.

We arrived in Porto Colom at about 6pm (49 nautical miles in 9 hours 20 minutes) and anchored in the shallow bay. It’s a pretty setting with hills all round and lots of small, old-style fishing boats lining the quays, each in front of its own boatshed. Most are now used for leisure but some are still working boats. Porto Colom seemed a very sleepy place and we saw lots of families sitting out on the pavement outside their houses making the most of the relative cool of the evening and having a chat to their mates.

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