I got out now and have a haircut.
Saturday I left Quinta do Lorde and anchored in Ensenada de Abra. Sunday I had an early start to sail to Lanzarote, but after I came out of the lee of the Islas Desertas, my speed dropped and the conditions became very uncomfortable. After a few hours a gave up and changed course to Tenerife. Now the sailing was good, but not comfortable. The waves were not high, but somehow irregular.
Monday late night I dropped the anchor in Bahia Antequera and the next morning I sailed into the marina in Santa Cruz and enjoy the city life. It was nice in Quinta do Lorde, but it is far from everything and was getting a bit boring.
Yesterday evening this UFO cloud appeared over the harbour. Some wind and rain are forecasted for today, but now it is very quiet.
I got out now and have a haircut.
The wind was a little stronger the last few days therefore I postponed my departure from Quinta do Lorde. The day before yesterday I returned the car in Funchal and took the bus back.
The North coast and the center of Madeira is amazingly green and densely forested. I made two more levada hikes there and a last one yesterday to the Ponta de Sao Lourenco east of the marina.
The levada walk PR9 starts at Queimadas at an altitude of 1000 m.
It doesn`t look like this, but the place can be pretty much crowded and difficult to find a spot to park your car.
The northerly winds over the last few days brought a lot humidity and the northern coast of Madeira was covered in clouds.
The hike is more or less on the same altitude, through tunnels and narrow paths in an incredible landscape. Bring a torch, good hiking shoes and watch your head in the tunnels.
What a strange cruising summer.
We started in May towards the Baleares, but the wind was always on the nose and no pleasant temperatures. Therefore we decided to stay in Cartagena for one month, continued our Spanish lessons there, enjoyed the city and made a trip by train to Barcelona.
Below the marina in Cartagena.
We sailed back to Almerimar, took a flight to Madrid and enjoyed the city for a few days, before we went back to Germany.
In August Laroobaa eventually sailed out of the Med. In the Bay of Cadiz I waited a few days for good winds and then sailed in 4 phantastic days to Madeira.
We spent November and December in Malaga to learn Spanish before we went to Germany for Christmas. Beginning of January we flew to Beijing and stayed there a few weeks. Now we are in Australia in preparation for our Yachtmasters. Pretty tough, but today we took the ferry from Manly to Sydney and enjoyed the city life. After we came back we had once again a huge seafood platter for dinner. Next week will be passage making, but the weather forecast is not good. Now it is already raining cats and dogs.
We spent a few weeks in the Ionian Sea and enjoyed it a lot. Friends did visit us and we had a great time together.
We cleared out from Greece when favourable winds were forecasted and sailed in 2 days to Syracusa in Sicily.
With stops in Syracusa and Porto Palo, we sailed to Licata and staying now in Marina Cala del Sole and are enjoying Sicilian food.
Yesterday evening Thomas cooked a Sicilian past dish. Here is the recipe for Pasta alla Norma.
We are still waiting for warmer temperatures to arrive. After anchoring 2 days in the Poros channel we wanted to go to Aegina, but continued to Korfos.
Exciting sailing, but no nice weather.
Last week Laroobaa has been launched and we are anchoring now at Porto Heli for final preparation of the cruising season. A few pictures from the works done during the winter.
The bars are actually not necessary in Greece, but might be a good idea in other parts of the world.
End of January we flew from Frankfurt to Beijing for a few months. Lynn has been in regular contact last season with Zhai Mo, who is the first single-hand Chinese circumnavigator. His most recent project brought him to Greece just when we left from Athens to Germany, so we didn´t have the time to meet then, but we had dinner last week in Beijing.
We are currently skiing in Lech am Arlberg in Austria. Amazing powder snow.