We made the 150 mile passage from Ibiza to Barcelona, arriving this morning. The start of the trip was really nice with 10 to 11 knots boat speed under Code-D on a broad reach with a nice rolling SW swell. As all good things must come to an end, our lovely southwest wind died to 4 knots around 3 pm and stayed between 4 and 6 knots for the next 12 hours, so we had to do quite a bit of motoring to make it to Barcelona in a reasonable amount of time. At 4am the wind switched to 18 knots from the NE, which played havoc with the SW swell and gave us a very uncomfortable final 5 hours into Barcelona. These rapidly changing conditions seem to be common at the end of the sailing season in the Med.
We are staying at the Oneworld Club Marina Port Vell which is home to some of the biggest superyachts we have ever seen and very nicely fitted out and run, with friendly and helpful staff. We will be here two nights before we continue our journey back to La Grande Motte.
As I mentioned in my last post, we had a big scare when the locknut fell off the pin that connects the mast to the boom and the pin pulled almost all the way out. Here are some photos:
Before we had our scary boom situation in the evening, we had a fantastic day of sailing around the island of Ibiza. The water was smooth and the wind was strong, and Wildling was flying! Here are some photos I took during the day: