We are still on our way from Barcelona to our home base in La Grande Motte. It’s a 160 mile passage but the weather has not cooperated at all. We were expecting to be back this morning, but we got caught in a severe electrical thunderstorm near Cap de Norfeu at sunset and decided to stop in Port de Roses, and get some sleep while it passed.
At 3am we returned to the cape only to find the 25 knot winds that were forecast were actually 30 to 40 knot winds with 50 knot gusts on the nose, so we went back to Port de Roses to wait it out a bit longer. At 10am the winds had eased so we made a third try and passed the cape in 30 to 35 knots, still on the nose, but Wildling had no trouble with the rough seas and waves. We motored the rest of the day and stopped off for fuel and dinner at Canet en Rousillon and will be back on our way in a couple more hours.
We have about 70 miles to go, so we should be back in La Grande Motte tomorrow morning. We’re definitely cutting it fine because we have flights back to Australia the next day!