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SAILING by KRISS on 26 july 2018

As the wind was to going to change directions so did we and we decided to set sail and round Cabo de Gata early in the afternoon.
We knew we only had a couple of hours to reach our next destination (it ended taking almost 4 hours) which is the incredible anchorage of Playa Genoves or Puerto Genoveses.
The poor pictures I took of the place won’t do it justice and I apologise for this.

This place is so beautiful that it clearly deserves better ! It’s a mix of African bush and New Mexico with crystal waters and it sounds like heaven.

Well it is, except for one detail : the swell ! Swell does enter the bay but not in the same direction as the wind because there are strong currents along this stretch of coast and that means the most uncomfortable nights at anchor.

It’s not being weak but being aware that lack of sleep can get you in the wall so after 2 nights we decided to move places with bitter regret.
We have yet to find a nicer place but sleep deprivation is a serious concern when you’re traveling on a sailboat.

One lingering problem I never really took care of was the insane amount of cables that run inside our mast.
They whipped the hell out of it at every swing and literally drove me nuts.
It took me another 4 days to start tackling the problem and more of it in a future episode.
For now, we are heading to La Garrucha, the port that gave us refuge that dreadful first night in December when we got our boat back and thought she had major structural damage while 30 miles from the coast in f8 seas.
We missed all the nice places we had been dreaming about and didn’t see much of this “Costa Blanca” but it’s the weather that dictates your moves on a boat, nothing else (well your budget as well of course).

#anchoring #cabodegata #sailboatlife

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