September 16 , 2001
Gaeta, Italy

September 3 , 2001
Stromboli: The Lighthouse Of The Mediterranean

August 26 , 2001
Cefalu: Another Medieval Jewel

August 23 , 2001
Sicily: Land of Lovely Desserts

August 15 , 2001
En Route to North Africa

August 10 , 2001

August 8, 2001
Supermarkets and Amphora

August 6 , 2001
Sailing South in Sardinia

August 2 , 2001
La Vie en Corsica

July 30, 2001
Jonathan Joins Us

July 27, 2001
One Sea, Seven Colors

July 24, 2001
Say What?

July 23, 2001
"Va Bene"

July 21, 2001
Venturing Into Italy

July 20, 2001
And The Mistral Blew

July 18, 2001
The Spell Of Menorca

July 12, 2001
Culture And Concerts

July 7, 2001
Cha Chas

July 6, 2001
Red Dust

July 4, 2001
Rare Birds

July 3, 2001
Clear Empty Water

June 27 , 2001
Quick Friends

June 22 , 2001

June 13, 2001
Eastern Hemisphere

June 6, 2001
A Weekend in Cartegena

May 30 , 2001
A Time Or A Place

May 29 , 2001
Several Lovely Sails

May 21 , 2001
Free At Last

May 25, 2001
On The Hard

May 18, 2001
A Boat Again

May 14, 2001
Time Warp to Morocco

May 03, 2001
Still On Stilts in Malaga

Eastern Hemisphere -

 June 13, 2001 

Baby Seagulls

We have made it to the Balearic Islands! This morning we informally raced our friends on their Westerly 32, across to the Balearic Islands to anchor off of Espalmador, a sand spit of an island just south of Ibiza and north of Formentera. We swam for the first time in the delicious, crystal clear water of the Mediterranean and toasted our arrival with excellent Cava (Spanish Champagne). There are two other American boats here. German, French and the Unionjack are the most common flags, with Swiss, Austrian, Danish and Swedish also frequently seen.

Enroute, we crossed the Greenwich meridian at 1509 (3:09 PM) on June 10th and are now in the eastern hemisphere. Our slip at the Real Club Nautico de Calpe (on the mainland coast) was located at Lattitude 38 20 North and Longitude 00 04.3 East, just south of Cabo de la Nao, the closest mainland point to the Balearics.

We waited for weather in Calpe to cross to the Balearics, made new friends and climbed a lovely pinnacle, Il Fache, which looms 1100 feet over the yacht club and the small resort town.

In Calpe, we actually revelled in a rainy morning - the first we have had since our return. Speaking of water, we have had a fascinating time with the water connectors in the different marinas. Each marina has its own type of connection for the water hose and often requires a deposit of up to $25 for the use of the appropriate adaptor. We now have a wonderful collection of all kinds of adaptors, clamps etc. and still often find the next marina uses yet another kind, which we do not have. The commonality of the common market has not yet extended to water-hose connections.