We waited for favorable east winds to sail the 50 miles from Mallorca to
Ibiza. After a few hours of
motoring, the wind picked up as predicted, directly astern at 15-20 knots. The
waves began to build up quickly, but with wind and waves behind us, we were
sailing comfortably under poled out jib and staysail. These days, with the
luxury of simply waiting until the wind is right, we hardly need to run the
engine anymore. It feels great!
Ibiza sunset, at San Antonio
After nine hours, we saw land. The trouble with sailing with winds behind us is that, by definition the approaching shore is a lee shore, and there were large breaking waves all over the shoreline. For better protection, we went into Cala Portinatx, against a backdrop of wooded mountains. It was an attractive bay with three arms, each with a sandy beach, although crowded with sun bathers, pedalos and such. Since it’s a Saturday, it’s not unusual for the area hotel/restaurant to have some night music started at 9:30pm. We did not think too much of it when the music went on into the night. However, it went on till the wee hours of next morning …. 5AM should be considered morning …. it must be wonderful to be young and energetic, to be able to appreciate this ear-piercing ‘thump..thump...thump’ noise called music!
another beautiful sunset at San Antonio
Where did we go next? An even better known party town, San Antonio Abad de Portmany. It used be a fishing village but has developed into mostly a touristic, partying town. The deep bay is well-protected by a breakwater and therefore, a good base for us to stay to do some regular boat maintenance and explore the island. Not surprisingly, by day it’s a quiet city (the clubbers must be in bed still), but at night there are a lot of people out on the streets looking for nightlife. Just outside the city in the surrounding areas, they have some of the “best” clubs on the island.
The citadel at Ibiza city