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This would be our first Christmas afloat at anchor. And Brexit was about to bring the first consequences for Brits who sail the EU. We wanted proof of location to keep our VAT paid status, so chose to obtain marina receipts from our closest marina.

Christmas Afloat and Brexit Looms Large


If we wanted to spend a winter at anchor, it was essential to replace our anchor chain. After 11 seasons of use, the old chain was noticeably deteriorating. This blog looks at our choices and the swapping over process

Emerald’s New Anchor Chain








Time had caught us unawares and it was time to make plans to head south and west. With a distance of 550nm to Gibraltar, we were keen to break the journey into small legs. For that we needed the cooperation of the weather. Did it play ball? We had some great moments - encounters with local legends, live music, old friends and a chance meeting with a sister boat.

Time to Leave the Med


We spent almost two weeks in Menorca, visiting a variety of anchorages. Softer than it's big sister, but no less beautiful - the jagged coastline softened by idyllic sandy beaches and calas.

Sailing Magical Menorca



We'd left the west coast of Mallorca to visit the large bay of Pollenca, known for being an all weather anchorage. The all round shelter was very appealing. Being on constant alert for changes in the weather can be exhausting! It was a safe place to catch up with some boat jobs, to have some fun exploring the area and restock the stores.

Playtime in Pollença Bay


A weather window gave us a chance to move on from Soller and visit two stunning calas on west Mallorca's coast - Cala Tuent and Cala Sa Calobra, famed for the stunning Torrent de Pareis - a river that has cut a narrow passage between two tall cliffs. After two great days we continued north, with winds that couldn't decide what they wanted to do.

Wild West Mallorca


Third time lucky! We took a chance to visit the anchorage of Soller on Mallorca's west coast, having been thwarted twice before. It's a beautiful horseshoe bay, surrounded by the towering mountains of the Tramuntana mountain range.

Sailing to Soller: Third Time Lucky