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We sailed along the eastern coast of Sardinia and past the Costa Smeralda, the playground of the rich and powerful. Size does matter here as each super yacht we saw grew in size and opulence. The great thing is that once past this area there are lots of free and well protected anchorages for those who can’t engage in the “mine is bigger and better than yours” game!
Since my last article we have cruised around Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Sardinia and now we are anchored near the ancient port of Syracuse. A lot has happened but it's time to reflect on the experience and to tell you about my favourite ports and anchorages so far.
It's 20:15 on the 4th Aug, our position is 38deg 04.01 N 00deg 03.0W which corresponds to 78nM south west of Ibiza. I'm writing this as we motor in nil wind expecting to arrive in Ibiza in the early morning. We left Gibraltar at 10:45 on the 1st Aug. Just our luck that on the day of our departure the wind in the Strait of Gibraltar flipped to a cool and humid easterly. The moment we turned left at Europa Point to head for the Balearics we were enveloped in a thick sea fog that condensed on everything and made the atmosphere so cool that we had to don wet weather gear. Luckily Citadel is equipped with radar and AIS but that does not mean that your most useful tool, the mark 1 eyeball, should be retired. Not everything shows up on radar especially other small craft constructed in non-metallic materials. Two hours into the trip we had a shock when we came within a few meters of a large RHIB lurking in the fog no doubt waiting to unload its cargo of Moroccan cannabis onto a Spanish beach . A few seconds after they appeared they disappeared into the fog to the evident relief of both crews. Criminals don't like to be disturbed!
The July BoatBid auction will run from the 13th to the 17th July 2018 .
Steve Black Boatshed Texas: “My 16’ Old Town Canoe with a Lean Green Lehr
propane gas outboard motor, perfect for Boatshed Texas media crew to go shoot photos & video of prospective listings (my favourite part of the business ;)
9 Months Alone At Sea, 30,000 Miles Non-Stop, No Modern Technology, Southern Ocean!
The April BoatBid auction will run from the 13th to the 17th April.
The February BoatBid auction is open.
February BoatBid - Catalogue Published
On Wednesday 3rd January 2018 the Gibraltar Chronicle carried a story headlined “Top life-saving award for local pensioner”. It was a heart warming story but dig deeper and there was a catalog of appalling errors and poor seamanship waiting to be discovered. Let us learn something from these shortcomings.
February BoatBid - Entries Close 31/12/2017
Entries Close 24th December.
December Boatbid - Place Your Bid!
December BoatBid - A Preview
How does one cope with the stresses of living within the confines of a small or medium sized sailing yacht berthed at Gibraltar? Once you have visited all of the many places of historical or cultural interest, climbed Mediterranean Steps and introduced yourself to the Barbary Macaques you are still suffering from cabin fever. But there is a treatment.
December BoatBid Catalogue
Winter is almost here...
December Boatbid - Entries Close 29/10
Entries Close 29th October.
Boatshed are launching a beta version of the Boatshed Archive, essentially a back catalogue of the 24,000+ boats we’ve been involved in selling. This is a great resource for people looking for boats, with each boat containing up to 100 photos, full boat spec and videos. This useful resource is like a boat bible for us all to use.