Leg 1! Valencia, Columbretes Islands, Cabrera Islands and Balearics

Leg 1!  Valencia, Columbretes Islands, Cabrera Islands and Balearics

Chance Discovery will start her cruise back to the Greek Ionian and Montenegro. The trip will be subdivided into 7, 10, 12 or 14-day Legs to allow those joining to hop on and off at mutually convenient locations. This first Leg will commence on 8th April from Valencia but people can hop on in Palma, Majorca if more convenient.

We will initially travel from Valencia via the Columbretes Islands to Palma. This island group are uninhabited and of volcanic origin. We will anchor one night in the crater of the largest. Since 1988 the archipelago has been declared a wildlife reserve. The stop in Palma will allow a visit to the spectacular cathedral and Moorish Castle. Thereafter, we will take in the Cabrera Archipelago National Park - a group of 19 protected islands sheltering some spectacular underwater meadows where the underwater environment is supposedly among the best in the Mediterranean with very large groupers, octopi, loggerhead turtles and hopefully dolphins playing in the meadows will grace us with a visit. After spending a few days there we will travel the coastline of Majorca ending in the North of the island or back to Palma before setting off on the second Leg to Tunisia around 19th / 20th April.

Weather-wise it should around 15 to 20 Deg C with a dominant wind of 10 to 15 kn wind from the NE which should give a good mix of different points of sail. Entrance to the Cabrera National Park is limited and a permit has to be applied for well in advance so please contact me early to confirm your wish to join. As is our way, we will be anchoring each day (but on buoys in the marine park). There is a contribution towards costs that covers all boat related expenses, food and drink onboard. Spaces are limited to four only and everyone will share all boat duties including sailing and food prep etc. Two in the twin bunk Pullman cabin and two in the forward double. Or one in the forward double and one in the saloon sea berth. The master cabin with en-suite may be available if so required. Check out our blogs from our trip from Montenegro to Spain earlier this year to discover what fun we had! I am sure that the Lovesail members who were on the trip would agree.