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Bright and early, we drove to Alicante from Cartagena to watch the start of the Volvo Round the World Race. To kick off the race, the seven sailboats had a figure eight race in the beautiful bay. Con and I had a bird’s eye view from our hotel room. See the video below.
October 9th, we tucked into our winter spot in Cartagena and are slowly getting to know the social side of the sailing community. At eight o’clock, early for Spanish people, we joined a group and went out for an evening of tapas.
Earlier in the day, we stopped at a dental clinic for Con. Two dentists and an endodontist investigated, took an X-ray, and had Con return, because a special tool needed to be purchased. Late afternoon, they removed Con’s implant, tightened it, and then repaired the implant including filling material. Con pulled out his wallet to pay: 50€.
Early October, we set sail in the shadows before sunrise, from Ibiza to Calpe on the Spanish mainland. (Video left) The awesome limestone rock is the first thing you can see from the water with the marina tucked in behind it. Calpe has seven miles of beach front! After a sweaty ride on our fold-up bikes to the rock, and the Lidl, we stopped at the beach for a swim.
Expecting rain In Santa Palo we weren't disappointed. Since our sail left salt topsides, we were hoping for a lazy way to wash Big Sky. It didn't disappoint, however, we miscalculated the timing and were caught out on our bikes. By the time we turned to go back to the boat, man-hole covers were popping up on one of the streets. We rode down the centre hoping not to fall into one! The road quickly became a river.
Videos right: Our sail from Ibiza to the Spanish mainland; Dolphins fishing in the Cagliari Marina; our visit to Erice, Sicily; overnight sail crossing paths with container ship.
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