Having checked the weather forecast it’s not looking to good for later in the week, so we changed our minds en route and decided not to stop at Torredembara, nor to stop at Tarragona, but rather we pushed on towards Cambrils and stopped there for the night.
Major works are being conducted in this marina and everything is being renewed. The town itself looks lovely and clean but we were a bit tired and had an early start planned for tomorrow morning.
We sailed a bit of the way, it then fired up the engine and motorsailed.
One spectacular thing happened on the way down. A marlin leaped out the water no more than 20 feet in front of the boat……absolutely amazing sight. Sadly Sara was looking astern at the time and missed it. We kept looking back to see if it would leap again, but to no avail.
Also, with all the work conducted on the underside of the boat and the hull being smooth with the epoxy and copper coat finish, there is a definite uplift in the boat speed. There are too many variables to be precise, but I would say we have gained somewhere between 1/2 kt to 1 kt in speed through the water.Then the added belt and braces of the ultra sonic antifouling system, means vastly reduced filthy antifouling work, love it.
Passing the entrance to Tarragona harbour we had the fishing fleet all racing into port. Now according to the rules they should have been the give way vessels as we were off their starboard side, and they were not fishing!………I’ll leave you to ponder whether any of them altered course even slightly ???
Back to Cambrils, we would happily recommend this marina, as the staff were so friendly and helpful. We had tied up at the waiting pontoon and got in the radio. Told to wait there, and along came a rib to guide us to our berth and take our lines. The facilities will be super when finished and the charges were very reasonable.