It hasn’t all been plain sailing, in fact there has been very little sailing to talk of. Motoring between blows has been the name of the game, this practice as you might imagine, is not only boring but also very expensive! So when we had a 2 day leg from Corsica to Barcelona to plan for, we jumped at the chance of some ‘proper’ sailing. Ryan scrutinised 4 different weather models and we both concluded that conditions were good to go. No more than 15 knots , they said. On the beam, they said. Only 1 metre or less swell, they said.
Imagine then, our utter despair when we found ourselves in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, slogging very slowly and uncomfortably into 25+ knots in a 2 metre swell, wind on our nose, MOTORING! We were peeved to say the very least, the silver lining was that the girls slept right through the noise and commotion, lord only knows how!
Suffice to say we made it through that dark, moonless, abyss of a night (no exaggeration!) and came out the other side to finish the journey in a lively style. We are now reaching into big sea and wind, listening to loud music, kids making dens, marble runs, booby traps and other inventive games; amazing what they manage to do to entertain themselves! Of course, out in the cockpit we have the stoic company of Sophie, who struggles more than the others in challenging conditions. Soph has become our chief admiral: keeping watch, adjusting course whilst being showered with the odd wave and smiling throughout!
We’ll be pleased to get out of the Med just to get a reliable weather forecast. The weather in the Mediterranean is an enigma to me. Swell, wind and pressure can all be effected by landmass,temperature, external pressure systems and an innumerable amount of other factors… not to mention the 8 different names they have for wind directions, how about just calling it a north westerly??? Give us a good ol’ high or low pressure in the Atlantic basin and we are happy!
Yes, true to say we’ve enjoyed plenty of things about the Mediterranean, but the weather systems are not one of them !
Getting through the last of this bouncy journey now and looking forward to a city break in Barcelona. A nice quiet marina berth with a shower and supermarket within spitting distance and a bar you don’t have to dinghy to, now that really is the stuff of dreams!