Mallorca Sept 12 – 25 2020
Jock & Val Macrae, Mags and I spent a great two weeks in September shadowing our plans for next year’s cruise. We had good weather, lovely swimming, fabulous food and we explored some interesting calas (bays). We know we will have a great event next year.
We are in the process of fine-tuning some of the venues and think our plans will work well. We currently have indications of interest from about 40 and deposits from 35 crews. We think the limit is 50 so we are still open to new crews. It is an impressive fleet of member yachts and chartered yachts. A preliminary boat roster is posted in the attachments to the right.
"The weather is generally pleasant and the water warm (77 degrees) in September. Daily temperatures are in the high 70’s low 80’s. Rainfall in our 2 week period over the last 2 years has averaged 0.6 in. (See the attached file to left)." This year, there was a thundershower the day we arrived and two brief showers through the week. A couple of unusually cloudy mornings but many great days and pleasant temperatures throughout.
We plan to sail 185 miles around the island counter-clockwise. "While winds are generally quite light in September, if anything comes up it will generally be out of the NE." This year we had one day of 20-knot winds from the North East. Otherwise, winds were generally light (<12 ) from the North East. Going C-C should have the wind and sea behind us as we go along the North Coast. We've identified the harbours to head to if there is wind and all should work out well.
The anticipated Agenda is
Saturday 12th - Palma - Board Charter boats in the late afternoon.
Sunday 13th – Palma – Provision boats and enjoy Palma
- Opening cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at 49 Steps a rooftop setting beside the marina where most charter boats will be berthed. It has a beautiful view of the Cathedral, fortress and the Palma waterfront
47 miles Mon/ Tuesday / Wednesday
- Explore the south coast and perhaps anchor off the long beach Playa del Trench (21mi) or off Colonia de St Jordi
- Illa de Cabrera (27 mi from Palma) is a nature reserve on the South East tip of Mallorca. There is a very protected all weather harbour. We plan to make bookings here on Monday and Tuesday night. Plan on staying one night.
- The calas along the east coast south of Porto Colomb are not to be missed.
Wednesday 16th – Porto Colom – Dock Party – We have been assured there should be enough room for 50 boats in the marina and on moorings in this protected harbour. We are working out arrangements for a dock party ashore.
50 miles Thursday / Friday / Saturday
- Explore the calas between Porto Colomb and Porto Cristo.
- Possibly head into the protected Puerto de Cala Ratjada before going around the Cabo de Pera.
Saturday 19th – Alcanada – Casual dinner ashore at a La Terraza a waterside restaurant. We had a great tasting and it should be a good dinner. Fleet anchored offshore in the lee of Isla de Aucanada or in Alcudia harbour about 4 miles west depending on weather and personal preference.
35 miles Sun / Monday /Tuesday – possible stops
- Cala Formentor
Then around Cabo Formentor from which point the coast is quite open but you can probably pull in for a swim at
- Cala de San Vincente
- or the incredible Cala de la Colobra
before heading for shelter in Soller.
Tuesday 22st – Soller - Cocktail party ashore (locale to be finalized). We have been assured there will be room for us either in the marinas or anchored in the harbour. Plan to spend more than one night in Soller to give yourself a chance to take the tram from the port up to the town of Soller or hire a car and test the mountain roads.
47 miles Wednesday / Thursday / Friday – possible stops
- Calla de Deya if a west wind
- Foradada if an east wind. Plan on heading there (4 miles west of Soller) for a breakfast swim. The paella ashore is recommended.
- Andraitx - a beautiful protected port on the west coast
- Stop for a swim in the calas between Pta de Cala Figuera and Puerto Portals.
- Charter Boats will generally be due back by the end of the afternoon Friday.
Friday 25th Palma – Closing Dinner – Finca Sa Font Seca – a 17th century country estate about 20 minutes from the marina. Cocktails on the terrace, dinner on a lower terrace or in a churchlike hall depending on the weather.
A preview of some of our destinations can be seen through this link CCA Mallorca Preview
Participants are encouraged to allow extra time while in Mallorca for some land travel to enjoy the stunning mountain vistas and lovely towns and villages. The island is a flat plateau with cliffs and caves on the south and east side and mountains and beautiful rock formations on the north-west side. Some suggested hotels in Palma are listed in the attachment. Palma can be quite busy in September so you are advised to book well in advance.
We have been working closely with Helen and Dawn of Sublime Yacht Charters who come well recommended by friends in Palma. They have created a list of charter opportunities which are available at this link CCA Mallorca Charters. It will be updated as boats are booked and additional listings are added. The standard charter would have you going aboard 5:00 pm Saturday 12th and have the boat back in Palma for the party Friday with departure from the boat Saturday morning 26th. Boats require a 25% deposit with booking, 25% 6 months prior and 50% 1 month before.
A recent update of the RCC Balearics Pilot has been created by David and Susie Baggaley, friends of Charles-Henri Mangin (ESS), and can be ordered through this link to the RCC Pilot Guides, They have been kind in adding some specific notes on our cruise which you will find on the right of this web page.
If you think you are interested in joining us, please let us know by completing a brief survey / sign up list via this link CCA Mallorca Survey .
For those of you who are on board for the cruise, we are collecting initial deposits of $150 per person. Deposits are non-refundable but transferable. We anticipate the total expense for the cruise including the 5 events to be approximately $700 per person. Registration is via https://cruisingclub.org/2020/mallorca/register where you will see a list of others who have registered to date. A recent alpha list is also posted in the attachments to the right of this page
For those of you interested in participating in a mother ship we have booked Rhea a beautiful 180 ft sister ship to Kioros our mothership in the Ionion in 2015. She was commissioned in 2017 and has 13 deluxe double cabins A description and complete details are in the link above or in the attachment to the right. As of December 31st we have one cabin unsubscribed. We have a couple on standby that would like to come but can only do the first week. If you are interested in taking a cabin for one or two weeks please let us know. If you were to take it for one week, you could join our shore events while you tour the island.
Les Crane - Chair31