Our unplanned stop in Marina del Este was only for 3 nights. The mechanics were fast and efficient and did an excellent job of removing the injectors and injector pump, sending the pump away for servicing, cleaned the injectors, put it all back together and had Olive our Volvo running smoothly in record time. They were even kind enough to let us use their pool car to drive over the hill to Herradura to make daily raids on the Cash Machine so we could pay them!
We left Marina del Este early afternoon and headed another 17 miles west, we were expecting to motor as there was no wind forecast, and thought it would be good to give the engine a good run. However we couldn’t resist sailing when a light easterly filled in, we just poled out both the headsails and had a lovely slow but comfortable trip along to our next marina stop at Caleta de Velez.
It was great to see Sally and Graham and to meet John and Barbara. John has built and owned wooden boats so he was very interested in looking through Balvenie, and we are always happy to show her off! We found a great restaurant on the waterfront, jam packed with locals enjoying a long Saturday afternoon lunch. We joined in for an excellent “Menu del dia”, sat down in the shade - the Mediterranean just metres away and whiled away the afternoon eating, drinking and talking, very Spanish indeed!
For Cruising info for Marina del Este and Caleta de Velez in May 2011 click here