Friday, 3 June 2011

Back in working order ….. May 2011

24 May – 29 May 2011
P5280005 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.    
We were pleased to be able to make it here by Saturday as Mark’s cousin Sally and her husband Graham were holidaying from England were and staying with their friends John and Barbara inland from Caleta de Velez and we had planned to rendezvous with them.

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!

P5310014Our visitors headed back to the hills early evening, it had been great to catch up.  After a quick well earned siesta we hit the bars looking for a big screen to watch the final of the European Football Cup.  Barcelona were playing Manchester United and we were absolutely amazed to find that every local was supporting Man U and not Barcelona.  A couple of the locals that could speak some English explained that if we looked at the Barcelona supporters in the stand at Wembley you would be hard pushed to see a Spanish flag anywhere.  They all either flew the Barcelona Club flag or the regional Catalonian flag, they did not see themselves as Spanish.  We found this very interesting, we all have fierce rivalry within regions of our countries, but generally if we are playing away we will support the Kiwi team, from whatever region.

For Cruising info for Marina del Este and Caleta de Velez in May 2011 click here

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