Port d' Andratx

39° 54.50 N   031° 02.38.63 W

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01 Jan to May 2009

Next thing we knew, Liz was back in Mallorca to do her Yachtmaster Offshore course. as her birthday is 16th Jan, she was with us to celebrate, and James flew in to be here too. We arranged a surprise party for her in a local restaurant.

Liz gets a hug.

One half of the table. (some familiar faces there)

Liz, the only one in a T-shirt with some students and the principal of Aigua Sea School (RYA Yachtmaster courses and charter), Linda standing next to her. Apparently it was warm here compared to Kiel in Germany.

Near Portals Vells. Taken during the course.

Near Andratx, early blossoms.

Windmill in Palma.

Llaut providing a roost for duck.

The village in Puerto Andratx.


And then this...Moments before Jim was to leave, he popped THE question. We have never seen Liz so happy so we gave our blessing for them to become engaged, provided they didn't rush off and marry too soon

Lillian, James and Timothy Hanks. (James with his parents)

One of our favourite friends and characters in Puerto Andratx, Maestre Mateu, 90 years young, Oh that I could be like him when I get to that age!

Then it was time for another storm. This time 23rd of January, we did sustain some damage.

The winds were not more than 50 knots, but the storm raged on for three days and built quite a sea.

Our pasarelle fell in to the water between the dock and our stern.

The outer harbour wall sustained serious damage, and the wonderful deck is now closed, actually its gone!

The Cappuccino restaurant gets a flush.

Here you can clearly see the bent solar panel support, one of the solar panels shattered. This was where the pasarelle hit it when GILANA moved back on a surge. Another 8 boats sunk in this storm so we have to count our blessings that our damage was relatively mild. Oh well, I will have to get the TIG welder out and start repairs.

At least four boats are washed up here.

Whatever the weather, Jack gets his morning walk.