Morpheus was designed by Carl Schumacher, built by Davie Norris Boatbuilders in New Zealand and launched in 2002. She spent her first 18 months cruising the South Pacific before reaching her home port of San Francisco. Since that time, Morpheus has been raced and cruised extensively. This blog will document her ongoing adventures.
Peggy Comfort once told me that “the most dangerous thing to have on a boat was a calendar!”. Perhaps I should have listened better??
Our day started out in a wonderful cove on the island of Menorca (aprox. 120 miles from Barcelona). Swimming, walks along the water, a celebratory drink with Torben and Judy Bentsen. All seemed good.
Our big picture goal had been to make it to Barcelona by the 15th, and the weather looked ready to take a turn for the worse. Our last chance to leave and arrive “on time” had arrived.
The first two thirds of the trip were perfect. 15-20 knots of wind and a heading that had us sailing downwind and enjoying a spectacular moon. Torben and Judy had left bound for the same destination with us and we sailed together never more than a couple of miles apart.
Unfortunately, at about 3am Deb woke me up to deal with a cruise ship crossing our path, and casually mentioned that there was “a ton of lightning up ahead”.
Well that “ton of lighting” turned out to be the most amazing and yes scary display of lightning that either of us had ever seen. We pulled a u-turn and hoped that we could stay ahead of the front until the morning sun killed off the lightning. That didn’t quite work out.
The front and the edge of the lightning storm caught us at about 4:30am. 35 knots, , 180 degree wind shift, torrential rain, huge temperature swing (warm to cold), and me standing at the wheel driving with swimming goggles on so I could see thru the rain. (Wish Deb got a picture of that!)
I’m pretty sure that neither Deb nor I ever imagined our 30th wedding anniversary would be spent running away from an approaching front with a never ending lightning show.
But, we dealt with it and are now sitting in our favorite Mediterranean port – Barcelona!!
We have once again met up with our friends from San Francisco and the Richmond Yacht Club, and just in time for a big end of season fair in Mahon. It’s a big party in town today and we’ve sort of just fallen into it!! Better lucky than good I suppose.
My very smart Brother-in Law Dan says that “cruisers don’t have plans, they just have suggested itineraries.” I must agree, as little this year has gone according to “plan”.
Admittedly, we dragged our feet a bit in Greece. It was too nice to rush away from. And then there was the side trip to Albania. That was never part of the “plan”…
Now we find ourselves in a bit of a rush to get ourselves to Barcelona by the 15th of September.
We are making very few stops along the way and passing some great places.
We skipped the Aeolian Islands entirely, and are currently in Trapani, Sicily. Basically, a fuel and grocery stop with some laundry thrown in. (loved the pasta!!)
Now we are off for Sardinia, where we are lucky enough to find that we have friends from Germany (old Commerce One connections) very near our route, so we’ll stop for a couple of days to say hello.
The next stop will hopefully be by the 7th or 8th in the Balearic Islands either Mahon, Menorca or Palma, Majorca where with luck we will meet up with our friends Judy and Torben Bentsen who happen to be from our yacht club in California!!
Then Barcelona with Torben and Judy by the 15th, with Suzanne Rischman perhaps arriving on the 17th, Mark and Diana Rosenberg visiting for 1/2 day on the 18th (that should be a night!), and then the biggest event of the Summer in Barcelona….