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.
Since the Rocklins headed home, we have been pretty lazy.
We returned to one of our favorite spots on the Southeast corner of Mallorca and then spent a couple of days working our way up the East coast and stopping whenever things looked interesting. We stopped in several great spots! It’s interesting now looking back at our concerns regarding spending so much time in the Balearics. Time is flying by and there is so much more to be seen.
Our next guests are Denise Quackenbush and Suzanne Rischman. They are our “most frequent visitors” and we will be meeting them in Sardinia mid August.
Yesterday we sailed the 30 miles from Mallorca to Menorca, and today we are here, back in Mahon, Menorca. Definitely one of our favorite spots in the Balearic Islands and a great spot to restock on fuel, food, and clean laundry.
We’ve found things to be much more difficult in Sardinia so we will do all that we can over the next few days here.
Well, that was easy! Feeling just a bit guilty for rushing off, we left a beautiful anchorage behind two mornings ago bound 150nm east for Sicily. Somewhere in Sicily. Where? We were not sure.
This one had to be our easiest passage ever. The winds had been forecast to be between 5 and 10 knots. After some nice sailing for the first few hours, I’m not sure we ever saw more than 4 knots. All this good news of course comes with a small catch. We did have to run the engine for 15 hours and fuel over is a touch on the very expensive side.
We ended up stoping in the Egadi Islands. These three islands are off the NW corner of Sicily and are part of a large nature preserve. No fishing, limits on motoring near the islands, limits on anchoring etc.
The results are a very beautiful set of islands and anchorages. Here is a picture of our current anchorage off the island of Favignani. We have it all to ourselves this morning.