September 30, 2011
We finally decided that Almerimar was to be our wintering home for Silver Cloud. During the year we researched and spoke to many skippers regarding the choice of marina making the decision very hard as each have their pluses and minuses. At least now we can look forward to having winter sunshine breaks as Almerimar is said to have the warmest winter temperatures in Spain. Whilst here we can, if we wish, to involve in the radio net, updating us on events such as Ti-chi, Spanish classes, book swops and weekly walks in the Sierra Navarda, to name but a few. Read on . . .
No sooner had we been allocated our mooring spot when Pepe knocked the hull to invite us to join Almerimar’s Regatta Weekend. For an entrance fee of only 10€ we were given the tee-shirts, a tapas and drinks evening, a post race BBQ with excellent live music, an A4 colour printout of Silver Cloud rounding the last buoy of the course and finally a CD with pictures taken by a professional photographer of the whole weekend. A fabulous time was had by all nationalities. Our race position of ‘first over the line’ was 15th out of thirty cruiser yatchs, ranging between small cruisers to fifty footers was highly respectable and very pleased to be 1st out of the six British contenders J.
We will be in the UK for a while and have decided to make this our last blogg for the foreseeable future. From its onset in 2009 we have overall had a fabulous time with many ‘highs’ alongside a few ‘lows’, but what a way to start a retirement! We have had some great sailing with time to ‘stop and stare’ on our way. The journey has opened our eyes to other places, nationalities and how they live, some packing so much into their lives, some that we can now call friends to whom we will carry on keeping in touch via e-mail. We will carry on cruising further afield but for now we have no set plan. So from Silver Cloud and in line with how we might say on the ships VHF radio “Listening at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . . . “Out”.
PS – Thank you to all who have been watching us – we hope you enjoyed the journey.