Mar Menor

Our plan was to anchor just near Mar Menor. We had a great trip over, past all the holiday resorts and packed beaches. There were a few fishing pots around so we had our eyes pealed. Simon’s mum spotted ‘Wilson’ Tom Hank’s friend from Castaway.

Then I spotted something that I couldn’t quite make head or tail off. It turned out to be a huge rubber ring which kept flipping as the wind took it. This was like a red rag to a bull. Simon and his Dad were onto it. We’d done an emergency MOB and rescued a hat in Pitt Water (Sydney) but this was an even bigger challenge. Of course, before we knew it we were the proud owners of Ringtalude!

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Mar Menor is a huge inland sea which can be accessed via a canal. We hadn’t really planned to go in there and when we got there we’d already missed the bridge opening time so it wasn’t really an option – but I did feel like we were maybe missing out when we saw one of our AIS buddies in there. C’est la vie!

There were a few anchorages that we were considering though, depending on the wind. Our bad-weather option was the anchorage in the still-to-be-built marina just outside the canal, however, with little wind and swell predicted we decided to anchor just off the beach and it suited us just fine.

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The next day the breeze was lovely and Simon challenged us to sail off the anchor. Challenge accepted and achieved! It was another first for Interlude. Next stop Alicante!

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