Part 1 of the Atlantic crossing, sailing from Almerimar to Gibraltar. We had some engine trouble and had to turn around on our first attempt!
The Covid-19 virus hit Spain pretty hard and the country went into lockdown. I got some boat work done, had to self isolate and did some weekend sailing before getting ready to finally set off for the season.
I spent the first winter living aboard Ellidah in Spain in a town called Cartagena and got to know the locals and the liveaboard community.
For a touristy city, I really like this one. It is full of life with its countless streets with restaurants, caffes, bars and cultural sights. The first thing you see when entering Alicante is the massive castle on the hill.
Castillo de Santa Bárbara is from the Bronze age and was built in the 9th century when the Iberian Peninsula was in control from 711 to 1296. That’s pretty old.
As we left the Marina in Aguadulce, the excitement and morale onboard were high. The three of us had no previous sailing experience and this was going to be a trip with lots of “first timers”.
It’s crazy to think about it. Just a little more than a year ago I left Norway and moved onboard Ellidah. In one way it feels like a lifetime, in another way it feels like yesterday.
After I made the decision to buy a sailboat to go sailing around the world it seems like time has gotten a different shape.