Mallorca Flotilla

1st Annual Balearic Flotilla

Here’s a report from Capt. Jean De Keyser who was the Flotilla Leader on a recent trip through the waters of Mallorca in the Mediterranean.

Capt. Jean De Keyser and his better half, “Admiral” Mila, led the two yachts from Palma de Mallorca to the southeast coast of Mallorca.

The lead boat, Jasper, was a Bavaria Cruiser 45. Jean, Mila together with Kelly from Nashville and Janet from Charlotte, crewed her while Marianne, Pam, Chris, Lynda, Sue, Davis and Larry crewed on Maha, a Bavaria 50. Both Kelly and Marianne had joined Croatia flotillas during previous years.

The flotilla enjoyed great sailing weather and visited the national park island of Cabrera, several calas or anchorages and the ports of Sa Rápita, Porto Colom and Porto Cristo. Our participants enjoyed fun sailing fellowship, delicious gastronomy and visited some landmarks like the Monasterio Sant Salvador and the caves of Els Hams. Some crew members of Maha even visited the famous Majorica pearl factory.

The whole week we had wonderful sailing with just a bit of drama. On the very last day, when returning Jasper to the base and right at the moment when Capt. Jean was performing the reverse manoeuver for the Mediterranean-style docking, Jasper lost her prop making steering impossible. Fortunately, the dockhands already had control over the docking lines and were able to safely secure the yacht even with the high winds blowing.

We look forward to next year’s flotilla!

Flotillas are a great way to explore new cruising grounds, and meet new sailors. You can enjoy the freedom of skippering your own boat but have comfort in knowing that a Flotilla Leader is on hand to help with navigation, local weather, and to ensure you get the most out of your sailing vacation! See upcoming flotillas and sign up for one today!

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