We have just returned to Sydney
for a few months and have had an awesome adventure buying
our boat in the Med.
Many lessons learned:
1. the need to be totally on top of weather
prediction before becoming caught up in the purchase
process. We weren't and were caught out by the Mistral on our first passage
Port Napoleon to Toulon. 55knots / triple reef / wife first offshore passage
- could have ben a disaster but worked out OK - again my lesson be on top of weather
prediction in foreign waters and don't underestimate the Gulf of Lion (Pocket Grib was slavishly used for rest trip)
2. Cruised the Balerics for a month which was awesome - fantastic weather Mid Oct to mid Nov
3. Boat now in Cartegena - cheap
/ great city / welcoming community of other sailors / beautiful weather in Novemeber - recommend to anyone
Now planning Western Med adventure for 2016.
Thank again for your advice and encouragement