On Good Friday April 7th, the boat Lottie, a Beneteau Ocianis 361, part of SAMM’s Cruising Group enjoyed one of the regular day sails they organise. Regular crew Terry and Bob were joined by John and Carol, Nick and Mam for a trip from their home port, Marina Salinas San Pedro, south along the coast in a steady 11 knot breeze but with a swell of over 1 meter.
All the guests were given time on the helm and encouraged to be actively engaged in sailing the boat, although the ladies weren't keen on heaving on ropes.
Their course went the 6 nautical miles down to Isla Grossa and through the narrow channel between that and Islote el Farallon so the two ladies could see the tunnel worn through the later by the action of the sea.
They eat their lunches while circumnavigating Isla Grossa during which time they saw the road bridge over the Channel at Thomas Maestre open to let boats in and out of the Mar Menor. After a couple of tacks to clear the end of the mole it was a straight run back to San Pedro to put the boat away and have a well earned beer.