My interest in one day visiting Spain's Balearic Islands was piqued again after we published a story in the February 2014 issue ofCruising World by William Fitzgerald, who took his Mahé 36 catamaran to the nature reserve of Cabrera, which lies about 30 nautical miles south of Mallorca. So it was a stroke of great serendipity that while I was in Paris for Salon Nautique I stumbled upon the booth of Alquila Vela Charter.
Or maybe it was a sign of great fatigue. My French is rusty and after a long day of pumping my brain in an effort to remember a phrase here and there, I was tired. But I perked up when I heard English being spoken by Luis Fernández Bucy, who was greeting customers interested in chartering Mediterranean destinations.
One thing led quickly to another, and in a month I’ll visit the Alquila Vela Charter base in Denia, on Spain’s east coast, to learn more about sailing the Balearics and the Canary Islands, where the company has its other bases.
Bucy is eager to focus on itineraries that allow bareboat sailors to spend a week or more exploring the anchorages of the well-known island of Ibiza; longer itineraries with stops in other islands, including Cabrera, are also possible. Stay tuned for a future Charter Briefing and more details about how you can sail your way to a long-sought-after Balearic Islands vacation.