We have reached the end of the first part of our passage. We sailed/motored from Alicante to Malaga 288NM. We were pleased with how the boat handled and how we all worked together as crew. We've said our goodbyes to Benjamin and Ugne. We had such a wonderful time together. Our relationship with our daughter in law has had a chance to grow. We really appreciate her and have had the chance to fall in love with her. We are so grateful to have her as part of our family. We feel really blessed to have shared this incredible week with one another. Ugne discovered her ability to handle new challenges. We had some very rough weather and she was a pro. We had several overnight short passages and both Benjamin and Ugne let us do all the night watching while they bounced around in the V-berth trying to sleep. Benjamin renewed his love for sailing. His chance to be back on board working with his dad allowed their bonding all over again. The hopes of the grant for Passage 'part one' have definitely been fulfilled and were even greater than anticipated. We're going to miss these two a lot. Yet, we are looking forward to our next adventure together.
We leave Malaga Friday around midnight for another night sail to Gibraltar.
Mike & Monica
We plan to write some notes here about our sail trip and the preparations for it