[KensBlog] Rocking Keeley – Party Animal!



We had planned several days in San Antonio, but the weather has been dictating our schedule, and yesterday morning the weather charts were telling us that it was time to move.


One very nice thing about Ibiza is that it is small and surrounded by anchorages in every direction. In two hours we ran from the east end of the island to the southern part of the island, passing many anchorages along the way.




This is the first we’ve ever cruised where we’ve spent more time studying swell (wave) height than wind speed. There really hasn’t been much wind, and in fact the absence of wind has been part of the problem. With no wind to keep the boat pointed a particular direction we are at the mercy of the swell turning the boat sideways, making the effect very noticeable inside the boat.

On Sans Souci we refuse to let the bad weather slow us down. In adversity there can often be opportunity.

We had read in the cruising guides that Cala Jondal (a bay on the south end of Ibiza) is so popular that finding a spot to anchor can be impossible. From Google Earth we could see that there was a huge amount of sand to drop the anchor on, and given the weather we felt confident we’d find a place.

Our plan was a success! We dropped anchor in 31 foot depth on the prettiest sand we could ever imagine. It doesn’t come through in these pictures, but when I was swimming behind the boat, and put on a mask/snorkel and looked under the water, I was blown away. I had virtually unlimited visibility and could see the bottom which consisted of what looked like carefully groomed sand stretching out in every direction.

It’s a little off the subject, and I have no pictures – but, I should mention why I was swimming. Something happened that could have been a serious problem…

After we dropped anchor I happened to be on the back deck of the boat and looked down at the tender, which was tied behind the boat. We had just towed it a little over twenty miles, and only one of the two lines that form the towing harness was attached. The other was missing. The line that was still attached was shredded. It looked like a big ball of cotton candy! As did the last couple of feet of the thicker tow line connecting the tender to the boat.

The towing harness was as good as it gets, and I’ve towed the tender over one thousand miles on it. I see it every day and had no indication it was falling apart.

I am now certain I know what happened. There were thimbles (metal sleeves) inside loops at the end of all the lines. One of the thimbles broke free, probably bent from frequent use, and acted like a sharp metal edge, like a razor blade, to destroy the lines. I spent over a half hour in the water with lines, shackles, wire ties, etc trying to piece together a towing harness that would be good enough for short trips on calm water. The days of being able to tow in virtually any sea conditions are over until I can have a new towing harness made.

Cala Jondal


I’ve explained in prior blog entries that I always target having a clear 450 foot circle around the boat with no other boats in it, but usually have to settle for 300 feet. Unfortunately, other boats have no such sentiment. We dropped with 300’ of space around us, but by the evening there were four boats within 300 ‘ of us, and two little sailboats that were within 100’. Given that it was a night without wind, the boats were randomly spinning and moving in all directions. I expected at any moment to hear the crash of another boat banging against our boat. Given that we anchored first, and are the larger boat, I figured it is a bigger problem for them than us.





See those clouds? Unfortunately, so do I. They have been following us around since Mallorca. The only good news is that the boat gets a free wash job every day.




One sure clue that you are now in Ibiza is that you see Paris Hilton’s name on a poster




Dance lessons, a live DJ, and just behind the DJ five huge televisions. That’s for lunch on an ugly rainy afternoon. I bet it gets really crazy when the sun is out! But, will we be able to squeeze into the anchorage?




I wish that I had been bolder with the camera earlier in the day when the sun made a brief appearance. But… somehow taking pictures around the beach felt creepy. It would have been nice to show some of the bathing suits and cover-ups. My sense is that a lot of money gets spent on these things, despite their not being much cloth involved.




To save you needing to play, “Where’s Waldo?” I have indicated where Sans Souci is in this photo.




Following is a video which you MUST watch. It shows how much fun can be had on a gloomy afternoon.

Some of you may have wondered with all the bad weather if we’ve been having fun. I suspect this video will clarify that topic in your minds.

At the end of the video you’ll see an interesting looking dock. The swell is too rough for an ordinary dock, so I assumed we’d be stuck on the boat. However, we noticed a tender going back and forth to the boats so I suspected he was a water taxi, but to get his attention I had to chase him down with our tender. (Later I discovered that he monitors channel 77 on the VHF.)  To get us to shore, instead of a normal dock, he has a wood cradle. As he approaches the dock he sticks his nose into a V formed by vertical posts, and this keeps the tender stable long enough for guests to get on or off.

http://www.kensblog.com/aspx/vimeoplayer.aspx?vimeo=136705847

That’s it for today!
Ken and Roberta Williams (and, Keeley and Toundra)
Nordhavn 68, Sans Souci


1 Comment
  • Steven Argosy
    Posted at 11:56h, 19 August

    SUBJECT: Re: [KensBlog] Rocking Keeley – Party Animal!
    As the manufacturer of the harness, I need to remind you that the warranty has long expired on it. Also, if you care to read the terms of the warranty, you will find that apparent abuse to the harness is not covered. I suspect under close scrutiny, one would find small dog teeth marks on the remaining line, adequate evidence that one or both of your two dogs chewed through it while swimming.
    However, being that I have a reputation to maintain, I will repair it at no cost to you on a labor only basis. When I arrive to effect the repair, I expect you to muzzle those fierce dogs as I have no desire to be licked to death by Toundra.
    Steven Argosy
    MV Seabird
    Sent from my iPad

    ——————–Reply by Ken — August 19, 2015————-

    Warranty Claim against the Argosy Corporation Of Barcelona

    Senior Argosy:

    Pursuant to the International Code of Consumer Protection I hereby present this damages claim in the amount of two point three bazillion euros.

    Physical damages are in the amount of $1.75, with the balance attributable to emotional distress, plus $0.50 for lost reputation. The cost of repairing the damaged canine dentition caused by the not-very-tasty and overly-tough harness has not yet been ascertained, but you can expect a bill for false teeth as well as the future need for baby food.

    Master Card and Visa are accepted.

    Failure to remit the full amount within 30 days could subject you to verbal harassment and worse.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Kenneth A. Williams