On Friday we had a nice sail between the islands to Mallorca and anchored in Porto Colom (15 ft, 39d25.3N, 3d15.9E) with dozens of other yachts. The fish farms have been removed and there is now lots of room. We are seeing more and more American yachts now and many are ahead of us in Gibraltar.
On Saturday we were on our way to Palma de Mallorca to see Steve & Linda Dashew aboard Wind Horse when our AIS showed them heading toward us! We both pulled over and spent a pleasant afternoon together near the southern tip of Mallorca at Puerto Colonia de Sant Jordi between Is. Guardia & Is. Moltana (15 ft, 39d18.42'N, 3d00.51'E). The last time Wind Horse and Interlude were together was in Fiji in 2005.
We all had an enjoyable time in Palma de Mallorca sight seeing and shopping with a several other cruisers who were also anchored just SW of town at Las Illetas (31 ft, 39d31.87'N, 2d35.15'E). The anchorage was very crowded when we arrived Sunday afternoon but cleared out nicely for the evening and weekdays. We dinghied ashore at a jetty near the resort but left only one small rowing dinghy ashore and the others tied to the nearest boat. The #3 bus to town was a short walk up the hill and on Monday we rode it to the train station and took a scenic antique train ride across the island to Soller. There we had lunch admiring the quaint town before catching a bus back with even more scenery along the coast.
On Tuesday a group of us bussed into town again to tour the very impressive Gothic Cathedral built 1306 to 1601, the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art. We also assisted one of our new friends in purchasing a guitar. Back in the anchorage Steve Dashew did a photo shoot of Interlude's interior showing how well it has held up over the past 25 years.