Med. Fall 2019

Nov 18th - Dec 31st, 2019

Punta de Tarifa, and the lighthouse. A very strategic point for Spain. And, also the western inlet to the Strait of Gibraltar

We had good speed through the Strait of Gibraltar, with only the Genoa, and 1.7 kt current with us we did almost 9kt.

Cheers in Jäger for passing through the imaginary bridge over the strait of Gibraltar. Connecting two continents ;-)


Nice view from Marina de Alcaidesa, Gibraltar, on the Spanish side. Very nice and affordable marina which we definitely can recommend.

Visiting the Iconic Gibraltar for a day

We took the gondola up to the top

View from the top. The marina is in the distance, on the Spanish side

Looking down from the top, on the Mediterranean side. This is where the nice beaches are. A little cold in the water now though

View from the top

Monkey, Monkeys everywhere...

How many monkeys in this picture ;-)

We hiked around the whole cliff of Gibraltar, Mediterranean steps trail. Pretty steep here. Lots of steps

Anders outside the cave, and then taking picture from the inside of the cave

View from the top of the ridge, and top of the Mediterranean trail

View from O'Hara's Battery looking south towards Europa point, and Africa

Went underground at the O'Hara's Battery to see the machinery.

We walked back on the west side on Royal Anglian way. Windsor Suspension bridge was part of the trail

Thought it was kind of fun with Devil's Gap Battery since we live in Devil's Thumb neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado

So many road signs here in Gibraltar ;-)

I don't like snakes :-(

Left Gibraltar when the weather cleared after two days of rain and wind

Benalmadena marina:

Crew, Johan Strömbäck

Beautiful morning in Benalmadena marina

New crew member arrived from Sweden yesterday. We’re happy to have Johan with us on Horizon 😀⛵️

Punta de La Mona

Nice anchorage at Punta del la Mona. We explored the little town

Stunning clouds over the mountains, seen from our anchorage

Same day different conditions

Playa de los Genoveses

On our hike up to the closest hill

Spectacular south Spain coastline

Moon, Venus and Jupiter seen pretty close together on this beautiful night sky

View over our anchorage, from the top

When the sea is calm we can do projects while we're sailing. Here we replaced our broken solenoid unit for the propane

Another calm day cruising east on the south coast of Spain

So more time for chores. Here repair of the spinnaker bag

Cala Cerrada

This anchorage was a real gem. Only two buoys, and no anchoring aloud. Very close to Batteria de Castillitos

Hike up to the closest hilltop

Perfect place to take Blackbird, our drone out

In the same cove there was a scuba diving boat. We asked if they could dive down under our boat and film the bottom with our GoPro. They were happy to do that. After we gave him a small bottle of rum from Puerto Rico, he got super happy and almost opened the bottle and started to drink on his way back swimming ;-)

Another beautiful sunset

Yacht Port Cartagena

Lunch stop in Cartagena bay. We had a quiet spot on the west side. Closer to Cartagena, to the east, it was super busy with lots of tankers anchored. Can you spot the arch?

The inlet to Cartagena harbor

City walk in Cartagena. This is one of the old Amphitheaters.

What to do on Horizon a rainy day in Cartegena. Of course we Swedes are making Glögg from what ingredients we happen to have on the boat. Pretty good result. With Christmas music playing we’re getting in to the Christmas spirit 🤶🎅 Cheers

Seen in the restrooms in the marina :-)

Love Lighthouses

Oops, it looks like we are back in Miami 🤔 But this is La Manga beach

Storm clouds are moving away this morning. Leaving Torrevieja

Anchored outside “party town” Benidorm 😀🥂

Benidorm in the sunset.

The mountain with the square notch is Puig Campana . The rock offshore is said to be the missing bit kicked into the sea by a giant or god.

This is the rock offshore, in the sunset

Just a sample of all the cool rock formations on the east coast of Spain. From Torrevieja up to Denia.

So happy with our new bikes, they extend our range dramatically. Bromptons they are!

At the top of Castillo la Dénia, overlooking the marina where Horizon is

Festivities in the old city of Denia

Captains dinner in the marina in Denia

Time to fly home to Boulder for Christmas. Horizon is safely moored in Valencia. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The whole extended family were in Boulder together for the Holidays. Such a special time 💕