Ibiza has a reputation as being a ‘party island’, with thousands flocking there each year for hot days on the pristine beaches and hot nights clubbing at the mega-venues with world class DJ’s flying in each week all summer. But there is another, more tranquil side to the island and it’s smaller sister 7 miles to the south - Formentera. If you know where to go and when.
The ‘party season’ in Ibiza traditionally starts in early May and concludes late September. But of course, the mass tourists leave the island in late August or very early September, with children returning to school. Flight availability and prices in September should be more favourable too.
I offered the Commodore that, in the absence of a RC Charters in post this year and with the prospect of no ‘warmer weather’ club charter event, I would be happy to use my relationships developed with yacht charter suppliers on the island and my cruising ground knowledge gained from sailing in the Balearics each year for the last four years, to lead on the pulling together of and acting as a tour guide (if you will) for a one or two week cruise. One week would be sufficient for Ibiza and Formentera. Two weeks would be necessary if the flotilla (or part of) wanted to head across to Majorca also. Majorca is a much larger island of course, so even with a fortnight, we may not get to explore all of Majorca, probably focusing on the south and south eastern coastline.
I am at the point now where I have yacht charter availability and pricing. But I do not want to put a tremendous amount of effort in to this, if the club has little or no appetite. So, headline dates, availability and pricing below. The actual itinerary can be fluid, dependent on guest wishes, but I would certainly recommend stops at Ses Salines, Cala Jondal and Cala Llonga in Ibiza, plus stops at Formentera and it’s stunning beaches too. I'll aim to spend most nights at anchor to avoid high marina fees, and we can stock up at an excellent supermarket close to the charter base in San Antonio. Of course, if the consensus is there for a big gay night out in Ibiza Old Town or a big gay day on the famous Cavallet gay beach, these wishes could be accommodated too!
Charter Base: San Antonio, Ibiza
Proposed dates: Saturday 7 - Saturday 14 September 2019 (with second week TBC for Majorca if sufficient interest)
- Bavaria 46 Cruiser (2007) Sleeps 9: €3900
- Bavaria 50 Cruiser (2010) Sleeps 11: €4900
- Lagoon 400 S2 (2012) Sleeps 12: €6800
- Hanse 415 (2015) Sleeps 8: €4500
- Elan 514 (2009) Sleeps 11: €5200
- Lagoon 380 (2012) Sleeps 12: €5400
Costs are in Euros for one week and do not include compulsory or optional extras. Compulsory extras include the cost of supplying bedding, towels, cleaning etc. Prices for these items vary from one yacht to another. Optional extras may include pre-ordered groceries, tender/outboards.
I have yet to ask the question if a second week would be double the single week price.
Feel free to contact me direct if you want any more detailed information at this stage. It goes without saying that the sooner we can firm up on numbers and secure reservations with the charter company, the better.