Lagoon 450 F - 4 + 2 cab.
- Build year:2020
- Length:45 ft
- Boat type:Catamaran
- Mainsail:Full battened
- Genoa type:Furling
On the east coast of the Balearic Island of Mallorca (Majorca), Portcolom is a sailing Mecca and well developed holiday resort. It's European Blue Flag sandy beaches are among the best in the Balearics and there is a lot of culture, gastronomy and fun to be had.
Christopher Colombus is said to have been born in the town, which was renamed in his honour. History has seen the Arabs, Romans, British and Spanish empires rule the island and you will find a lot of hints of these eras locally.
Now a major fishing port, Portocolom was a major export centre for Mallorcan wine for many years until the Phylloxera blight wiped out the island's vineyards in the 19th Century. The wine industry has revived in recent years and now there are opportunities to taste the best that the island has to offer in the town.
There is a chance to taste Mallorcan food at a number of high-quality restaurants in Portocolom and with a stop at a tapas bar obligatory.
One good thing for the yachting enthusiast is the marinas locally - there are three within a few miles of the town, making it very popular with sailors.
With the tourism, yachting and fishing economies the town has resolutely remained a tranquil backwater. There are a few shops to be found on the seafront but for any real shopping, you should head to Felanitx where you can get everything you need for your sailing holiday.
On the east coast of Majorca, your Portocolom yacht charter gives you ample opportunity to explore the coast of the island and beyond to either Menorca or Ibiza on a longer sailing vacation.
The town lies on the Cala d'Or, a beautiful bay with a long, sandy beach and quiet, laid back holiday resorts. A short sail can take you to a secluded cove to drop anchor and enjoy the peace, quiet and scenery.
For a bit of coastal walking, you shouldn't miss nearby Cala Figuera - a fishing village that is like taking a step back in time. Very beautiful, it retains its character through its main industry fishing.
Many boat rental holidays never involve leaving the island itself that has so much on offer you don't really need to sail elsewhere. There is something for everyone to be found - nightspots in the different tourist towns, the city of Palma with its cosmopolitan buzz, national parks, secluded coves and secluded bays, and a marine nature reserve with an uninhabited island.
A two-week yacht charter can allow you to explore further afield. Many will take in Mallorca and Ibiza but a number will head for Menorca and circumnavigate that as well as Mallorca.
To the SW of Mallorca are the islands of Ibiza and Formentera. These have a bit of a reputation as a party capital but are in fact renowned for their laid back, alternative culture.
To the northeast is Menorca - another famous holiday island with its resorts, fishing villages and great sandy beaches.
This is one of the busiest airports in the region, handling around two million passenger movements a year from most European countries.
From there you can take a bus or taxi to your marina in or near Portocolom.
There are three medium-sized marinas serving Portocolom and Cala d'Or. All have yacht charter companies offering luxury yacht charter, catamaran, monohull sailing boat, and motor yacht hire on a bareboat or skippered charter basis from a day charter up to a couple of weeks.
Max Length 20m (65.6 Feet)
Max Draught 3 m (9.8 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, fuel station, ATM, wastewater and refuse collection, shipyard, bar, restaurant.
Club Náutico Portocolom:
Max Length 20m (65.6 Feet)
Max Draught 2.5m (8.2 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, fuel station, laundry, ATM, market, wastewater and refuse collection, shipyard, pharmacy, bar, restaurant.
Marina Cala d'Or:
To the SW of Portocolom (but farther by land than by sea) is Cala d'Or and its marina.
Max Length 26m (85 Feet)
Max Draught 4m (13 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, fuel station, WiFi, laundry, ATM, market, wastewater and refuse collection, shipyard, medical centre, bar, restaurant.
Though many a sailing holiday from Portocolom can involve a circuit of Majorca, you can easily island hop even on a seven-day sailboat trip. Here we suggest two such itineraries - to Menorca and to Ibiza.
7 days - Mahon and Mallorca: Sailing out of Portocolom you head north-east to Menorca. Pausing at Cabo Pera on Mallorca for the first night you cross to Menorca the next. Your first night will be in Ciutadella, the original capital until the British moved governance to Mahon for its harbour. Over the next couple of days you will then make your way to Mahon, pausing at different calas (bays) to relax and enjoy the solitude. The next day will be a big sailing day of around 60 nautical miles back towards Porto Pedro and then home to Portocolom.
14 days - Ibiza and Mallorca: This is an opportunity to experience the two main climates of the Balearic Islands. Ibiza is the most southerly of the islands and has a SE breeze that many find the best sailing on the Mediterranean Sea. After crossing to Ibiza, spending a night in Ibiza Town or Santa Eulalia, the sheltered bays of Formentera and then San Antonio on your return leg before heading across to Port Adriano or Palma. The NE breeze dominates Mallorca and you will experience this for the second week as you head clockwise around the island, and round to the east coast and home port of Portocolom.
The sailing season in the Balearic Islands is best from May to October. The major party towns heat up to full frenzy in June to August. It is very much down to what you want from a sailing holiday in the islands - if partying all night is on the cards, the top DJs will hit the region in that time. If the quiet life is what you seek, then do try to get out during term time - the sea is still warm in September and October, though the Tramontana wind starts to be more frequent at this time of year, as it eases off in early May.
The northeast breeze common to coastal Mediterranean France dominates Majorca and provides cool relief from the summer heat. It never really gets above 17 knots or so so there will be some exciting sailing but never more than is fun. You will see more precipitation towards the beginning and end of the sailing season (May and October) but the temperatures rarely stray below 15-17 degrees during those times. In the height of summer (July/August), it isn't as hot as mainland Spain, though you will see the odd few days in the 30+ C range. For Northern Europeans and those from other cooler climates, this makes for a perfect boat rental holiday!
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
There are two - the 200 berth Puerto Portocolom and the 252 berth Club Náutico Portocolom. Nearby in Cala d'Or is the Cala d'Or Marina with 499 berths.
With July and August the busiest times for a Mallorca yacht charter why not go during term time. The sailing season runs from April to October and the Mediterranean Sea is still warm in September.
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.
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