We left the familiarity of Gibraltar behind (but we will be back in October). It is a unique, welcoming place with heaps of history and it has a nice easy vibe. It's also a place that is currently not part of the EU and is out of the Schengen Visa Zone. The Schengen Visa applies to all EU countries and only allows a 90 day stay for the entire continent (except for the UK and Gibraltar after Brexit). We will need more than 90 days over here! In this photo, the Rock is shrouded in a solitary cloud when there are easterly winds blowing, and they were forecast to continue for at least a week. That was the direction we needed to go, but luckily the winds were light and we motored into the Med without too much difficulty.
Oyai is very well equipped for open ocean sailing and has done one global circumnavigation already with a previous owner. We plan to make a blog about the boat itself in the next little while, so if you are interested, stay tuned for that! This photo was taken just before we had her surveyed in Martinique. This was the 4th boat we looked at and the 3rd we had surveyed. The sordid story of her purchase is worth waiting for.