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Private day trips on a beautiful classic yacht
Private day trips on a beautiful classic yacht

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Very proud to have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015! #COE2015  
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On 6 May 1801, Thomas Cochrane (whose exploits inspired both C.S. Forester's Hornblower and Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey), while commander of the sloop "Speedy" (14 guns, 54 men) captured the Spanish frigate "El Gamo" (32 guns, 319 men) after a lengthy action, just off the coast of Barcelona. You can see the city and the hill of Montjuic in this painting! This was just one of many actions he led along the coast of Catalunya during the Napoleonic wars, which led to the French nicknaming him Le Loup des Mers ('The Sea Wolf'). 
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Coffee just got even better!
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Gannets, shearwaters and my favourites, terns, were all making a big scene around the boat during our sunset cruise today. The light was incredibly soft, there was hardly any breeze, but with a big swell rolling in from the north. All the boats from the afternoon had cleared back into the port and we had the sea almost totally to ourselves.

The sea birds were feeding intensively all around the boat. The gannets, spectacular, large birds diving from high up, pointing their dagger bills at the sea, folding their wings along their bodies and shooting themselves into the water like rigid spears, perfect divers, hardly rippling the water as they plunged under. The shearwaters, endlessly circling, the tips of their wings almost touching the waves, magical in their connection with and yet, lack of contact with the water's surface. And the terns. My favourites. A cross between a hummingbird and a falcon, they hover above the sea with their beautiful heads motionless, then dive, then rise up into the air again, shaking the water clear from their heads like a dog, except - they're flying!

And yet, with all this action going on around us, we were in the most peaceful moment. The world was turning. The sea birds were feeding. The waves were rolling in and the sun was drifting down towards the mountains. Everything was alright with the world and we were almost supine in our relaxation.

And then, one moment of great violence. A tail thrashed above the surface. A huge tail! A dolphin! I thought, but no, not a dolphin. A blue fin tuna. A fish the size of a dolphin! The seagulls were not the only ones feeding. And again! That tail thrashing, furious, driving, life and death playing out just 50 metres from the boat.

And that was all.

But the peaceful surface of the sea at dusk now hides, for me, a thoroughbred predator, a packed body of muscle and anger, another being, another way of existence, an animal focused on the hunt, the chase, the kill. 

Something wild and alive, and not more than 1 mile from the centre of the city of Barcelona. Wild life. 
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It's the Puig Vela classic regatta week in Barcelona. Gemini mixed up with the big boats yesterday during our afternoon cruise!
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