We had a great time in Gib, some great pubs and restaurants. Plus the hot showers at Sheppards were just fantastic. However soon it was time to continue our journey eastward to pick up Jackie and the kids and for the rest of the crew to get off and make their way home. This phase of the journey was mostly very light winds with more motoring than one would wish.
As what was to become our usual modus operandi, we came into Alicante in the dark. Fortunately there was absolutely no wind and we crept our way into the harbour. It was very difficult to pick out the navigation lights amongst all the city lights but we finally managed to find the sea wall and backed in and tied up at about 1 AM, with the temperature above 30 degrees Celsius. It seemed the whole city was out with the number of people milling about. There were many families walking around the quay, this seemed strange as our children were usually in bed before 9 PM. However, the sounds did not disturb us as we were bushed and sleep came very easily.
The next morning Sr. Yates showed up at the stern and informed us that our wives had arrived and were checking each day on our arrival. Paddy's wife, Jean and daughter Jo, showed up later with Jackie plus Kirsten and Christian in tow. We had a couple of very nice days relaxing but it wasn't long before it was time to shove off. The Sheehy family flew off to England and Philip reluctantly left as well, however Philip will join us a number of times in the future.