Some views of Mallorca can only be had by boat. Rugged cliffs where sea eagles nest, caverns cut deep into the rock after years of erosion and tranquil coves of crystalline waters inaccessible by road. A charter on the classic wooden boat, Bonnie Lass, is to be transported to uplifting beauty by a piece of maritime history.
It immediately stood out from the other boats in the marina of the picturesque coastal town of Port de Soller. Sleek white yachts have become the norm, and the Bonnie Lass has so much more character. It's a 1949 Scottish ringnetter which owners Roo and Pete found at the maritime museum in La Rochelle and lovingly restored. Once upon a time, sailors on the North Sea would have loaded it full of herring. It retains its history in all the classic details; stepping into the cockpit with the wooden helm and vintage instruments, I breathed in a sense of nostalgia. "A proper boat," a passenger remarked.