Frank and me went by train from Valencia to Gandia to meet his friends, the brothers Niko and Timo. We wanted to make the first confluence visit of
the degree confluence N39 W000.
This confluence has the nice property that even if it is in the sea it is not too far away from land (12 km). And there are mountains both to the west (Monduver, 841 m, distance 23 km) and the south-east (Montgo, 753 m, distance 22km ) which corresponds to approximately 2.1 degree land over the horizon.
Unfortunately, in the harbor close to Gandia we only found a sailing boat for charter and the owner told us that due to the wind from wrong direction one could not reach the point on that day. So we went to the alternative big enough harbor which is Denia.
Our first try there also turned out not to be successful. Frank's license is only valid for boats with an engine up to 10 HP and the weather was too bad (high waves) to use such a small boat for the trip.
Fortunately, Niko knew a fellow with a much bigger boat.
So we met the skipper Mario (www.catcruising.com) who was willing to bring us to the confluence. His boat "hotshot" has 300 HP so our mood turned very optimistic to reach the point very soon.
Actually we approached the confluence point without problems.
The visibility was poor, so the pictures are not very impressive.
Anyhow, this place seems to become popular thanks to www.confluence.org: three days after our visit was a visit by a second team. Now the challenge is to find better weather/equipment for making more impressive land photos (at least as detailed as our photo of Mount Montgo half way back to Denia).