Update from Peniche

Rob and Jacky Black
Tue 17 Jun 2008 13:33

Finally we have internet access again so am able to write an addition to the diary. We enjoyed Figueira da Foz and especially the sardine party in the marina and the cocktails on board Bali Hai. There was an excellent covered market where we were able to re-stock the fridge with lovely fresh produce – we can now only hope the electricity supply at the marinas we visit provide us with power so we can keep the food!

Yesterday’s race from Fig. To Peniche was the best to date as there was actually wind for most of the trip! We started at 0900 and were able to sail for about an hour before the direction and force became untenable and the ‘iron topsail’ was engaged. However as the clouds cleared so the wind picked up and it slowly veered to WNW enabling us to forge ahead. The visibility improved and we were able to see several of the fleet scattered around us. We were joined by a small school of common dolphins for at least 20 minutes they  obviously enjoyed our bow waves. We had a cracking sail to the finish at the harbour breakwater and only missed our predicted eta by 45 minutes – the closest yet!

The town of Penich is very old and surrounded by ancient fortifications we have yet to explore these but will be visiting the museum later today. Tomorrow we are off to Oeiras the port close to Lisbon where Bert and Gerry join us for the final legs of the rally.

Jacky and Bob (Arwen)