----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 5:36 PM
Subject: 11th June 2008 - Another 4th place price
Yippee! After having won a prize for coming fourth
in the first Smiley Miley competition, we have now won silverware (or more
precisely - a hand painted ceramic tile) for coming fourth in the second
race - after Sealion, Bouzouki and Blonde Moment. Clearly, those hours
spent bobbing around on the water without motoring were worth
The excitement generated from this award
was second only to that of the local Portuguese populous who went a bit
loopy this afternoon after wining their second match in Euro 2008, securing
a place in the next round of the competition. We watched the match on a
big screen in the town square with a few hundred locals and afterwards
there was much hugging and honking of car horns. John even had his Ronaldo
clad stomach kissed by a rather attractive Portuguese lass.
This morning we had a short tour of the town and
the surrounding area. It took place in a non-air-conditioned bus
and highlights included an industrial park, sight of numerous hotels,
several large non-Portuguese style houses built by wealthy returning
emigrants and lots of vegetables being grown on sand dunes. Not the most
exciting of tours we have ever had but it was surprisingly enjoyable and the
tour guide very cheerful and welcoming.
This has been the high point of our time in
Povoa. The place is a bit of a dump with the saving grace
being that most of the people we have met are extremely nice.
When we arrived last night we were greeted
by a bevy of marina staff enthusiastic to take our lines and help us after a
tiring day's sail. Unfortunately this great
welcome was followed by the news that there was no time to freshen up as
the Yacht Club was about to stop serving food, even though it was only nine
o'clock. When we arrived at the club all they had left
to eat was boiled beef steaks in a mustard sauce.
Later, on returning
to the boat, we found that the shore power had cut out on the whole pontoon and
none of the rally boats have had any power since. We are told,
somewhat unbelievably, that this is outside the control of the
marina. Whatever the reason, on Bali Hai we are going to sleep tonight to
the sound of the generator running in order to ensure that the several cases of
vinho verde we purchased are suitably chilled.
We have not had the greatest first impression
of Portugal but tomorrow it is Porto with a tour of Taylor's port lodge.
So I cannot help but think that things are going to