Dept La Coruna 3rd Oct having spent friday on airplanes. Crew was Marina Henry Lara and Cillian. Forecast was nasty but most of sat was fine. Just as we headed south the weather changed and the forecasted southerlies kicked in with torrential rain. Checks with folk in Galway indicated no change from early forecast. 15-20K S. Right on the nose! Lisbon was looking unlikely and Portosin looked more likely. Did 2up 3 hour shifts. Wind eased overnight and continued light southerly through SUnday. We couldnt believe our luck and darent discuss how far we might get. Diesel was the next concern. Sun night was light enought to go to 1 up 2.5 hour shifts giving more time in bed. Marina drew or selected the short straw choosing to pick her way through fishing fleets on the unusually bottomed area around the headland at Peniche. The depths varied dramatically in this area. To keep herself busy she tried out the sextant and retrieved diesel from the bowels of the aft locker.
Lara had the pleasure of getting us below 40 degrees north.
Again AIS, Radar and the Sprayhood came into their own on this leg. AS ever Dolphins kept us company along the way.
On mon morning I was proceeding along the coast when I realised we were in a military shooting range and there was a naval vessel ahead. Had to divert out to see adding at least and hour to the journey.
Wind really picked up as we approached Lisbon. Timing was good as it blew stink that night and was still honking tues morning.
We berthed in Oreias marina. New facility, clean, well supplied with very helpful staff. Topped up with diesel, cleaned up boat and headed to local town for nice Italian meal having eventually found a taxi while wandering in the general direction.
Present location 38.40.33 N 9.19.04 W