We could say that we have been recovering from crossing Biscay, or that we
are waiting for better winds, but neither would be true. We were not so
tired when we arrived that a good nights sleep did not restore us and the
weather is very settled at the moment.
In fact we are enjoying our stay here. There are lots of small jobs to
attend to on the boat. The town is very accommodating and everything we need
is at hand.
Amongst the many jobs, we are constructing the upright for the new
wind-generator. This is sited on the aft port quarter so that it does not
interfere with the self steering gear. It has 2 solid struts to support it.
Attaching it all to the boat has been extremely tricky and we have had
difficulty drilling some of the holes required. Mike spent several happy
hours drilling one hole with a drill bit held in a pair of pliers because of
Bayona is an historic town. There is a small fortified section (Parador) and
an old town with many interesting buildings. It is perhaps most well known
as the port that Christopher Columbus returned to in 1493 after discovering
the Americas. There is a replica of the Pinta moored in the harbour.
However, we plan to leave soon and hop across the border to Portugal before
too many barnacles grow on the bottom.
We are hoping to sail to Povoa de Varzim on Saturday.T