Continued lack of wind meant another day of motor sailing, although we
did manage four out of ten hours under sail and no motor as the wind came and
went. Desperation – we even put up the mizzen staysail and gennaker
which gave us a steady 6kts .
The AIS had shown Quicksilver, and ARC member who we had met in Bayona,
in the marina at Figueira and they popped up about 2 miles behind us and we
enjoyed a chat on the VHF catching up on where we had both been. With their
encouragement we made a slight detour to visit the Ilha da Berlenga where the
Pilot Book said that there were possible settled weather anchorages. With a 2m
swell running neither anchorage looked tenable but the sail by was well worth
the visit. The island is very dramatic with a fortified monastery built on an
off lying rock; to quote the Pilot “Forte de São João Baptista –
built in the 17th century by monks, tired of their undefended
monastery being ransacked by pirates”.
The detour added some 4 miles and after
66nm we dropped anchor in the shelter of the breakwater outside Peniche, a very
busy commercial fishing port with a small marina which as we were only staying
for the hours of darkness we chose to avoid.
It appears necessary that yachts check in with the GNR (Maritime
Police) at every stop. In marinas the office can do this by fax. We were not
sure how anchorages were treated. It may not be general but in Peniche the GNR
do house calls – bureaucracy with a smile delivered by RIB!