Day four provided a
really great beat on a starboard tack giving us an average of 7kts over some 5
hours. The downside was that we ended up making landfall some 100 miles
to the east of La Coruna,
and the wind promptly faded away. Motor sailing for the remainder of the
night and through most of Saturday was the only sensible option, given the fact
that we wished to arrive in La Coruna
before dark on Saturday. What wind here was remained obstinately in the
We arrived at the marina
in La Coruna at 2125 local time to a great
greeting from Alice
and the Rally organiser Tony Dimont. Introducing Caduceus into her berth
was fun but achieved without any major problem. One secured there was a
very quick turn change and off into the town to join the crew of Celtic Breeze
who had arrived at 1600 and were ensconced in a very buzy restaurant.
My memories of Spain were not
wrong. At midnight people were still taking tables and ordering meals and
the town was very much alive with strollers of all ages.
Overall an excellent
proving sail for both the boat and us. Nothing like four days uphill
sailing to test things out.