Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Sat 9 Oct 2010 22:59

Position           37:00.03N 7:56.22W

Date                Saturday 9 October 2010       


This was to be break out day.  The alarm clock went off at 06:30 ready for the off.  A check of the Navtex revealed a less than promising weather forecast but more importantly a high swell and wave warning.  Given the nature of the passage out to the open sea an executive decision was made to go back to bed and forget about progress.


We had heard from Jonas and Anne-Sophie of Amel Super Maramu “Lady Anilha”, last met in La Rochelle, that they were anchored near Faro.  This is part of the same inland waterway as Olhão and Ilha Culatra and after some checking up we motored the six miles round to Faro and anchored downstream from them


En-route to visit Faro by dinghy we encountered the ARC yacht Oyster Heritage “Sestina” belonging to Mike and Jean.  This will be their second ARC and they, like us are doing the crossing double handed.  They however are entered in the racing Class!  It was great to meet another couple.


If you think that you have problems with pigeons then you should see the Faro bird problem – storks everywhere!




Faro was made more entertaining by the railway bridge over the entrance to the small marina, it being the only sensible place to leave a dinghy.  To understand the entertainment value of this it is necessary to understand that the bridge clearance at high water was about 12 inches. We arrived 1 hour before high water and limbo’d our way in.  A walk around the old town , famous for the fact that it has Storks nesting on the roofs of the buildings and lampposts, this and some food shopping easily filled two hours, even if we had to shelter in a bar from a shower, as one does!




In the photograph the railway bridge is just above the outboard motor protruding from the boats moored on the left hand side.


Leaving was a different matter as one hour after supposed high water it would have been a SBS job to get out under the bridge.  The solution was to retire to a second bar with a view of the bridge and wait!  


Jonas, having had to return to Sweden for some days we were able to entertain Anne-Sophie for dinner in the evening.


All in all a very pleasant and interesting day.