42:56.40N 9:13.25W Wednesday 4 August 2010 Finesterre, Spain
A rather grey day prompted a more leisurely start, but with only 30 miles to do it was not a problem.
The wind has stayed firmly in the north east which makes for un-complicated sailing. We could have done with the new cruising chute that however will have to await a fix to the furler; hopefully that will be sorted in Bayona next week.
The coast sailing past Cabo Toriňana and onto Cabo Finesterre was magnificent. The pilot advises staying 5 miles offshore and it is easy to see the wisdom of that advice when considering what it might look like in a westerly blow. Today with a north easterly blowing it was the windward shore and we could therefore be a little more relaxed and stay some 1-2 miles off – reassured by some yachts who appeared to be indulging in mediterranean navigation (keeping one foot on the beach).
Cabo Finesterre is at the southerly end of a long rocky spine, behind which to the east is the sheltered Seno de Corcubión. Everything is relative and with the current settled weather pattern the afternoons provide a brisk 20-25 kt wind which makes anchoring seem rather more fraught than it actually is.
There were two choices in the north of the bay for anchoring in the Ensenada del Sardiñeiro; the pilot advising that both were good. One, off a village, had some 12 boats already there. The other with a small hotel beyond a pleasant sandy beach had no boats. We still cannot work out why we remain anchored in wonderful isolation. It made practicing the bagpipes less anti-social.
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