40:08.87N 8:51.56W Wednesday 15 September Figueira da Foz
Breakout! Tuesday was the day that we intended to leave but only 2-3 kts of wind all day and the forecast does not look much better for the rest of the week. Wednesday there was still no wind but we decided that motor or not we had to get going and that is what we did.
Povoa da Varzim to Figueira da Foz was 77nm and slipping at 09:00 and motoring into a very light breeze for all but two hours when the wind got itself up from a sensible direction but then died we arrived off Figueira as dusk was falling at 20:00.
Figueira has no tenable anchorage and as we had heard enough from the
engine for the day the only option was to head for the marina. Coming alongside
the very substantial floating concrete reception jetty we were met by a
charming GNR (Maritime Police) policeman who took our lines. Our Portuguese
being limited to “Please” and “Thank you” there
followed an Anglo/Portuguese version of Allo Allo minus Lieutenant Grubber and
a Madonna with the big what nots. “The
We settled down to an