Lagos - into the Algarve
Position 37:06.67N 8:40.45W
Date Thursday 30 September
A 07:15 departure from the anchorage at Sines saw us rounding Cape St Vincent at 14:30, with a particularly interest 3 - 4m swell, into the Algarve where we at last had the wind on the beam for a brilliant 8 – 9 knot reach with 2 reefs in everything, for the last 20 miles of this 75 mile leg to Lagos which we reached just before 17:00.
Departure was made more interesting by a 190m tanker being tugged out from the nearby oil terminal and a 280m fully laden tanker incoming taking up the 4 tugs, 2 to slow it down dragging this behemoth down to a quay destroying 3 knots. One Skipper and one Mate reached for various aids, just to check you understand, what on earth three vertical lights and a yellow over white on the stern actually meant. We now understand that Portuguese tugs show three verticals, towing over 200m, irrespective of what they are doing – a macho thing I suppose – sort of hairy chest and gold medallion, not that we know anyone like that of course.
We now have two days in
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