So.......the chief blogger has left the boat (and the
......and the responsibility for the blogging falls to
the skipper! This will not be quite up to the 'BBC foreign correspondent'
standards set by Susan but I shall do my best!!
The new crew assembled in Baiona.
Anne and Julia arrived from a rain swept Porto and were
keen to show off their new purchase designed to keep the rain off! They claimed
they had got some funny looks from the locals. I can't imagine
Elise arrived from Rome. At least she arrived.
Unfortunately her luggage didn't! It was promised for 9 am the next morning. It
eventually arrived at 9 am Spanish time (about 11am!!) We then left Baiona immediately. The weather in Baiona had been
awful. Quite cold and driving rain. It cleared briefly as we left but the wind
was strong and on the nose!
As forecast, this declined once we got out to sea and we
had a pleasant motor all the way to Povoa do Varzim arriving here at about 2000.
Once they had worked out what all the bits of string
the new crew quickly got into the swing of the watch
system and had no problem relaxing during their off watch times!!
Julia has so far conjured up some outstanding meals. It
will be a real pleasure having her on board for the ARC! (although I am worried
about my waistline!)
The marina at Povoa seems very pleasant and
There are a number of ARC boats here and we have dinner
with Geoff and Ann from 'Nyda' tonight whom both Anne and I know.