Cascais is a really pretty town and we would have liked to stay
in longer but needed to stay at least a day ahead of the rally Portugal yachts
as the next stopover in Sines was only a small marina and we may not have
been able to get a berth. Cascais was also a marked change from the Portuguese
ports further north where there was a feeling of emptiness and something
waiting to happen……probably the short holiday season in July and August!
The journey from Cascais via Sines was notable only for the
lack of wind. We have been treated kindly by the weather gods and all the major
coastal dangers have been in their more benign moods with Cape St Vincent
passed with no wind and a flat sea although we did have to handle the dense fog
that reduced visibility to just a few meters for the last 10nm of the Atlantic
coast. For the first time since we left Ipswich we turned left and headed east
towards the final destination of Gibraltar (at least for this part of the trip)
and are now in Lagos where we will stay a few days and take a break from
sailing and try to regain some fitness that has been lost over the last few
Lagos has a holiday resort feel about the place and is
buzzing with lots of English and Irish tourists and restaurants of every type
We have also taken lots of videos of the dolphins that have
joined us at least once a day to play around the boat as we made our way south.
On the last leg to Lagos we had four separate groups that came to play ranging
from a small group of three to a larger group of thirty or more. The last
encounter was with two mothers and there very small youngsters.
The trip down the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal have
provided plenty of interest and I have attached some photos of some of the many
Santiago de Compostela
Not all plain sailing!!!
Eiffel’s bridge in Porto