Sines - Lagos 37 05.86N, 08 39.68W
We waited at Sines, enjoying the weather, good company and good
swimming, whilst a new weather window developed. The necessary 5 day window
appeared on the 28th Sept,so
after loading up sufficient food and water we once again set off for
We had a very quiet day at sea. No wind but lots of dolphins playing around the bows, and increasingly high, towering cliffs as we headed towards Cabo Vincente to turn away from the west coast into the quieter waters of the Algarve.
Cabo Vincente has a fierce reputation. The wind accelerates around
the huge steep cliffs and can kick up a wicked sea. We approached as the sun
was beginning to set. A beautiful evening. No wind, no
swell. It was so peaceful that, instead of completing the last 20M to
The following day we
completed the last leg of the passage admiring the high cliffs and headlands.
We rounded the last headland to turn towards
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After a peaceful night at anchor we moved into the marina in order to do some research into alternative options. We discovered, after examining the pilot charts for the relevant times of the year, that it would be possible to do the shorter circuit if the fancy took us. We also looked at the possibility of calling into a couple of ports along the Atlantic Moroccan coast as an alternative way of reaching the Canaries if the wind decided not to comply with our plans.
Suitably armed with all the possibilities we settled down to wait for that elusive weather window of 5 days so that we could get to Madiera to meet up with my father who
would be spending a good proportion of Oct in Madiera.
Cabo Vincente anchorage.