The Waiting Game 37:55.98N 08:52.74W
We waited at anchor at Cascais from Sun 12th until Fri 17th Sept, diligently scanning all available weather internet sites and local information, looking for a suitable 4 – 5 day window to take us to Madiera. Meanwhile we made the most of our surroundings. The water was clear and lovely for swimming off the boat. With this in mind, the skipper sent the ship’s diver down to scrub the propeller as it had accumulated quite a bit of growth and was causing us to motor less efficiently.
We had decided to buy a Wifi enhancer to allow us to use the internet more often from the boat. This proved very difficult, and after several bus rides to out of town shopping centres and specialist shops, we eventually managed to track one down at the local chandlery! (After all that it wasn’t compatible with our computer and the skipper used his special nautical language to the full to express his frustration!)
We enjoyed looking around Cascais, very attractive but also one of the few touristy
places that we had come across. We also took advantage of the excellent, cheap
and frequent train service for another look around
We could have caught one of the old trams for a round trip, but as it was hot and the trams were crowded, satisfied ourselves by watching their noisy progress around the tiny streets.
We had decided to leave for
We had a lovely sail until lunchtime, where, typically, just as we were tucking into lunch, the wind started to rise and we were forced to delay our repast in order to reef.
As the afternoon wore on the wind rose steadily, necessitating a further reef and bringing on a very uncomfortable beam sea complete with breaking waves and violent unpredictable motion. We both began tp feel very unwell and, what with this, the rising conditions and starting off without complete confidence in the forecast, decided to turn back and head towards Sines.
We arrived the following am
and quickly recovered with some sleep. We are now in a little
Celia and Andrew on
We think that there might be
a window for