Fai Tira Blog Tuesday
Fai Tira in Spain at last
Well we have made it to
Spain at last!!. We haven’t arrived
in the port we intended due to a number of circumstances I will go into
later. We were hoping to go to
Camarinas on the NW coast of Spain around the corner from La Coruna. This would
have been a good stopping off point to get us around the fabled Cape
We had been at sea for 4
days and were coming to our 5th night. The wind had been mostly from the SW for
the transit of Biscay. This meant
we were close hauled all of the time.
Whenever we could pinch the wind we would to get as far west as we could
but our southerly course was heading us towards Santander. Every time we put a tack in we were
against heavy seas and our leeway was such that we were heading just north of
west. Psychologically this was a
bad thing as we saw the miles to goal increasing on the GPS not
Then we had some good
luck the wind went around to the NW and we had 10 hours in the right
direction. Dawn rose today to see
us with only 60 miles to go. The
wind direction was such that we could possibly make La Coruna. We decided to make land there. Then the wind picked up and increased to
force 8 from the SW. By this time
we were only 20 miles from our new goal.
We reefed down to the second reef and decided to motor sail to help us
We furled the Genoa and just had the stay sail
up doing 6 knots towards a marina and a shower. Only 4 hours to go were both drenched
waves coming over the cockpit, we. We then noticed the stay sail was
detached where it meets the mast.
Bugger we need a safe haven.
We looked at the direction best to relieve pressure on the rig, luckily
we were pointed straight at the fishing port of Cedeira. We arrived here at 6.00 with both of us
thoroughly knackered and wet through.
We dropped anchor and relaxed for a bit before we pulled the stay sail
down. What a trip!! Let’s hope we
get fairer winds in the future.
We will have to go to La
Coruna to get a rigger to sort out the stay so will be off to there the day
Anyhow we are safe and
well and looking forward to a day doing maintenance on the boat,not!!
YOU IT WAS AN ADVENTURE AND NOT A HOLIDAY.
Bye for now.