4/5 August -Portosin

Magnetic Attraction
Roger and Margaret Pratt
Fri 7 Aug 2009 20:14
Yo!  This is definitely the trophy port for this voyage!  I love the name and have been looking forward to visiting this superbly-named harbour.  In reality, it's a very well organised small yacht club and marina, set in a small fishing village with few amenities.  We motored accross from Muros, in time for lunch.  We were greeted and shown to a good berth, well into the marina, facing North into the wind.  All very snug.  Myrica was found a berth on the end of the pontoons, more exposed to the N swell and the wash of the passing fishing boats.  Roger has received more plaudits on what a beautiful boat Magnetic Attraction is from passing yotties. 
Here is my trophy pic, standing in front of the Club Nautica de Portosin sign.  I've got Roger a CNP baseball cap, and each of us a t-shirt!
After lunch we cycled south from Portosin to the Castro de Barona.  It was about 8+ miles, so a round trip rather longer than standard - and a lot of hills.  The cycling was on the main road as well, which was less pleasant.  But the site was stupendous in terms of situation and excavated remains and well worth a visit.  We clambered over the remains, trying to work out how the site would have worked.  There was no interpretation that we saw.  The weather was fine, but from time to time the sea missed kept rolling in, reducing visibility.
We had promised our neighbour, Laurent, that when we got back we would share weather forecasts with him.  He was bringing a 33ft boat back to La Rochelle from Toulon, single handed,  We were flabbergasted by the basic preparations that he had - a passage chart, with no detail; and a Bloc Marine almanac that was skimpy (to put it politely!) on Spanish ports.  He made copious notes from the UGRIB and passage weather forecasts of wind and swell, and set off early the following morning 5th August.  The four of us caught the bus after lunch to Noia, a town commended by all the pilots but not particularly exciting.  (But then ,we;ve been spoiled by Pontevedra!)  In a sense it was like Pontevedra in that it sits at the head of the Ria and used to be the principal port until it was silted up, and is now not accessible for fin-keeled boats.  The most exciting bit was catching the bus (2.50 euros return - the journey took 15 minutes in each direction) and observing the length and steepness of the hills we had avoided by catching the bus instead of cycling!