Magnetic Attraction
Roger and Margaret Pratt
Fri 16 Aug 2013 19:44


16 August 2013 – at anchor, Muros



From Camarinas in low cloud this morning – even the tops of the wind turbines were shrouded in cloud.


and along the coast in fog until lunchtime and Finnisterre, when the sun came out in the nick of time.


From then on there was glorious sunshine and an increasing breeze as we ran down with the wind dead astern and the jib poled out into the Ria de Muros.

We were greeted by a brass band marching along the main street and fireworks from the town slipway!  Muros is in fiesta, the day after the bank holiday for the feast of the Assumption.  The fireworks are traditional shells, fired in daylight.  Size (decibels) matter, and in the confines of the anchorage off the town the echoes are immense – sometimes 7-10 echoes as the noise bounces off the surrounding hills.

Domestic stuff – the solar cells are performing really well, and making a difference: especially en route where they are holding their own against the fridge, autohelm, kettles for teas and coffee, computers, etc.   We’re eating local specialities – especially the piments de padron, and corona de Andrade – an almond cake in celebration of S iago de Compostela. 

The anchorage is good, even in the 20 knot breeze that was blowing on arrival.  Now it’s settling down to be more peaceful overnight, but more boats are arriving.  It’s a bit cramped!  But whilst the wind may have dropped the fiesta is only just starting.  The music of the parties will test the ability to shut out distractions. I expect.