Position 39:35.033N 9:04.529W Porto da Nazare
The 65nm sail from Aveiro was great with
northerlies of 15 to 25kts pushing us along so we averaged 6.5kts for the
journey. The downside was a heavy swell of 3-4mts which occasionally broke into
the cockpit. That sounds a bit over dramatic ............. substantial spray
soaked me from the waist down but the cockpit didn't fill up.
I have to confess an error on my part. There are
loads of pot markers along this coast which are very difficult to see in a
breaking swell. When we were sailing with the full main and the full genoa poled
out we ran over one whilst I was putting the kettle on. It snagged on the keel
and spun us around before releasing itself. Unfortunately the genoa
backwinded and it broke the spinnaker pole in half with a hell of a bang. It is
the sliding adjustable one and it broke off about 15 inches from the end. I will
saw it off square and rivet the old end fitting back on which will work
I may stay here for a day and explore as it looks
like the swell could be even worse tomorrow.