Photos and weather

Minka of Southampton - Cruising Log
Edmund Wigan
Sun 18 Sep 2011 10:25
I have decided to stay here in Nazare for at least a day to let the swell and wind go down a bit. We have 30kt gusts in the marina at the moment and Minka is pretty well nailed to the pontoon by it. The marina is run by a very friendly English couple called Michael and Sally Hadley. Michael is ex Royal Navy and they are both very knowledgeable about the area and sailing conditions. Although the marina is out of town there is a useful little shop/cafe here which sells most things but notably very good donuts.
A few photos from the last couple of days
On the way to Aveiro, just to prove I do occasionally put the spinnaker up. It came down when the true wind got up to 15kts and we started surfing at 7kts plus.
This one came a bit close doing 18kts. He missed me by 0.2nm and wouldn't have done that if I hadn't altered course substantially. He came between me and a french yacht which was sailing in roughly the same direction.
I later passed behind him. He was tacking downwind so gradually disappeared out into the Atlantic. They are now moored next to me in Nazare.
This shows the entrance to Nazare. The sea became much flatter here as there is a very deep trench or gulley coming out from Nazare and the depth calms the sea down. It makes Nazare a harbour that can be entered in any weather which is useful on this coast as many harbours close due to wind and swell.
And finally..............
The two piece spinnaker pole!