La Coruna and Rias - 29th July - 7th August
Arriving in La Coruna - The Torre de Hercules, the oldest functioning lighthouse in the world
3 nights following the Biscay trip were spent in La Coruna Marina and during
this time, Michael went up the mast to carry out an inspection on the broken VHF
ariel fitting. As you can see from
the picture below the aluminium fitting had just sheared in two and as you can
imagine he was not best pleased that such a ‘robust’ fitting should have broken
off in the first place. Anyway, we
are currently try to source a new VHF ariel and will probably end up getting one
Despite being able to get a Wi-Fi link, we had extreme difficulty in connecting to the internet and we eventually ended up getting a link from the nearby 5* hotel but it did cost us two G&T’s at 18 Euros….ouch, but it was worth it!!
Outside La Coruna Marina
several British boats whilst we were in
Learning to fish in the blustery anchorage in the Ria de Ares
We then sailed all of 5 miles to the Ria de Betanzos and anchored outside Sada marina for 1 night. Quite a busy town with a good selection of shops and supermarkets and it also had 2 large chandlery stores (so you can imagine this was a most delightful sight for Michael).
Now feeling ready to move on and the weather looking settled, we headed 45 miles ‘round the corner’ to Ria de Camarinas, where it took us 3-4 times to anchor in weed!
We noticed another Royal Southern yacht; Polar Bear 3, anchoring at the same time. We made contact the next day with her owners, John and Jacci and we ended up spending several delightful days cruising in their company.
I was a bit disappointed at not being able to find the restaurant recommended by our friends on Zipadedoda and ended up eating on board.
After a couple of nights in the Ria de Camarinas, we moved on towards
BBQ in Finisterre / Sardineiro with Jacci from Polar Bear
Michael and John 'cooling' BBQ coals - Cape Finisterre in background
As we are now in ‘Mosquito’ country, we try to be very careful about being bitten, but I think I was a bit paranoid last night when I woke up hearing a buzzing noise. My immediate reaction was to wake up Michael and on seeing the ‘mossy’ I told him to get up and put his glasses on to kill it. As you can imagine he was rather bewildered by all this activity, but after getting rid of the ‘mossy’ we ended up laughing about how funny the situation must have looked .
following day we moved round to Ria de Muros, one of most scenic and least
spoilt of all the rias and again it took us nearly an hour and 7 attempts to
anchor in very hard mud outside Muros.
However it was worth the effort to get it right as another yacht dragged
and eventually had to move on. We moved across the 10 mile bay to Portosin where
after an initial night at anchor went into the