Sines to Lagos / Gibralter - 30th August -2nd September

Tue 2 Sep 2008 19:20
An 0630 start from the Sines achorage and within an hour we had rain and it turned rather chilly.  However we rounded Cape St Vincent in glorious sunshine and noticed how the swell virtually diminished once we  had rounded into the Algarve.  It was approximately 30 miles to Lagos from here and once again we found a nice anchorage in the bay just outside the Lagos breakwater and apart from one other yacht we had the place to ourselves.
Michael had always wanted to take me to Lagos, as it was where he had spent a week before delivering a yacht down to the Canaries back in November 2002.   We even managed to sample the delicious roast chicken at the same cafe/restaurant he had frequented on most days, although it wasn't as cheap!!
Sailing towards Cape St Vincent                                                   After having rounded the Cape          
Most of Lagos and it's ancient castle walls were destroyed in an earthquake in 1755, but is now a pretty fishing port and is just a few miles east from Praia de Luz, where Madelline MaCann went missing.  I did see her 'photo' in many of the Portuguese shop windows etc.
After a couple of nights at anchor we ventured into the Marina, primarily to clean the boat and do some laundry.  In fact I got chatting as usual in the laundry and ended up talking to a very nice couple with whom I arranged to meet in the nearby hotel bar later that evening for a drink.  With Nimue all 'ship shape' and a large shop undertaken in Pingo's we went to meet David and Gillian and it turned out that they were the parents of Ian Percy - he won the 2008 Olympic gold medal for sailing and obviously they were very proud parents! We spent an enjoyable evening with them and also the next morning as we took them to 'The Owl Story English' bookshop, where I wanted to pick up a copy of the 2008 Gibralter Straits handbook and David nearly purchased the whole bookshop.
   Approaches to Lagos Marina
The lifting footbridge into the marina - opens on request
We left the marina and spent another night at anchor, as we had heard that we may be moved on if we tried to anchor at Portimao (10 miles east), as it was becoming the turning circle for big cruising ships.