Vilagarcia, the next Ria
Vilagarcia (Ria Arousa), arrived on Monday, 17th September, 2018
The “local knowledge” beloved of Pilot Guide writers declared that a fog-free morning would stay that way all day. This advice proved as inaccurate as it is annoying ubiquitously to read. The fog came down two miles from the marina and stayed for 30 of the
35 nm as we motored from Baiona to (for us) the penultimate Ria. The sea was flat all day, thankfully with none of the predicted swell. The wind did get up to 12 knts briefly but only on the nose and we hadn’t booked a slot to go to so we wanted to press on.
We’ve now been here a few days and there is commercial life in the harbours, but infrequent and very brief. Most large ships are in and out within two days; mainly containers and aggregate. It really sad to see so many unused cranes, steel tracks (not
railway but for the cranes) well inland and otherwise vast areas of obviously filled-in docks turned into unused park, playgrounds and a massive McDonalds.
No fog on Monday morning and the guy in the marina assured me that means it will be clear all day. Not true! 50m visibility is definitely scary but with radar, AIS and a modern chart plotter which you know is accurate for the area, quite doable. Weird seeing small boats looming up out of the murk but the radar seemed to spot them, sometimes even fishing pot bouys. It was nice being in a town with proper shops for a few days. K has an excellent haircut done by a girl!