Azores to Porto and Ria Muros
We Arrived in San Miguel Azores one day before Niamhs Dad, This was both good and dad news, It was great that we had managed to get ourselves back on track with our dates after all the trials of the last 2000 odd miles. But the sad part was that
again we were short of time to spend on the
Anything else. With 30 hrs of chasing around we managed to get most things sorted, Niamh went to meet her dad at the airport then brought him to the marina, This was my first meeting with a Member of Niamh`s family, And I was not sure that I would be
Considered Mr popular having lured their
daughter into extending her 6 month break from
Colins was very polite and friendly and we all enjoyed a good evening with a couple of other Sailors having dinner at a local restaurant. We also delayed our departure until the Friday to give us a chance to do a bit of sightseeing and for Niamh to get a Dive in. So by Friday with everything being made as good as we could achieve, even my computer having spent time with
local techies and made to work almost as good as new, we were ready to depart
Morris had flown in from
was we made excellent time arriving in
This I thought was the reason we had made such good progress and had covered the 830miles in less than 6 days. But no Morris
Had other attractions and within 3 ½ hours of us arriving at the marina he was sat in a previously booked seat and flying back home to Ireland, Muttering something about “some of us have to work, followed by, family commitments pressing at home” Obviously both concepts that Niamh and I where no longer able to grasp. So another victim to the Penguin sailing regime but
He was able to hold his head high as a survivor. We had one further victim or as I am sure they prefer to consider themselves
adventurers coming out to meet up with us in
He would also have to take Morris`s place
as our minder during our tours of the Wine bodegas. I also had the pleasure of
remembering that I was a lad of 19 when I first sailed into
We found ourselves with a strange new set of circumstances. The time set bye to complete the last few legs was beginning to look
Generous we would have time enough to do some of the tourist bit, Do a little wine tasting and perhaps a little train journey up the
generation to the City.
Monday 2nd june as bang on schedule Penguin departs
The last pear to put themselves through the experience of sailing offshore had been made to suffer 8 days of heavy sailing to windward into a rough sea, a far from pleasurable experience. The first 100 miles went smoothly enough even with the wind from
The north the sea had stayed calm and a good trip was had. The Ria Muros was Eddys chance to jump ship and fly the big bird home to UK, but no we had not scared him off he was their to see it through.
We spent Wednesday visiting the cathedral
pilgrimage city of
Thursday after one last lovely hot shower it
was time to depart for
Picture taken from the Train, Splendour from the recent past.
So That’s as much as I can cope with for now, We are parked in Crosshaven at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Jacky , Jo and Nick Fly in to Cork tomorrow lunchtime Jane and Peter arrive in the Evening, We are all gathering to celebrate Niamh`s birthday on Friday. Niamh`s Mum could not hold back her enthusiasm and has been down already, I think she has almost forgiven me. What a lucky man I am. The date is the 17 of June 11more days living the Dream!!!!