Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th October
It has been a frustrating few days with the weather keeping
us in Bayona. Unfortunately it looks like the current situation will
continue for several more days. On Monday, following the storm the
previous day, the weather was sunny and the wind light. However we were
not really ready to go as we needed to get fuel and sort out the boat, which
meant that we didn’t have time to make Povoa De Varzim, the next suitable
stopping point on the Portuguese coast in daylight, so we stayed in
Bayona. We did enjoy (another) lovely walk around the castle.
Today (Tuesday 5 October), the wind was forecast to be southerly
at 20 kts with heavy rain, which would make for a very slow and uncomfortable passage
south, so we, like all other boats in the marina and anchorage stayed put.
Instead of sailing we took the bus to A Guarda and walked around the ancient Celtic
village with the remains of 3,000 year old houses. Between the clouds
there were spectacular views of the Foz do Minho and into Portugal –
where we want to be heading. The bus went along the coast road with good views
to seaward, which confirmed that it was better to be on land looking out, than
at sea looking at the land!
Celtic Huts in A Guarda (following some restoration!)
Looking across the Foz do Minho to Portugal – “so
near, yet so far”!
The weather is now causing a major problem. Tomorrow
there is forecast to be a 24 hour window when the wind will be from the North,
so we can potentially head south to Povoa de Varzim. However the waves
will be very big and there have been several reports from other yachts that
Povoa is turning away yachts as their visitors pontoon is not safe in the
current conditions. The next port, Leixoes, which is 12 miles further
than Povoa, also does not have particularly sheltered visitors berths. The
coast between here and Lisbon is very flat and exposed in these conditions with
very few places to stop.
Our concerns about sheltered moorings are caused by a very
deep and slow moving depression which will pass through on Thursday and Friday,
with winds forecast to be even stronger than the storm on Sunday. L As the marina here in Bayona is
also susceptible to a lot of surge we are considering retreating back to Vigo
and finding a more sheltered marina up the river.
The forecast bad weather for Thursday & Friday unfortunately
means we will not be able to make it to Lisbon for the weekend to meet Mary’s
sister, who is there for a work conference. However we are investigating the
It’s very frustrating to be stuck in the same place
for a week and it will feel even more so if we retreat to Vigo, but you can’t
change or beat the weather. To some extent we have been spoilt over the
last two months as the worst we have suffered was a couple of days in Camaret
and then a lack of wind, which has not delayed progress (merely cost a lot in diesel).
At least we have time in our schedule for the delay and we’re not rushing
to get back to work on Monday. J
As I type, it’s raining continuously and all the boats
in the marina are surging back and forth with the swell. Time to check
the mooring lines haven’t chaffed through before seeing what tomorrow’s
weather window brings.