Day 5: Hola! Arrival in Spain
Skipper: Kate Cope
Tue 20 Sep 2022 10:07
Hola …we have arrived in Spain. After the wind looked a bit feisty of Finnisterre we decide to head for backup #1 Ria Viveiro. The Biscay crossing was super fast , 20+ kts of wind at 120-140’ and we were flying along, surfing the waves. We arrived off the Ria about 5am in the dark, even having taking down the jib and reefed the main there was no slowing the boat down. We hung about outside to enter the harbour in daylight.
I realised at 3am this morning as I zoomed in on Spain that I don’t have the charts in the plotter for this area, but my back up of iSailor on the iPad worked perfectly. Will try and get the right charts for the next part as we need to stay close in to land to avoid the Orcas.
Boat is in good shape the second hand, home made, delivery main is starting to delaminate but I’ve plenty of repair stuff. The Battery monitor is still saying the wrong %charged but I have the onboard electrical engineer Rob Nelson looking at it.
The crossing was a good way to test out some Atlantic ideas. Managed to wash my long hair with only the 750ml of warm water that the fuel cell ejects. Baggus Beanus (the new bean bag) was super comfy for relaxing . My very simple B&G Triton 2 autopilot managed perfectly with the big waves and 24kts of wind (sorry all you H5000 users having problems. Certus Sat system working perfectly and handheld is receiving texts (thanks Deb Fish for the Biscay weather updates )
Orca situation is not good 4 boats chewed near A Coruna yesterday , our next stop.