More Spanish Rias: Muxia to Muros
Skipper: Kate Cope
Sat 24 Sep 2022 21:07
Another day and another 40NM chipped off the total. Again we are restricted to day sailing as we need to keep close to the shore and there are too many fishing pots to sail it at night. Today we just had Olliver the Norwegian 50’ Bavaria in our flotilla though we were close to three other boats coming the same direction. Wind has strengthened and was a solid 20kts today though from behind so easy enough . More swell as well which helped the surfing .
The mainsail is holding out and we now have 1 reef in so the bolt ropes doesn’t get jammed . Despite the reef we were pulling away from the Bavaria for a quite a while , then he woke up and overtook us so we had to put up the jib. Even cruising is a competitive sport!!!
We rounded Cap Finisterre, which is actually quite a way South from the “corner” of Spain, and it felt like we had achieved something.
I’m Muros we met up with a solo French Pogo 36 who told me he had been racing me all day ! I wish I had known we could have deployed a spinnaker. Meanwhile the Norwegians invited us aboard for a beer and to check out their luxury cruising environment. I did invite them back to check out our Spartan racing set up but they were less keen.
This evening we were checked out by Spanish Customs who were roaming the pontoons. Luckily we could provide all the info they needed. I was particularly happy our passports passed inspection as we haven’t quite found the time to get them stamped yet. Hey ho …I never voted for Brexit in the first place and I still have a Red EU passport .
We’ve now worked out the steps to get us to Caiscais (Lisbon) and we could be there by Friday night . However if we get bad swell or wind our plans will be scuppered and the crew change to Ian will need to be 1 or 2 stops earlier. The day get bigger to find a suitable port and swell can close them.