38:40.56N 09:19.07W Oeiras and Sun
Thu 18 Jun 2009 15:59
Finally we have found the sun!! after a dreadful night rafted in Peniche (town is nice!!) suffering from swells, massive wash and unwelcome French pirate 'rafters' with poor fenders and 0400 fishing boats running at max speed out of the harbour!!....we were glad to leave...
Superb sail along the coast having led the fleet out of harbour (no start line, just log timed sailing through harbour P&S breakwater marks. Started with good wind which only dropped for an hour or so, consequently sailed all the way!!.. Coming round the final headland and into the river estuary we recorded 37 knots of wind true!!...with full sail up we carereed directly down wind planing at 9 knots and yours trul'y heart in the mouth after what seemed like 3 'lifetimes' the wind dropped to a sedate 25knots and Bob took over the tactical match with Ben More to the finish line. In spite of the fact Skip managed to see the wrong finish line the day was saved as Ben More tried to take us on the inside and we fought back to cross the line a boat length a head!! Well done to Bob for keeping his nerve as we fought off the challenge.
Attached are a few pic's of recent exploit's as now finally we settle into +30C and sunshine, after major clean up and laundry we are attending prize giving tonight and then tomorrow visit into Lisbon. Readers will be pleased to hear all our better halves have arrived at Lagos and settled into the hotel, they have a few day's to enjoy before the 'desperados' arrive!!