off from Marina de Lagos and as we headed for the lift bridge, various crews
came on deck to wave us off. We followed ‘Blue Beyond’ down the
river and out into the bay as they were on their way to PortiMao to get craned
out and get their leaking rudder gland fixed (again).
promised strong winds picked up at once and with a single reef in the main sail
and just the hard wind jib set, we were soon flying eastwards at speeds up to 9
knots. Sadly this was to be the highest wind of the day for us and for most of
the 30 mile trip, we pottered along at between 5 to 6 knots.
took this opportunity to test our newly repaired generator (!) and you will all
not perhaps be too surprised to hear that after just 5 minutes it came to a
halt, this time with the error message ‘Failure Oil Pressure’. Cue
long emails to Holland, Sweden et al........
coast along this part of Portugal is very impressive, with many caves (grottos)
and sweeping sandy beaches, broken up by unbelievably ugly modern town and city
developments. Sarah spent a depressing hour or two trying to recognise the
villa and beach where she went to stay just after her A levels (a mere 32 years
ago!). However she cheered up when we spotted firstly, a spectacular flying
fish and then what appeared to be a pod of pilot whales, but when we sailed
over, turned out to be 6 very large dolphins, some of whom turned and swam with
us for a short while.
we arrived at the marina at Vilamoura and motored in through the outer harbour
wall to stop at their very smart reception pontoon. In fact as this was empty,
we took the opportunity to stop on the fuel bay and top up midships fuel tank
which we had last filled at Bayona in Northern Spain.
is one very smart marina and I was a pleased and surprised to see that it had a
5 anchor rating (the best) from the Yacht Harbour Association, which is a UK
organisation of which Viking Afloat was also a member!
were allocated a berth close to a proper super yacht (photo to follow soon on
the website) and then we had a brief walk around the ‘town’.
Clearly this is a little bit of England we know very little about, or actually
need to!! Although this is a huge resort and we found it almost impossible
to find anything written anywhere in Portuguese (or any other language) other
than English. Loads of Irish theme bars (even a replica Irish street scene),
Sky Sports, Full English Breakfasts (Double sausages, double bacon, double
everything!) Pizza Express and thank the Lord...MacDonald’s, of course.
to the boat and were hugely entertained by the efforts of a huge Sunseeker gin
palace trying to moor on a pontoon parallel to us. They took six attempts to
get in and each failure was even more spectacular, with lots of people
shouting, pulling on ropes and a determined effort by the owner/driver to set
off into the evening sun towing most of the marina infrastructure behind him.
Free then arrived and moored up and so we radioed them to invite them over for drinks.
To our surprise Sea Lion replied as they were moored close to Scott Free, so
both crews came over later for a few drinks and nibbles.
night (loud disco bars permitting). We have a 6 am start tomorrow (she is tough
my skipper) as we are heading to Rota (Nr Cadiz, Spain) which is a full 100
miles away. The destination the following day is Barbate where we are meeting
up with my sister Anne, who although she lives in Seville, also has a beach
house just 5 minutes away from Barbate by bus (or so she says).
you to all of you who are sending us emails, it is nice to hear what you are
all doing as well!