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Date: 19 Jun 2009 21:01:33
Title: Bayona




42:07.24N 8:50.58W

15.00 19th June

Arrived in Bayona after a long day of motorsailing against the persistent
northerly nasal wind. Not as bad as previous days but a grind all the same.

Rounding the headland into Vigo bay - guess what! Wind in the right
direction for the first time since Cascais, so quick as a flash genoa full
out in all her finery (with new needlework), and the main out full as well.
There was an eyrie silence - it took a while to work out what it was - no
engine running!. Well it did not last long - ten minutes at best as the wind
died as we approached the marina.Just as we were planning to anchor off, the
skipper indicated potential engine/prop problems which seemed to correct
themselves, but to be on the safe side, we went in to a spacious marina.

The plan then became to overcome the faulty bilge pump, potential
prop/engine issues and the leaking prop seal. A jury rig solution to the
leaky prop seal was effected using an item of ladies clothing, a plastic bag
and some gaffer tape.

The chef has had two nights off in a row - a recommended restaurant in
Nazare, and the Sporting Restaurant in Figueria. The latter was a birthday
treat where all you could eat could be had for 7.50 euro - with jugs of
wine,
sweet and a coffee it came to 20 euros for us both - a bargain and good
entertainment as well.

Last night in Bayona marina we mainly had sausage ragout. Today has been
spent in planning the menu for the next 5 days anticipating starting the
crossing the Biscay Bay on Sunday.

Bayona is a delightful old town with a fortress looking out to sea - not
much
time for sightseeing only locating minimarkets etc. Off across the bay now
to anchor up in the lee of one of the islands, then off to Muros tomorrow
morning.










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