Arrival in Portugal
Started our way down the Portugal coast out of Baiona, we made a big hop of 69 miles luckily all downwind as we had a window in the weather, we tried all the sails out even the Big Blue Cruising Shute for a while until the wind dropped completely for about 2 hours, we lost a winch handle over board when the wind got up in the afternoon, luckily David has some in stock, but we put that item on our shopping list of things to get, we were sailing along going through 10 knots toward Leixoes Porto ( said like Layahoinsh ).
Holding on tight, a bit rough
The harbour is small but ok and when we arrived it was full, so we anchored in 27 knots of wind outside the harbour wall. We had very good holding and had lots of swinging room so we were all happy. The Harbour office just required our passports and a look at our ships papers and took about 5 mins.
We had a windy night at anchor but right on the nose all
night, it didn’t ease off until early morning where we ribbed ashore in
beautiful sunshine and caught the no 507 bus to the centre of
A bit of history - Porto put the ‘Portu’ into Portugal, the name dates back to the Roman times, and is where Port wine comes from.
We sat and had lunch at one of the popular street cafes
along the riverfront with Robin & John from Panthera, people watching and
deciphering the menu, we chose squid and salad, which was excellent washed down
with a bottle of
River front area
We left them all to reunite and David and I caught the metro back and walked through the small Lexioes town and past the beach to the boat. Early night was had as we had another 70 miles to sail down to Figueira da Foz
Suzanne & David xxx