We made Cascais yesterday evening having had a great afternoon sail down. The morning was very miserable, dark, overcast and rain with little wind. However, after having passed between mainland Portugal and the Islas Berlengas we headed towards Cape Roca and the skies improved. Cape Roca, I believe, is the most westerly point of "mainland" Europe with a large lighthouse on the headland. For a period we had some dolphins join us which is always welcoming and a great site diving under the bow.
Coming down the coast was a little like sailing through a mine field. The sheer volume of fishing nets and pots was astonishing. Constantly having to lookout and alter course. It's a wonder we didn't get tied up in something. Infact, pots had been laid right up to the entrance of the marina.
We radio'd the marina, they spoke great English and we were escorted into a berth.
Looks like the UK is sat in weather that is much better than we have down here. I've had a number of text messages telling me so!!!! Last night it poured and the winds blew. Looking at the weather this morning there are 2/3 low pressure systems off the Iberian Peninsular. The forecasts for our route looks like rain for most of the journey and winds could be on the nose at Cape Vincente - we are hoping not but my luck has not been great on this trip so far. Even worse the next 4/5 days looks like rain in Gibraltar but at least we have westerlies developing - was this such a good idea coming to the Med?? Hmmmmmmmm
Plan is to slip the lines at midday today, refuel on the way out and head for Cape Vincente. We need to push on as there are no real stops now until we round the bottom corner of Portugal.
Leaving La Coruna looking out across "Hercules" Tower.
Fog watch off Finistere
Alain on watch
At least I got an afternoon's sailing.
No Graham, you should be looking out for fishing nets and pots!!!
Watermark IV rounding the most Westerly point of mainland Europe.
Looking out the back of Watermark IV across into Cascais. Hmmmm, no blue skies here.....