Thank You Portugal
Bayona here we come……..
Since leaving Nazare, we have continued our north ward bound passage. First to Figueira Da Foz. The main attraction there was the open market where there are all manner of fish, meat and fruit and veg’ on sale. Dozens of small counters, and almost 100% women who work there. There is a real buzz about the place. We managed to find virtually everything we needed there, and after a good rest planned to head for Povoa De Varzim. Whilst the marina in F d F is clean, well organised and has a good Bar cum Restaurant, the finger pontoons are very short, making berthing something of a challenge to say the lest. As the attached picture demonstrates.
Yesterday was quite a day. We motored into a short steep to sea with waves in 2.5 to 3 metre range, for most of the 77nm. All 13 hours of it! The foredeck of Zipadedoda resembled a washing machine for most of the day. Most of this in brilliant sunshine. It felt quite strange having to wear foul weather gear with shorts!
Due to the large number of fishing nets and lobster pot buoys, we had to be vidulant all the time, which meant a regular “car wash” experience for both of us.
As we passed the entrance to
On arrival in Povoa de Varzim, we found two eager marina staff waiting to take our lines. The other point of note for those who have previously been to Povoa de Varzim, is that the submerged rock in the middle of the approach to the marina berths is now marked by a westerly cardinal mark.
Checking in was a joy, simple polite and efficient. We were also given a pass for two complementary drinks at the Club Nautico Restaurant. We had originally planed to eat a pre-cooked chicken on the boat, last night. But crew were tired after a long hard day, so we decided to “risk” visiting the scene of the infamous “Pegs Party”, which took place the last time we were here with the Rally Portugal. Just the thought of that night still brings a smile to my face, even whilst writing this missive.
As soon as we entered the bar area, Eduardo, gave us one of those
looks of recognition, “but where have I seen you before looks!” I
smiled at him and invited him to remember!! After a while I said Rally
Crew had set her heart on steak. It was not to be, Eduardo
insisted on showing us some fresh Sea Bass that had just arrived. Court by a
scuba diver with a spear gun. The one he showed us was 5.5 kilos’. The
biggest Sea Bass I have ever seen. I declined that one but we did agree to
share a whole BIG, sea bass, to be washed down by the house recommended dry
white wine. We had a fantastic meal. One of the best Sea Bass meals I have ever
had. This was rounded off by two complementary glasses of Port. For part of the
evening we were looked after by Eduardo’s son. He has recently moved back
Checked out this morning, for the princely fee of Euro 21,
the lowest cost of any marina we have stayed at in