What a difference a day makes!
After three days of head winds and grey cold days, we were
then confronted with no wind at all! Due to low fuel reserves we decided to
As we reached a position some 40 miles north of
The marina here has been improved no end over the last two
years, but the toilets and washing facilities are still well below par and a
half mile walk from this end of the marina! Thank goodness for holding tanks.
The picture shows us moored up. We are the boat on the right!! The one on the
left is 120 feet long, weighs 75 tonnes and has exactly the same sail plan that
we have, including an in boom reefing system. So the skipper of this boat and I
were exchanging experiences on the joys of reefing in boom systems. This boat
is named “Alarife”. It will be leaving here for
After some 12 hours sleep last night, we have had a very productive and satisfying day, just tidying the boat, restowing things and generally getting sorted out. Having eaten out last night on a large Sea Bass, we are dining in tonight on some Devon Filet Steak.
The plan now is to refuel first thing tomorrow (the fuel berth here is a real B*%$£”d to manuvoure into and even more challenging to get out), then head off around Finisterre. Then south. Either to Ria Muros or maybe all the way to Bayona. That said crew may well mutiny if I suggest another night sail just yet, as Bayona is around 120nm from here. WE might even get around to anchoring in the small Ria just south of Finisterre, next to the village of the same name.
On the matter of pet names. We have now christened the Hydrovane “Hydie Vane” and the Autopilot is now answering to “Otto the …….”