Povoa de Varzim and other ports.

Are we nearly there yet?
Mike & Sarah
Thu 10 Jun 2010 18:26
41:22.30N 8:45.94W
Arrived in Povoa de Varzim around 18.15 UTC on the 8th June. The journey from Bayona started reasonably with a Westerly wind promising a good reach South. It was not to be however. The wind soon backed to the South, leaving us with no choice but to revert to engine power, once again. By the time we had berthed we were enveloped by torrential rain. The prize giving and welcome dinner hosted by the Clube Naval Povoense was attended by some very bedraggled crews.
Wednesday saw a good turnout for a trip to Porto and a tour of Taylor Fladgate's Port Wine Lodge. Turned out to be much more interesting than anticipated as the tour guide was obviously extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic about her subject.
Thursday will be a rest day for us, so that we can catch up with household chores such as washing and maintainance.
Grant, our crew for the Biscay crossing will return to the U.K in the evening. It has been his initiation into the cruising world, but in bringing his particular talents to our journey, he ensured that we would have the optimum team for a Biscay crossing.
Friday 11th June should see us on the next leg, to Figueira da Foz. Start at 06.00hrs UTC. Weather? Forecast to be NW 10-15 knots.