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Slightly delayed…

by Adrian 23rd Nov 2014 - atlantic europe

The ARC has been slightly delayed for a day due to bad (30 knot+) winds at the start in Gran Canaria.

These unusually windy conditions over the past few days has had us all on edge and has changed the atmosphere slightly from a tropical sailing adventure to an ocean ordeal with people being worried about seasickness and a rough, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous start to a long ocean journey.

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Lagos to Las Palmas

by Jax 30th Aug 2014 - Portugal
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Not one.

That’s how many other yachts we saw on passage to the Canaries.

We didn’t see much wildlife either, a couple of dolphins on the first afternoon, a few sea birds and a couple of random small squid that we found on deck. We didn’t know how long the squid had been there so we thought it best not to eat them – shame.

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Man Overboard practice with a real man!

by Jax 24th Aug 2014 - Portugal
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Although they have sailed with us from Brighton to Chichester, Lymington and Cherbourg, with our crew still reasonably new to our boat, we thought it would be prudent to spend some time trying out some different sails and familiarising ourselves with certain procedures without having the pressure of having to cover lots of miles in a day.

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Lovely Lagos

by Jax 20th Aug 2014 - liked

It might be the miles of long sandy beach, it might be the weather – beautifully warm, but not stifling, it might be the wealth of cocktails on offer, it might be the delicious fish and seafood, it might just be the friendly, well run marina….whatever the highlight, it’s always enjoyable to visit Lagos.


On our first night in town on this visit we popped out for dinner and a few drinks.

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Autohelms and power decisions …

by Adrian 14th Aug 2014 - equipment

We’re currently at anchor in Sines and nearly around the bottom corner of Portugal.

Sines, Portugal

Next stop tomorrow is Lagos on the Algarve which is where we finish this leg of the journey south and I head back to the UK for a week before it’s back to do the next bit across to the Canaries. That’ll be fun as it’s quite different and very offshore!

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The rain in Spain…

by Adrian 8th Aug 2014 - places

We are sitting in a peaceful anchorage in the Ría de Muros, the northernmost of the Rías Baixas, just a short distance off a beautiful beach in only a few metres of clear water….the only thing wrong with this picture perfect scenario is that the view of the beach is obscured by a heavy curtain of rain and we are confined to below decks listening to the sound of the rain drumming down on the coach roof


The rain in Spain, it would appear, falls mostly on Galicia.

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Hey, Mr Zamburiña man…

by Jax 14th Jul 2014 - atlantic europe

Last time I was in A Coruña (to give it its proper Galician name) I ate something called ‘zamburiñas’ without knowing – apart from them being some sort of seafood thing – what they were…whatever they were I thought they were delicious.
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In other parts of Spain, I have come across them in tins – obviously not the same experience.

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Across Biscay to Spanish shores

by Jax 12th Jul 2014 - liked

As the geek already mentioned the Îles de Glénan was our last stop in Brittany. According to the pilot book they are “as close to the Caribbean as you can get in south Brittany…” I’m not sure how much competition there is for that title, but I’m hoping that the water in the Caribbean will be a little warmer than 20°C…

Glenan Beach

The Îles de Glénan if you don’t know are also home to the renown French sailing school of the same name which: interesting fact no.2 from the pilot book, was founded by two former members of the resistance.

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La Coruña

by Jax 29th Nov 2011 - atlantic europe

San Sebastian, I was expecting to be a fantastic foodie experience, but ending up in La Coruña for a few days turned out to be a very pleasant gastronomic surprise.20111129-221802.jpg

I had found some very good recommendations for what and where to eat in various blogs on San Sebastian (thanks ThePleasureMonger) San Sebastian  but such tips for La Coruña were harder to come across.

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Across Biscay

by Adrian 7th Nov 2011 - Biscay

Well, here we are again, just about to head out into the bay of Biscay in November. Weather window looks fair, nothing too extreme on the way, so should be a 3 day crossing. Hopefully arrive in La Coruna Wednesday midnight.

We left Cherbourg Sunday morning first light after travelling up from Malaga Saturday and had some pretty rough seas as a northeasterly gale subsided, but it’s reasonably calm now.

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