Portugal

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.

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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Biscay Route

by Adrian 19th Sep 2010 - atlantic europe

We reached Bayona today after a rather unpleasant 120 miles and 20 hours bashing into a Northerly wind and swell. I suppose we’ve been lucky in that the whole of the Portuguese coast wasn’t like this. These conditions are pretty tiring and stressful on both us and the boat, with continual bouncing off the top of waves and bashing into the next one with huge thumps.

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Last hop up the coast

by Adrian 18th Sep 2010 - atlantic europe

Relaxing morning today, did some jobs, changed oil and filters, pre-prepared nice meal for tonight.

Just about to set out on a night passage 130 miles up the coast to Bayona. Weather around Finisterre still looks a bit rough, but from Monday Biscay is looking quite possible, with calmish winds from the south west.

Hurrican Igor is in the Atlantic heading across, so we need to be across and safe before that arrives.

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Figueira De Foz

by Adrian 17th Sep 2010 - atlantic europe

After an evening off yesterday in Nazaré we set off early this morning on a short hop up the coast to Figuera De Foz.

We’re looking very closely at the weather now looking at the best time to start the Biscay crossing. The first obstacle is Cape Finisterre, which blows predominantly north east as any wind is funnelled around the cape.

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Why we aren’t missing the UK

by Adrian 17th Sep 2010 - atlantic europe

One very good reason not to be in the UK at the moment… At least we don’t have to put up with the rubbish about the Pope’s visit.

From today’s Times…

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Turning the corner

by Adrian 16th Sep 2010 - atlantic europe

After 24 hours in port we were getting ready to head off again. The weather forecast was for light northerly winds – probably the best we could hope for at the moment.

We departed at first light, motored down the long entrance canal and the turned west to the Cape Sao Vicente, the south western most point of Portugal.

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Rude awakening

by Adrian 15th Sep 2010 - atlantic europe

Last night a 12v boat battery nearly killed us in the middle of the night…

We were woken up by the carbon monoxide alarm going off in the early hours.

The saloon was full of fumes and although no fire could be found (thankfully) the area in the aft port cabin that houses the 12v batteries was very warm.

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