Our Travels

2018 highs, lows and statistics..2019 plans

January 1, 2019 2 Comments

Reflecting on what has been our most enjoyable year so far it is very difficult to pick out highlights as there were so many. Lowlights were few and far between. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Biscay crossing – we had almost perfect conditions for our crossing. This was our longest trip to date

Road trip home…..through the vineyards again!

December 1, 2018 1 Comment

Inevitably we departed the boatyard later in the day than we had intended – having tried 3 different methods of securing the new boat cover. Fortunately it was not far to the camp-site at Santiago de Compostela, and we arrived with plenty of daylight left to get the tent pitched.

Winding down to season end……………Vilanova and Xufre

October 30, 2018 No Comments

We were booked to be lifted out of the water for winter at the Xufre boatyard on nearby Illa Arousa on 26 September and left the marina at Caraminal on 19th September. The forecast had changed and so rather than anchor of A Pobra Do Caraminal we headed 2.5 nm up the ria to Escarabote

Vilagarcia, Cabo Cruz and A Pobra do Caraminal

September 19, 2018 2 Comments

The marina at Vilagarcia sits within a self-contained basin of the commercial port, with a narrow entrance channel. We did not notice any excessive swell during the two days we were there. The office and facilities are situated on the ground floor of the building on stilts in the corner of the marina

Portosin, Muros, Caraminal, with visitors

September 15, 2018 2 Comments

We had agreed to meet Mark and Sue in Portosin on Sunday 2nd September, subject to weather conditions allowing us to get there in time. If not, the airport at Santiago de Compostela is equidistant from many of the stops on the way there, and as they were arriving mid-evening on a Sunday, the Cookies had booked an airport transfer taxi.

Rounding the End of the World!

September 4, 2018 No Comments

When we returned to Coruna our friends, (“acquired” last year in France) Ros and Alan, were in the marina on Musetta. We enjoyed a couple of evenings with them before saying “hasta luego” and heading South. We had friends from England due to visit and wanted to meet them in the Rias Baixas, South of the renowned Cabo Finisterra, where apparently the weather is warmer and generally more settled.

A visit home and back across Biscay

August 25, 2018 4 Comments

The photo above is the aftermath of our family & friends party – our way of catching up with everyone during a short visit home – but which is very hard work and we are pleased to be back in Spain for a rest!

However I pen this at midnight, after an early night to bed, listening to fireworks and excited chattering……………….

Mera, Ares and dolphins!!

July 27, 2018 No Comments

We left Coruna and headed out to anchor for a few days whilst the weather was so settled. First stop was Ensenada de Mera, shown above, just 2.5 nm across the bay from Coruna. The main town beach is in the distance, with the smaller and prettier Praia de Espineiro in the foreground left. We were joined by Adam and Lynne, who anchored closer to the main beach than we did – shown in the photograph above.

La Coruna

July 25, 2018 1 Comment

We had a forecast for our 34nm trip that would see us motoring from Cedeira towards Coruna until early/middle afternoon, and so with our propeller issue, and knowing that the forecast doesn’t always behave, we set off fairly early. Actually the forecast was quite accurate. We motored past the minor cape, Cabo Prior in glorious sunshine and a very light North Easterly – directly behind us.

Ria de Cedeira

July 15, 2018 No Comments

The forecast for the 33 nm trip was one of light North East winds increasing as the day went on. And for once the forecast was spot on! After 3 hours of motoring the engine went off and we were goose winging as we passed by the feared Cabo Ortegal. Whilst this is not somewhere to be in the wrong conditions, today (6th July) the Cabo was a Gato (pussycat)!

Visitors in Viveiro

July 4, 2018 2 Comments

So we left Ribadeo with the promise of an East wind, hopefully with some North in it, of a strength that would see us sailing pretty much all the way to Vivero, 33 nm away. All the forecasts agreed. Sadly, all the forecasts were wrong and once again we found ourselves slogging under engine into a Westerly!

Rolling in Ribadeo

July 2, 2018 2 Comments

We were up early for the 43nm trip to Ribadeo, somewhat sleep deprived from our bumpy night in Cudillero! We departed at 07.00 with a little more than half tide again and the exit was straightforward. During a morning of light winds and a fair sea state we took it in turns to get some sleep in the bank. We were in for a long slog – for the first 6 hours averaging under 4 kts with our feeble propeller!