2021 Highlights, Lowlights and Statistics

….and thoughts for next year… HIGHLIGHTS: Salamanca: we camped our way down England, seeing friends on the way to our ferry but we didn’t expect to get a camping trip in Spain or Portugal because our trip was limited to 90 days post Brexit. So whilst cutting short the sailing period (enforced by our rubbish […]

Year end camping and wine buying trip…..Northern Spain

….and a visitor A few days after we arrived back in Xufre our son Jos joined us for a week.  Our not-fit-for-purpose British press had just one week ago told us that Spain would go onto the Covid travel red list; but then suddenly changed their minds and advised, based on exactly the same statistics, […]

Back to Xufre via Riveira

and a bit of a history lesson…. We have posted about Riveira before – not liking it on our first very brief visit, but earlier this year getting to know and like the place very much. So here is just new stuff, for a longer post with more detail see our post HERE We knew that […]

Limens, Cies and Barra

Recovering from our city break… Our first night was less than peaceful than we had expected after 3 small boats arrived immediately behind us (see top photo) and partied well into the morning.  There was a huge anchorage – but some people only feel safe when they anchor next to someone else! Our first walk […]

Vigo City Break

Fine dining and a medical emergency The problem turned out, as suspected, to be a detached retina and urgent attention was required. John received excellent attention from the medical staff. John wanted to move Shiraz to RCN Vigo to be closer to the city’s facilities and with easier access to the hospital. John really didn’t […]

San Adrian de Cobres and Pontevedra

We headed out of the Moana anchorage on another calm day that saw us motoring past mussell bateas and with a great view of Vigo. The 5 nm trip to the marina at Santradan passed quickly and we were tied up with engine off 1 hour 25 minutes after turning the engine on to retrieve […]

Ensenada de Barra and Moaña

Entering Our Favourite Ria After 5 nights in Aldan we upped anchor and headed South into our favourite ria, Ria de Vigo. There is a great deal of variety here, from beaches to small towns and the city of Vigo. At the entrance is Baiona, with its lovely yacht club and Parador, and at the […]

Anchored in Aldan

The Warmest Water in Galicia Having sorted our rigging issues and enjoyed the bustling resort of Sanxenxo/Portonovo we headed to the South West end of Ria Pontevedra and entered Ria de Aldan, a favourite spot from our time here in 2019. The 2019 report can be found HERE . The 8nm trip took 2 hours, and for […]

Sanxenxo, Agra and Portonovo

Football, Boat Repairs And A Brush With The Law! Portonovo, Sanxenxo and the Praia Agra anchorage sit alongside each other in Ria de Pontevedra. We wanted to visit Sanxenxo to get some rigging work and a full rigging inspection undertaken by a specialist rigger. Sanxenxo houses numerous superyachts and large sailing yachts and we knew […]

How To Retrieve A Reefing Line

A Very Tedious Post Val looks very happy as she shows off the boom above her head containing an errant reefing line that Paul very stupidly pulled into the boom when preparing to bend on the mainsail. This post is, indeed, very tedious. It will not be interesting to most of the sailors among you […]