Snippets from Spain

Gijon

Cudillero

Cudillero
Cudillero
Cudillero
Cudillero
Cudillero
Cudillero
Special device for pouring Cider
Special device for pouring Cider

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Luarca

Puerto de Burela

Viveiro

A pretty town and a morning walk up through the Eucalyptus forests to a viewpoint above the town before departure.

Ortigueira

A journey right up the river to a tiny marina at the end. We were surprised to find that our chart seemed to show the location of the channel better than the buoys that were supposed to be marking it.
We were lent keys by one of the berth holders as the guy running the marina was away on holiday.
When we left we returned the keys to his boat with a bottle of wine. (finally found a great use for the white wine that neither of us drink)

Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira
Puerto de Ortigueira

Cedeira

Coruna

We changed the roller furler that we broke on the Biscay crossing at Marina Seca.
We couldn’t get the spares to replace the broken foil on the old one as it was at least 20 years old.
While we waited for it to arrive we explored the surrounding Rias and got on with some other maintenance tasks like re-stitching the mainsail cover.

 

El Ferrol

What a beautiful anchorage under an old fort, in crystal clear water and dead calm.
A fantastic walk around the headland.
When a big ship comes fast into the Ria and you are cooking without the stove gimballed the resulting 1m wake will spill the curry all over the cooker, the floor and the cook (Dan)

 

Illa de Ons and Ila Cies

A small taste of sailing to beautiful islands. Part of a nature reserve and out of season so almost deserted. They the white sand beaches but we are still looking forward to warmer water as we go further south.

Santiago de Compostela

Well worth the journey inland to visit this historic city.
This brought us to the end of the end of Pilgramage that we completed by sea from Gijon. Even if sailing seemed rather a cheat compared to walking it.

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The Plan

This is the plan at the moment.

It’s nice and vague to give us room to change as we want to. I may look back at this and wonder at the naivety of it or look back at it and all these places, that are now just names, will be filled with great memories.

Start point is Torquay because this is where Cerise is at the moment.

next stop Roscoff/Morlaix on the Britany coast

Heading round the corner to Brest and wait for a weather window.

Across Biscay to the north coast of Spain. This is going to interesting at this time of year. We will need to be patient and wait for a good weather window. To people wandering why we don’t go down through the canals of France we have a keel stepped mast so dropping it would be a pain and at 1.85m our draft is too much.

From Northwest Spain we will round the corner and head down the Portuguese coast. As yet I don’t know if we will do this in short day hops or head further offshore to give ourselves some sea room. I’d like to stop in Peniche for some surf and Lisbon just to see the city.

From Portugal we head down to the coast of Morocco and the Canary Islands.

On down to Cape Verde to explore the islands there then an April crossing to the north coast of Brazil. Enduring the doldrums as we go. We will be to late to make to standard sleigh ride direct to the Caribbean as we would be arriving just before the start  of the cyclone season there. We will be safe further south in Brazil and we get to see Brazil 🙂

Nearly off

We are starting from Torquay on the south coast of England. We are setting of in January. Not quite when we intended to start but the fact that we are setting off about 6 months later than planned isn’t going to stop us now.

First destination is a hop across the Channel to Roscoff. This will be a shakedown of sorts for all the work we’ve been doing on the boat getting her ready to go. We’ve sailed there before in our old boat so there shouldn’t be anything to unexpected and it’s only a short crossing so we can pick a nice weather window.

We had set before Christmas as our deadline and to train down through France for Christmas with Mel’s family but late booking train prices made us give up on that idea and an excuse to delay. Glad we did the week before Christmas which would have been our window to sail had massive waves coming hitting the UK coast as well as a gale and at best a headwind the whole way across.

We now just have a few little bits to do and we should be off. We’ve been telling everyone January, but then we told everyone (including ourselves) October as well.