Our milebuilding trip from La Coruna to Vigo may be along the coast but La Coruna is on the north coast of Spain – and the north coast of Spain is the southern edge of the bay of Biscay. We could expect to get Biscay style weather.
Our first two days were in the flat waters of Ria Ares, Ria Betanzos and Ria Coruna. Light breezes and sunshine gave us perfect introductory weather – with a few comments of when will the wind get stronger. Be careful what you wish for. Although we were not setting off to sail across the bay, we still had to round Finisterre.
No one was disappointed. As we set off north from Coruna for the Spanish Ria of Cedeira we experienced our first Biscay style wind (Force 6) and waves which grew as we became further offshore. From Cedeira the wind continued to rise until we were bowling along downwind in a full on Force 8 gale and building seas – We made it around Cap Villano and into the relatively flat waters of the Ria Camarinas. Here we sheletered for an extra day as the wind continued to build.
It seemed to be a trip of all or nothing. This first gale was followed by a day of flat calm where we motored close to Finisterre for photos and another 60 miles south to the sleepy town of Sanxenxo. After huge G and T’s in the bar of the Real Club Nautico it was time to go further south to Bayona, arriving in port just before the Southerly gales started and kept us there for a further 24 hours. Bayona is a lovely old historic town so there was plenty to keep the crew busy shoreside.
Our last day the wind died again and we had a great day sailing in blue skies and sunshine to guide us up to Vigo.
The blue sky is still with us and hopefully we will keep it for a few days next week before the southerly wind starts again. Where are we headed. South of course so a bit more tacking ahead!
Gracias Lin and Richard for your hospitality and endless good cheer, tea and friendly advice. Long may you continue