Weather makes us late to Vilamoura

Our recent trip from Vigo to Vilamoura was not quite as expected.  Forecast strong winds and big seas in the Atlantic encouraged us to stay longer in the Spanish Rias and wait for a ‘window’.  How lucky we were to do that – as we recorded more than 50 knots on the wind dial in the shelter of Sanxenxo marina!

By the time the wind had abated it was becoming mathematically impossible to arrive in Vilamoura on time.  Faced with the choice of finishing on time in Lisbon, or being slightly late and making it to Vilamoura the crew opted for the latter – even though that meant a 400 mile non stop passage.  What an adventure, we still had some big waves, but with sun and wind some great sailing too.

Weaving our way through a fleet of about 30 fishing boats was the final challenge whilst also trying to spot the harbour lights against the background glare.  Success, alongside in Vilamoura at sunrise, not quite a day late and in time for our guests to catch their bus to Seville.  It is always disappointing to not quite stick to our schedule so we were pleased to receive the following

Many thanks for managing the challenging weather as best you could and giving us a full-on off shore passage experience. We all appreciate how much we learned from you both.

Ready now for the next passage – Vilamoura to Lanzarote starts tomorrow – looking forward to it, and getting to the sunshine in Lanzarote!

 

Winter Sailing in the sun

Its November already and on this last trip we continued our passage south to the sun whilst exploring the Spanish Rias.  Starting in La Coruna and ending in Vigo we clocked up 240nm along with some memorable experiences.

  • Surfing down waves off Cap Villano
  • Fabulous clouds, sunrises and sunsets
  • Squalls in Ria de Arousa
  • Pilot whales in Ria de Ares
  • Rissos dolphins in Ria de Finisterre
  • The walk along the Camino Finisterre to the lighthouse
  • The family of dolphins who joined us at anchor on our last day after shadowing us for 2 hours!

Great fun was had by all – now we prepare to sail south again from Vigo to Vilamoura.

Our trip south ends in December when we arrive in Lanzarote and we will spend the winter months sailing around this lovely island – no snow in sight! Why not  join us for some winter sun too.