South to Lisbon

 

sunset on rias trip

This week everyone on board had boots and sods law of the sea – it didn’t rain all week!  There were however some big waves splashing in the cockpit …

After three days in the sunshine in Galicia – a night in San Simon, a night in Sanxenxo and a night at anchor the weather looked right to head south.  In the past we have struggled against southerly winds, but this year we were in luck with strong – sometimes a bit too strong – northerlies.

The sky was clear, the sun was strong and the sea was flat as we set off past the Islas Cies.  As the sun set, the moon rose and with a sky full of stars it never got dark.  The northerly wind continued to increase bringing with it a chill to the air and some big rollers.  Velvet Lady was in her element surfing down them, sleep, however, was a little difficult.

The wind continued to blow, occasionally reaching gale force as we rounded the headland for Cascais.  There is a little bay just east of the marina and we chose to anchor here in the dark rather than messing about in the marina.  Our fast trip south gave us a bonus day which we decided to use to sail up the Tagus to see Lisbon from the water

monument of discoveries side on

The trip up the Tagus was a first for us, and we meandered all the way up the river, admiring the architecture and scenery until we were way past the cruise ship terminal where it was too shallow to continue.  We took a look at the marinas on offer and confirmed that for the boat Cascais is definitely the best place even if it is 15 miles out to the west.

tower of belem

Now that we are secure in Cascais, we have started on our jobs which always include laundry, cleaning, shopping, admin and internet.  It was most bizarre to discover that to buy 1GB of data to use on the internet (15 euros) was cheaper than a pack of 10 2B pencils (17.50 euros)!

From here it is 600 miles south  to Lanzarote, we should  be there on the 4th December, in time for Christmas and our winter season.  There is now only 1 individual male and 1 individual female space left for the Christmas week – so if you were thinking of coming, book soon!  Spaces are available in February and March see our Schedule