07/10/2009, Ensenada Del Sardineiro
Sailed around 30 miles today didn't turn on the engine today (actually thats a lie) we turned it on 10 mins before arriving in port so we could have a hot shower.. Sardineiro is a small unspoilt anchorage with white sandy beaches, staying on anchor again tonight to save some money and watching a movie with the sun shining in the cockpit, staying put for a few days as James is getting withdrawals from his windsurfer !
07/09/2009, Ria De Camarines
Got up around 10 this morning heading for Ria de Camarines its written in the Almanac to be on of Gallacias loveliest places, Its protected from all wind directions with nice sandy beaches. Again i am going to bore people wind was great Force 5 - 7 downwind, We are getting use to being in stronger winds as you dont feel it as much when it is up the chuff (as James would say) We ended up staying in the marina because we were having problems with our anchor holding.. At least i could catch up with the washing.. We went for a walk around town it was a bit on the nose (smelt like sewer) but apart from that was nice.. We ended up drinking in the yacht bar talking to all the yachties and drinking cheap spanish beer 2euro60 for two bottles .. What a dramatic difference from France @ 4euro 60 for one beer.. We ended up eating our dinner at midnight scrambled eggs and bacon on toast because we couldn't drag ourselves out of the bar..
Bye Bye La Coruna !!
Corme is 35 miles from Coruna, Had yet again a perfect sailing day downwind 25 knots (of wind that is not our speed) spending a week or so in the Spanich Riaz there are too many to choose from .. Not much else to report on .. Buenos Dias for today updating again soon Les & J
07/07/2009, La Coruna
The Laker story continues, we arrived back in Coruna at 10 last night as our flight was delayed by two hours !! We would like to say a big thanks to Dan the Dutchman (SIR Yes Sir) for the great company and a great crossing - thanks for your genorosity, giving us the med charts, We appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again soon...
Our trip in england on the Catalac was the opposite of what we did at the start, how strange to be back in the uk again sailing on James grandads old boat ?
We met up with D-ron in Weymouth for a night also met James Uncle Adrian and Aunty Jeanette , Cousin Aaron, Chris and MO it was really nice to catch up with everyone as we didnt think we be seeing anyone until November..
On our last day of sailing we had to leave Weymouth in a F8 hoping to make it to Southampton, which it didnt happen as it was Gusting Force 9 winds and MASSIVE waves the biggest weve ever seen anyway.. The radio started going mad with PAN PAN's Mayday's it was quite scary - boats sinking, a diver went missing (lucky enough he was found about two to three hours later ), We sat there hours listening to constant radio calls to the coastguards.. They even contacted Lihiniya as we were sat inside the catamaran and a sailing boat passed us and thought there was nobody on board, we radioed them back and told them that we were safe (very professional from the coastguards) After that we decided to change plans and head for Poole as it was the next harbour, it really wasnt nice being out in that but at least we know what it feels like ( I wouldnt recommend it at all !!)
Just another thing i would like to thank Elaine for coming down to see us, taking us to the airport and driving us around the countryside so we could get some more supplies for the boat.. :)
Well you would never guess... The Lakers are back in the UK. From my last entry we met Daniel on Lihiniya (James Grandad's old boat) We got chatting in La Coruna and he was making the crossing back across the Biscay on his own and didnt really want to do it on his own (who would ? ) , So he asked James and I to do the crossing with him.. So we had a little think and thought why not ! We had a few more days in La Coruna had a great 30th bday went out for a traditional Spanish Meal it was lovely.
The crossing went really well it took 4 days to get back to the UK. We saw dolphins again , James and Daniel saw Tuna jumping out of the water and said it was a highlight, even spotted a whale.. This sailing business is a hard life !! not... We are making our way up to Southampton for Tuesday as Daniel is going back home to Holland.
So thats the story so far, You just never know whats around the corner or who you are going to meet !
06/25/2009, La Coruna
We made it to La Coruna it took 60 hours to cross the Bay of Biscay - 36 hours of sailing 24 hours under engine !
We had a fantastic time. We had great help from the crew members thanks guys - Timothy William Domonic Patrick Navin-Jones ( what a mouthful ) and Julian Ingham.
We left the port of St Dennis - Olderon at 5 am in the morning with a force 5 up the chuff with full main and a poled out Genoa. We managed a new top speed for Coba 9 Knots!!!!, also managed to get the tow generator working which meant that we were producing more power than we were using.
The wind died down mid afternoon on the 24th which meant the engine had to go on. Shortly after dinner we were treated to an amazing dolphin show they were every where it was like looking at them in a swimming pool as the sea was so flat they stayed with us for over a hour.
We made it into La Coruna at 5pm so we had plenty of time to celebrate even though we were a bit tired ! We went out for Tapas and some Rioja which only cost 8 euros (bargain) We love spain already. James just wants to note that TIM you're a very special person and if anyone wants to see a great knuckle trick to ask him (hahaha) and thanks for all the guitar lessons..
I also forgot to mention that as we were coming into harbour we saw a 12m Catalac and to our amazement it was a special boat called Lihiniya (James Grandfather yacht that he use to sail on when he was a child !) We knocked on the boat and asked to have a look around and met a lovely chap called Daniel from Holland, We had a very drunken evening on board ! (nice work boys polishing off two bottles of rum !..
06/20/2009, La Rochelle
Well we are back in La Rochelle - we love it so much !
We have just finished having a few drinks with Tony & Sarah on there lovely Malo. We met Tony & Sarah in Belle Ile - Thanks for the weather reports and all of your tips !
Our crew arrive tommorow, so its all go !!
We have spent the last few days in Ile De Re, had a fantastic time Ile De Re it is so beautiful, We met a lovely couple and there daughter Tracy, Jeremy and Madison, they invited us out on there Motorboat for the day it was great fun swimming, drinking and eating sea snails and prawns for lunch we were spoilt !, ( James had a little incident falling in the drink trying to get the mooring buoy ! woopsy ) Thanks Guys for taking us out it was Great..
The next time i update the blog i will be 30 & in Spain !! Sangria and Sun here we come......
Ps.. This photo is of Ile De Re
06/16/2009, La Rochelle
Well we have been in La Rochelle since Friday and we are loving it, There are street entertainers and massive markets which i really need to take a photo of just to explain how big ! I bought some oysters at 3.50 euro a kilo which is dirt cheap and they were yummy.. Loads of Fresh Seafood, Veg , Meat and Cheeses.. (My heaven ! Food)
We are staying in the old harbour which got mixed reviews from people we have spoken to , but we have had no problems its right in the middle of the town and is very lively and very picturesque also if you stay three nights you get one of them free.. We have our crew coming on the 21st so we are just getting the boat tidied for then.. We are looking forward to being in spain, but have loved cruising France more beautiful than expected !!
Well i havent updated the blog for a while as weve been stuck in Port Joinville for a week. Its been a bit boring, but we managed to find a website which has tv channels brilliant, my excitment was going to Super U and James excitment was an oil change !!
Its been awful weather, so weve been Hermits for a week. We did have to say goodbye to our newest bestest friend Francis and Keith Goodbye :( Thanks for the Peche and your Company !!
We finally made it out of the Harbour and we are slowly making our way for La Rochelle,were have have two crew members who are helping us cross the Bay of Biscay on the 21st of June. Let's hope that goes well.
We are in a small port called Bourgenay its a small artificial yacht harbour. Up early tommorow as we hope to miss the Harbour Master - then sail to another island called Ile De R'e.
06/05/2009, Ile D'Yeu
All is well made it to Ile D'Yeu from Ile de Noirmoutier,
Ile D'Yeu - Port Joinville is a small tuna port..There is alot of english boats in the harbour and most of them are people we have already met on our travels! That is funny.
We caught a fish today sailing, but it was only a baby Garfish, we really need some fishing tips anyone have any ????
We are out having dinner tonight with some friends that we met in L'Herbaudiere they have invited us to there boat (which is really kind) Keith and Francis ! That will be a change from me cooking !!
Planning on what to for the next few days as the weather is turning and need to get to La Rochelle before the 17th of June !!