Breakfast in Spain, Lunch in the Oggin, Dinner in Portugal!
21 July 2016 | Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Have boat, will travel....Having returned from the UK on Tuesday, re-stocked Quasar IV with goodies (mainly food, water and fuel), and a final quiet evening out in the beautiful town of Baiona, about 15 miles north of the border with Portugal, it was time to depart Spain to get further south, or better still, to get closer to Corfu. It was great seeing three bottle-nosed dolphins in the marina this morning which looked like they were checking the place out for a future stop over! Alas not I suspect. Baiona disappeared slowly into the low-level mist, so common along this part of the coast. What was strange was seeing wind farms poking out through clouds as we passed along the coast appearing as if they had been installed on clouds with no land visible below. Not much in the way of sea like seen today, except seagulls of course which follow boats like magnets in the off chance of getting a few fish for free I suspect. No such luck from Q4 I'm afraid - any decent fish we catch go straight into the frying pan and get rapidly consumed. That said, we haven't actually caught any fish yet...However, we are fast approaching mackeral country so I suspect it will soon be on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner as I recall it was on our last trip along this coast in 2008! Anyway, here we now are in Viana do Castelo, a very picturesque Portuguese town where we are stopping two nights so that we can enjoy some of the local sights and some great walking. Photos will be a bit scarce over the next week or so as we have no internet connection again, only the radio link from the boat which is super slow but still lets me update our position tracker and the actual blog. We will be whistling down the Portuguese Atlantic coast rather rapidly as we still have over 1,700 Nm to sail before reaching Corfu so time is not in our favour at the moment. A few photos will be added onto the blog as and when time or internet connection allows. In the meantime, we'll enjoy the peace of living in the past without the internet. There again, that means that we may have to listen to Tony playing his guitar....
Update: Quasar IV Map Tracker
17 July 2016
Just to let you all know, the Google Map to the right now only shows our track for this journey to Corfu so is much easier to follow. The Winlink Position Tracker on the Favourites below right still remains the primary position tracker.
Arrived in Baiona, NW Spain
14 July 2016 | Puerto Deportivo Baiona
Baiona is a really great place to stop for a break for a few days. Plenty to do and see, really great Spanish food and hospitality. We had a great sail out from the anchorage this morning with just a little motoring on the final stretch into the Port of Baiona itself where we are now tied up securely on the pontoon until the 21st July. The reason for the long stop here is sadly to allow a short trip back to the UK for my grandad's funeral. Baiona is a very lively place indeed particularly during the late evening hours where the old back streets are packed with locals eating tapas, drinking and listening to live music of all genres, sometimes even in adjacent bars! It's scorching hot here at the moment but from what I gather it's also pretty warm back in the UK so hopefully not too much of a shock to the system when arriving back. Our next port of call will be Viano Do Castello, a stunning town in Portugal which is kept spotlessly clean. This will be the first of our Atlantic Portugal stopping points; the rest of the coast here is somewhat flat so we'll be pressing on fairly rapidly towards Cabo Sao Vicente, the SW tip of Europe, before anchoring our way along the Algarve, a much more scenic area. We'll be setting off again this coming week but will be no longer tied to a schedule which is a great relief as sailing to a schedule can often end in tears with bad sailing decisions being made against the usual better judgement. The rest of the trip from here to Corfu will simply be planned on a day to day basis, the length of stops at each location and the actual chosen locations being what we feel like at the time. As we had hoped to be five weeks earlier in departing the UK, we do not have as much time for the journey as we had hoped so a few stopping points will have to be removed from the wish list but we will still be making the most of those places that we can visit.