An expensive stop
25 August 2008 | Vilamoura
We stayed in Lagos for 3 days, Steve had booked some cheap flights home from Almeria in September so we needed to press on to get there in time. The next stop was Vilamoura which turned out to be even more touristy and of course pricey. I was getting quite proficient at berthing now without the help of my son Alex who had been with us when we sailed the boat home from Corfu where we bought her but paled when I saw the pontoon here. As we turned in I took it in - very short and pointed, Steve warned "Watch out - it'll bounce" and it did, several times! I carefully and quickly turned on the narrow point and gave the line a turn round the cleat and then looked for somewhere to put it down as I went forward to the bow to take another line as there was no midships cleat but the pontoon was so narrow there was little space. Of course I need not have worried as Steve had the whole situation under control, as I reached the bow an American guy was rushing up to hold off the bow to stop it hitting the quay but the boat just stopped moving as Steve had judged it brilliantly.
The showers were very plush but hidden under the restaurants in the main street and you had to walk about 100m to get to them through hordes of people back from the beach or off for a night out - weird. You also had to dodge the posse of men handing out flyers for the many, nearby Indian restaurants.