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A bit crafty
10/20/2009, Lagos

I have joined the Craft group run by Barbara, Terry's wife. We will be going to her apartment on Friday mornings. As it was our first time we didn't do much but look at what things we might do - card-making, cross stitch, paper curling etc. Barbara talked about where to obtain craft supplies in Lagos and I can see it is going to be difficult compared to where I live in the UK. It's nice to get off the boat for a change!

Caravel trip
09/30/2009, Lagos

Steering the Caravel - a two man job.

Caravel trip
09/30/2009, Lagos

The day for the boat trip was glorious sunshine with a little wind and we were told by Terry, who has been on many such trips, that this was the best yet as we even got to sail for a while along the coast towards Portmao (often there is no wind - what a surprise!).

The boat was a replica of a Caravel, a ship built in the 15th and 16th century with a distinctive shape, a gently sloping bow and single stern castle and it carries a mainmast and a mizzen mast that were generally lateen-rigged. Caravels had already been in use for hundreds of years and developed into fast, easily manoeuvrable ships and were well known through their use during Portuguese and Spanish voyages of discovery. Indeed Columbus's ships Niña and Pinta were supposedly caravels.

Portuguese Boa Esperanca and has been on "tour" all over the world including Brazil. Of course this one had a few mod cons like an engine and pump able loo! A large crew was needed to raise the sails and about half the party did the honours. Folk took turns on the tiller which needed 2 people and as it was situated in an area below the bridge where you are unsighted and you need someone to shout down the course to you. A trip not to be missed.

Sopromar barbacue
09/25/2009, Lagos

The Barbecue

Sopromar Barbecue
09/25/2009, Lagos

The barbecue was very well attended. As it was our first time we went on the tour of the boatyard and were shown round by Pedro, one of the owners I think, all very interesting. I was impressed with the tidiness of the yard compared to many I have seen but unlike many it is all on concrete rather than bare ground, hence all the dust etc.

We enjoyed a good meal and met lots of folk, mainly new like us as many regulars tend to be catching up with each other.

Above is a snap - Steve far right and me drinking wine from a paper cup - horror!

Settling in
09/23/2009, Lagos

Great to be back in the sunshine, still very hot but not unbearably so. Talking to Jenny and Colin I have discovered that a couple we spent some time with in Povoa 2008 are here for their 3rd Winter, what a small world sailing is.

Lagos is a bit different to Ayamonte in that there are some organised events to welcome people to the marina, the Sopromar Boatyard organise a tour of their facilities and a barbecue afterwards and there are two boat trips on the replica Caravel based in Lagos with refreshments provided. I have snapped the Caravel moored in the river - see above.

There is also a website called Lagos run by Terry O'Brien who has been here some years, he still has his boat Celine in the marina but has an apartment in the town as well. Terry broadcasts a weather forecast, what's on and passes on all sorts of information that might be useful at 09.30 Mondays and Fridays during the winter and news can be sent to you via email as well. It's open to folk to ask questions and pass on information themselves. The website has a list of anyone who joins Lagos navigators and also lots more. Over the years some discounts have been arranged with some of the bars and shops in the marina and town. We will definitely join and go to the welcome events as they will give us a chance to meet some people.

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