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06/17/2010, Olhao/Faro

We left Lagos and set off eastwards, anchoring in Culatra. We tried out the new Rocna anchor which worked like a dream, setting first time. Culatra is an island opposite the salt marshes inside the inlet to Faro and Olhao. As it was mid June the anchorage was not too busy. As we sat in the cockpit admiring the sunset we realised that we were about 50 metres behind Bev and Alan from Lagos so I texted them to say we were there and the following morning after we had swung round on the anchor she replied "No we're behind you!"

The weather was hot and a lot of other sailors were going for a dip over the side to cool down but we noticed that around the same time each night in the dusk a slick of rather unhealthy-looking froth flowed past the boat - from a sewage outlet I suspect so we decided to stay on board!

While we were anchored we set about some re-painting. Steve had bought what he thought was a lemon coloured paint to match a strip near the waterline but it turned out a vivid, dazzling yellow. Alan asked if we had a dimmer switch fitted and Steve considered renaming the boat "Electric Banana". It will have to go.

Carlos and Steve
06/12/2010, Lagos

This is Steve with Carlos, our friendly waiter from the Amuras who also sings a couple of songs with some of the bands. I asked Steve to smile for a change and got this ..............!

Goodbye Lagos

We are leaving Lagos next week before the Summer prices kick in on the 15th. The locals say it has been the wettest and coldest winter for ages and it slowed down our maintenance schedule a lot. We have had a great time and good company here and are sorry to leave but then most of our friends are also moving on as well. On our last Saturday we went to see the band and say goodbye to the friendly local staff in the Amuras bar. Carlos, our favourite waiter took a photo of us but Steve is hates being photographed so he wouldn't smile.

Helping a friend
06/01/2010, Lagos

Sailing is such a small world, we bumped into David from Tessa Bear who we met when we were berthed next to him in Cascais for a week in 2008. Steve helped him sail the boat back to the marina as his wife is not over keen on sailing and says she only likes the "apr├Ęs-sail". Luckily it was a calm day so Steve was not really needed but you never know what the weather or your boat will do when it is required to go into a travel hoist.

Kaivalya sometimes kicks to port when reversing but just to keep you on your toes not every time. The day we were lifted we arrived at the entrance to the harbour on time and the hoist was in position so we thought they were ready for us. Steve prefers to go in stern first so he lined her up and did a perfect reverse manoeuvre right across the harbour to the lift. Kaivalya behaved impeccably but as we drew nearer I pointed out that the driver was not in the lift at all so we had to abort and try again when he had climbed up into the cab. After that Kaivalya would not cooperate and after another few attempts we ended up with a guy in an inflatable bumping against her to get her in.

The Fish Dock

We are close to the Fish Dock and here is a picture of the fish being auctioned off. Whenever a boat comes in to sell the catch a hooter goes off to tell people and when it is early in the morning it also acts as an annoying alarm clock!

The boatyard pets

These ducks are fed and housed by the men working in the boatyard and live on the slipway.

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