Ria del Arosa
25 July 2013
Our good friends William and Claire Philpot were in Bayona aboard their palatial Moody 40 Melos 11 and were due to make their way back towards home. We agreed to meet at the marina at Pobra do Caraminal in the Ria de Arosa where they would book us a berth. So we left Camarinas at 0700 GMT to do the 50 or so miles to Ria de Arosa. The wind was from exactly where we wanted to go and now being cruisers on a budget we did our best to sail to the destination, two very long tacks later we decided to motor the last 10 miles to the Ria as we were going to take the shortcut between the islands. I had watched the local boats with AIS slip through and put a couple of waypoints to mark their track, however this is not something you want to attempt in low light conditions hence the use of the motor. We threaded our way through the sharp bits hoping that the vessels I had watched go through on the plotter were not surfboards. The depth held and we passed close to a starboard marker and noted that the port hand marker indicated on our brand new up to date paper chart and the plotter chart was missing, this is why we do not like to do these things min the dark!
We arrived at Pobra and parked next to Melos without removing any gelcoat which is always a good start to any meet. Bill and Claire were in fine form and seemed genuinely pleased to see us, we hit the town and sampled the vino and had tapas. The tapas we had was fried squid, octopus and cuttlefish all very nice, through the cuttlefish looked a bit dark and gooey! Plans were hatched to anchor out for the following evening which we did and once we had wrestled the boards in the bottom of the tender and blown it up we were mobile and did a shopping run to the local Gaddis supermarket. The supermarket is so close to the beach that even Karen’s throw would see a stone land on the foreshore, this makes it ideal as you can drag the dingy up the beach do the shopping and then dingy back to the boat without walking miles fully laden, perfect!
The evening went well and we cooked aboard Pampero, tuna cooked three ways as we still have a fridge full. Claire noting that the first lot was underdone the second lot overdone and the third lot done just right. Upon eating the third offering she exclaimed “I knew you would get it right eventually”.
The next day we were to make a move to Escrabote which is only a couple of miles through the Vivaros which are the mussel farming rafts that are frequent in this Ria. The anchorage is great, only three boats in it! A superb meal was served aboard Melos and the evening must have gone well as I could not remember the plan for the following day upon waking the next morning. We explored had coffee and found a Wi Fi signal that worked.
Bill and Claire had enough of us and this was to be our last evening of company, we all went for a swim and then had Chinese style chicken curry which went down well. We waved them off in the morning realising that it would be over a year until we could swap stories face to face.