Friday 05 June,
Exploring Ribadeo - an interesting town and area. The older part of the town has plenty of character but the new parts are pretty soulless. We had a lovely walk in the quiet rural countryside to the north east of Ribadeo in the late afternoon.
The weather pattern had changed with thundery showers from the south west. We had hoped to spend a couple of days in Ribadeo but the forecast for the next week was not good. We decided to get around to Viveiro on Saturday before the worst of the weather arrived on Sunday/Monday.
We left Ribadeo at 10:20hrs, Sat 06 June and beat up the coast to the north west with 1 reef in the main and 4 wraps in the genoa. But at 13:00hrs the wind headed us and turned what had been an enjoyable sail into a slog. After the wind veered, we had to tack upwind. There was a short nasty sea running and after the wind shift; we were either beating straight into the waves on the port tack or at 90deg to the sea on the starboard tack. On either tack, progress was painfully slow. The significant wave height was a good 3 metres.
After a couple of hours, we had had enough of this, so wound in the genoa and motor sailed to the west to get into the Ria de Viveiro. Once inside the Ria, all was OK in our world once again. By 17:30hrs. we were snugly tied up in the very sheltered marina in Viveiro.
That evening, for a starter, John cooked the three plump mackerel we caught during the day.
Over the next 4 days, there were continual strong winds off Cabo Ortegal and Cabo Finisterre. This made for an easy decision to leave Tobin Bronze in Viveiro and not to continue to La Coruna. We had 3 relaxing days in Viveiro, dodging the rain showers which sometimes were pretty heavy. The wind was also very gusty; in excess of 30 knots across the marina at times.
On Wed 10 June 09, we hired a taxi for 130 Euros to take us to La Coruna airport, about 1 hour 15 min away. ClickAir fly from La Coruna to London Heathrow.