Bob's gap years

Vessel Name: Ben More
15 June 2019
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10 June 2019 | Pavoa
01 June 2019 | Muros
31 May 2019 | Camarinas
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15 June 2019

TARTS

I had two Portuguese tarts this morning. They were lovely!

14 June 2019

SARAH

Looking forward to Russ arriving late tomorrow evening. Will probably stay in Pavoa Sunday then head south again.

12 June 2019

Quicky

Quicky

11 June 2019

AHOY THERE

10 June 2019 | Pavoa

Shorty

OK. Big blog to come soon. J’espaire.To keep interest alive will try to send a photo a day. Today it is my heavily bandaged face done by a very amateur medic in the middle of Biscay.

01 June 2019 | Muros

Muros

Hi. We had a wonderful and relaxing day in Camerinas and enjoyed a lovely seafood meal comprising mainly octopus and muscles. We have been surprised at how low some prices are. For example we had a Baileys And Spanish liqueur plus a coffee for 5 euros and in A Coruna actually went back to a bar thinking [...]

TARTS

15 June 2019
Robert Coates
I had two Portuguese tarts this morning. They were lovely!

They have very delicate crumbly pastry and are filled with a very creamy custard sauce and best enjoyed with cinnamon sprinkled on top. A speciality of the country.

I have posted a picture of one. Trust me to find the edible variety!!

SARAH

14 June 2019
Robert Coates
Looking forward to Russ arriving late tomorrow evening. Will probably stay in Pavoa Sunday then head south again.
Picture today is Sarah doing a super job of steering the boat in difficult seas along the Spanish Biscay coast last week.
A tout a l’heure
Rob

Quicky

12 June 2019
Robert Coates
Quicky
Sunrise photo taken at 0538 25th May about 30 miles south south west of Start Point, with a ship just crossing the sun.
I set night watches from 2100 to 0900 for the three of us doing two rounds of 2 hours on followed by 4 off. Although this means a theoretical 8 hours in a sea berth it always works out less because of changeover time involving update on ship sightings, changes to wind direction/strength etc. Also if someone on watch has a problem I will be called to assist (assuming I’m in my bunk) wake up, life jacket/safety line on up into the cold and wind and then the reverse. (No need to sympathise, it’s part of the fun!)
During the off watch period the other two will change watches in the middle which although done quietly often wakes you up. The atmosphere on the boat during the night is somewhat surreal (I think that’s the right word) with only the red lights on over the chart table creating an atmosphere of a warship in action. It all generally works very smoothly but tiredness is always a factor (you CANNOT afford to fall asleep, especially in the English Channel.
An ‘incident’ blog will follow shortly for events in Pavoa and I hope the occasional ‘life on a yacht at sea’ notes will interest those not so familiar with long distance sailing.
Bye for now
Be good(ish)
Rob

11 June 2019
Robert Coates
AHOY THERE
What a lovely few days. Leaving Muros we had one of those lucky sailing moments. Just at the turn of the Muros into the Ria De Arosa there is a secluded anchorage just off the village of Corrubedo, which is not often tenable due to it’s exposure from the Atlantic winds/waves. Conditions were just right and we anchored in a very gentle swell, ate on board then launched the dinghy, Paddled (the men of course!) a long way to the beach and strolled around the town. Very quiet, immaculately clean and ended up at a bar/restaurant at the head of the small fishing harbour slipway which was very much the centre of local nightlife. Despite having eaten we had the most utterly delicious platter (huge) of calamari. It was exquisite. Yumm.
Monday 3rd June we sailed right up the beautiful Ria De Arosa to Vilagarcia. Lovely sunshine helped us enjoy slowly passing all the golden beaches, mussel farms and beautiful scenery. An evening at a superb Tapas bar (squid, octopus, gambas, calamari and Spanish omelette).
It was a sad farewell to Sarah and Tomasz wed morning who were returning to the UK after a wild night on the town in Dublin and then a slow, peaceful sail for myself and Melanie to San Vicente del Mar at the mouth of the ria where we were the only visiting yacht. A stunning boardwalk around the headland was followed by a short sail to Bayona which gave us a time of gales and rain but also the opportunity to walk round the citadel (very impressive) and up to the Madonna on the cliffs (a pilgrimage stopspot thingy)
From Bayona we had a 45 mile motor sail to Pavoa de Varzim which although at a good speed was very uncomfortable with a choppy sea made much worse due to a big, big Atlantic swell coming in from the West. Very tiring. Fortunately we had two lovely days in Pavoa before Melanie returned to the UK Where her sister from the US was waiting for her arrival.
For the last 3 days several spontaneous, entertaining and surprising things have happened but enough for now.
If successfully posted the picture shows my hard working crew exhausted after their boat chores and finding a place on the deck as far from captain Bligh as they can be!
Love to all. Rob/Bob

Shorty

10 June 2019 | Pavoa
Robert Coates
OK. Big blog to come soon. J’espaire.To keep interest alive will try to send a photo a day. Today it is my heavily bandaged face done by a very amateur medic in the middle of Biscay.
Love to all and thank you for your comments. Let me know if it gets boring so I can add spice!

Muros

01 June 2019 | Muros
Robert Coates | Wow
Hi. We had a wonderful and relaxing day in Camerinas and enjoyed a lovely seafood meal comprising mainly octopus and muscles. We have been surprised at how low some prices are. For example we had a Baileys And Spanish liqueur plus a coffee for 5 euros and in A Coruna actually went back to a bar thinking they had forgotten to charge us for part of the tapas meal! We have all been impressed at how helpful and friendly everyone has been.
After a quiet night in Camerinas we set sail for the Muros ria heading west to the north-west corner of Spain and then turning south and passing the famous landmark of Finisterre which I have passed twice before, once in fog and once at night in a gale. It was good to see it in daylight with good weather for a change. We briefly saw some more dolphin but they showed little interest in us. Arriving in the ria we anchored off a lovely beach and Launched The dinghy and paddleboard which we left on the beach to have a short walk. Getting back to the boat we decided to have a swim. Melanie, the only one showing any sense, stayed on the boat in the sunshine, Sarah Thomasz, and myself had a swim. It was absolutely freezing. To compensate we had a lovely meal on board and a bottle of wine. Today Saturday first of June we motored the short distance to the small town and fishing harbour of Muros and berthed in the marina. We arrived on one of the towns gala days with a cycling event coming through. Tonight we are going to a local bar to watch the Liverpool/Spurs football match.
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