Sailing Offbeat (2016-2018)

Offbeat in ARC+ Cape Verdes 2018. For our current adventures and new boat see

The long and windless road.. Porto to Cascais

26 September 2018
We motored in against a 3 knot ebb tide to Douro Marina. We enjoyed a G&T in the cockpit then took a Uber into Porto. Self-evidently the centre of the Port trade, I didn't realise the extent to which it dominates the City centre with the cellars all along the south Vila Nova de Gaia side of the river... Sandeman, Taylor's, Cockburn, Dow's and others less familiar such as Kopke and Calem. We strolled around the centre, walked over the famous Dom Luis I bridge (built by Gustave Eiffel) then dined at the Sandeman restaurant finishing our meal with a glass of their home brew.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw us take two long passages down to Nazare (97nm) then on to Cascais (67nm). Unfortunately this completely windless and we had to motor which is much slower than sailing.

We arrived at Nazare in the dark just before 2200, having had a glass of Prosecco to celebrate Anne-Laure's birthday with dinner at sunset.

The town is famous for its monster surfing wave right next to the lighthouse (search for Nazare on YouTube!) but it was flat calm when we arrived ( and left). The marina is disintegrating and only a couple of berths usable so we squeezed ourselves onto half a dock at the Club Navale at the north end of the busy fishing port.

We left early in the morning to Cascais, a repeat of the day before, windless and enlivened only by the occasional dolphin visit.

We finally rounded Cabo Raso headland around 1600 and could see a racing fleet ahead of us. As we approached Cascais we realised it was the elite RC44 class who were holding their World Championship. We were surprised to get featured in their race report in Yachts and Yachting that evening....
Vessel Name: Offbeat
Vessel Make/Model: Nautitech Open 46 (2016-2018)
Hailing Port: See for the new boat and our latest adventures.
Crew: David, Anne-Laure, Lucy, Mike and Sarah
About: See for the new boat and our latest adventures.
Extra: Offbeat was a Nautitech Open 46 sailing catamaran which took part in the 2018 ARC+Cape Verde crewed by David, Anne-Laure, Lucy, Mike and Sarah.
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