Guetaria via San Sebastian
31 July 2012 | Guetaria
It is boiling here! So we left Hondarriba with the intention of returning on Thursday when the people are coming to look at the problem with the autopilot - Raymarine Product support who I spoke to were very sympathetic and hopefully they will be able to help. It was another sunny warm day with light winds so short trips are now the plan with no pressure to cover any great distance - we can just bobble along. Which is exactly what we did at about 2.5 to 3 knots (max). Enjoyable with fine weather and calm conditions. We managed to bobble along to San Sebastian and negotiate the entrance to the bay where there are some moorings - left the great big statue of the Virgin Mary on the left and avoid the little island on the right. There's not many moorings and not much room to anchor which was the other option (although the books say to be wary anchoring make sure a trip line is used). 30 euro to stay on a mooring is extremely steep! (more than the marinas) but I guess there is high demand and at least you get the use of a launch to pick you up and take you nashore 24 hours a day free of charge, plus the yacht facilities look pretty amazing.
Next day we caught the launch ashore, paid the yacht club for the use of the mooring, and spent some time wandering around the streets - plus there was music festival on - man they know how to bang a drum here! The streets are cool with plenty to find and they're also cool and largely pedestrians only so v pleasant - definately have to return to explore further! might anchor though to avoif the hefy charge!
We left after lunchtime and sailed out the bay - hugging the coastline to avoid a bank and enjoy the spectacular scenery! The gentle wind gave up and we slowly motored along in no rush finding the entrance to the port of Guetaria easily - by now it was scorching! We went alongside a yacht on the reception pontoon (he was keen for us not to stay there) and I went to the office where we were allocated a berth. Right up close to the wall on a small finger pontoon is B1 but we got in okay - gonna be interesting getting out again though! Met a nice french chap on a small yacht next to us and we're off to find a restaurant!