Ria de Muros to Ria de Arousa (Isla de Arousa)
18 June 2014
Stu & Shar
Although the Ria de Muros is considered the prettiest Ria, we pulled up the anchor and set off for the 'Ria de Arousa' as we thought it had more places of interest....we towed the dinghy, tacking southward in light winds going nowhere, so not being a puritan we dropped main, rolled up heady and back onto the engine as did the other four yachts trying to sail along with us......I checked the chart and opted to take the short cut through the "Passage de Sangres" or "Passage of Blood" as it saved around 7nm.....okay maybe a bit of care needed here....but to be honest most of the bays in Rottnest are harder to get into....no problem but don't be complacent you could come unstuck with the bit of current running through.....as the afternoon sea breeze filled in we reset sail and had a champagne sail up the Ria into a small bay on "Ilsa de Arousa", anchoring off the Punta de Barbafeita with two other yachts late in the afternoon.....it was a hazy, warm and humid day so Jack and I had a swim...Shar declined....it has to be real hot before she'll take a dip....the water was cold but not cold enough to walk on......we had dinner then dinghied ashore for some tapas and a beer.....we worked early on it was easier to eat something aboard and then go out for 'appetisers' than to do the Spanish thing of eating around 10 o'clock t night......doesn't work for us. ...We were sitting having a nice beer, wine and some tapas and I casually said to Jack is that our dinghy floating away on the breeze.....shit....first thoughts were who's going for a swim.....after a bit of argy bargy between Jack and I about who's going to recover it, the local bar owner came to the rescue and lent us a canoe from his rent a boats he had tied up on the beach..... It was quickly recovered before it had floated beyond where Songbird was anchored and back to the bar for a final beer before calling it a night.....