SV Songbird

Aveiro to Nazare

27 June 2014
Stu & Shar
Leaving Aveiro we used the strong outgoing current to push the bow off the pontoon and had to motor hard to move out into the canal, we then turned around to run with it, back under the power lines and off we go.....we made good progress through the canals and harbour on the outgoing tide, before turning south to motor down the coast during the morning. The wind picked up in the afternoon and blew at a steady 10-12 knots from the W/SW until late evening. We were going to stay in 'Figueira de Foz' for the night but opted to push on to Nazare as we had covered some good miles in the morning and would get in easily before sunset...some dolphins were fishing close to us scattering schools of baitfish across the surface, this all happened quickly and they soon moved off.......Jack was chasing the elusive wave, Portugal is a hot spot for surfing and Nazare was reported to have the largest surfable wave on the planet, when a crazy bloke rode a 100ft (30m) storm wave here in 2013 (look it up on the net). If you have a look at the seabed in this area it is easy to see why this is possible as there is a canyon off the coast that runs into this area just a couple of miles offshore....but alas, no surfable waves to be found....without going into any detail, Nazare was the worst harbour we have been into so far, so much so I asked for my money back.....ying/yang I suppose......from the best reception at Aveiro to the worst at Nazare...that's cruising.
Vessel Name: Songbird
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 40E
Hailing Port: Fremantle - Australia
Crew: Stuart & Sharanne


Who: Stuart & Sharanne
Port: Fremantle - Australia