The Spanish Rias

When we last updated the blog we had just arrived in Baiona. Movement across the land border between Spain and Portugal was still restricted so we were a little concerned that this might cause some problems but no questions were asked and we are still waiting for our first visit from Spanish Customs. ( We had three visits when travelling in 2019).  Baiona is an important sailing town with a proud heritage.  It was the town where Columbus set sail for the New World. The walk around the castle and the view are good over the sea.   We had planned to spend more time here but although the sea… Read More

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Leaving Portugal

As the time was approaching for us to leave Cascias we were watching to see when the weather might make it sensible to leave. For most of February and March the winds had been from the North and a number of times ports had been closed for days due to swells. The weather looked as if it would be good to leave on the 8th April.  We left Cascias at first light on Thursday 8th April (Graham’s Birthday). Winds were light and the seas flat we needed the engine on to make progress, having the mainsail added about 0.5 knots to our speed and we made progress at around 6.5… Read More

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Leaving Cascais

We came to Cascais to stay for six months in October 2019, eighteen months later we are preparing to leave. We will be leaving port in the next few days. Covid and other life events meant we did not leave last summer as planned but that has not been a problem. Cascais has been a good place to stay and we have made some good friends whilst we have been here.  We are sure we will be back for visits over the years to come.  We have decided to head back to the UK this summer so will be travelling back through Spain and France before crossing the Channel back… Read More

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