Goodbye Spain – Hello Portugal

Image:Sunset on Spain…. for a little while.

It’s fair to say that we have loved our time in Galacia this summer but it’s time to move on. Our broad plan is to tackle the Atlantic Portuguese coast in 2-3 longer hops. Step 1 – Baiona to Porto. (Well, Leixoes actually which is some 40 mins west of Porto by metro.) 

We sailed overnight despite all the fishing pot warnings. We headed we’ll offshore to minimise the risk. The first half of the passage was pretty lumpy and it took us a good few hours to adjust to the ocean swell after the relative sheltered waters of the Rias. Ted managed his standard monumental up chuck followed directly by a massive supper of pasta and yogurt which stayed put thankfully. An hour later he was dancing round the cockpit having found his sea legs again. Following the gybe back towards Porto the rest of the passage was much more comfortable.

Obligatory cheesy tourist photo

Having started school just the day before we felt a huge obligation to make some semblance of effort to keep it going – however, off the back of an overnight passage this was pretty tough. Tom was sent to bed and Stan, love him, told me that he and Ted would just read until I’d drunk a BIG coffee! By Wednesday (day 3 of school) we thought it was high time for our first field trip!

We definitely felt like we’d ‘done’ Porto by the end of a really long but super fun day exploring this stunning city. There was nata sampling, bridge gazing, port wine tasting, cable car riding, Segway testing (Ted still a little on the short side for this activity) and lots and lots of walking.

Stan and Ted got in plenty of body boarding at the very windy beach next to the port. Stan is loving hus new board that we picked up back in Brest.

Thankfully we managed to fix the radar scanner which refused to work in the fog on the way to Baiona a week ago.

A word on the kindness of the wonderfully humble human beings we find ourselves surrounded by during our travels. We continue to be ever grateful for our cruising community – from Eli & Hans on Anna who express delivered Ted’s new spare glasses from Baiona to Porto, Daniel, Sophie and baby Vito on Vela who’s top tips for visiting Porto saved us hours of faff, to Swedish Sara who quite literally paid for a week’s worth of groceries at the supermarket for us when my card wouldn’t work. Thank you x

The view at anchor the night before we left Porto/Leixoes

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