Fast progress, Big Jim on the Line, Sunshine, and Friends from Home
Our departure point from Spain was Bayona, here we enjoyed a couple of days, and socialised with some USA friends from yacht Dalliance, the boys played guitar and we discussed how to catch big fish. We met Marco and Holly back in Plymouth when they arrived having crossed the Atlantic from West to East, and then came across them again in North Spain.
Once we waited for another gale to pass through, we set sail South with favourable NW winds, and did we speed along! In a 30 hour run we covered 150 miles, making brisk progress down the Portuguese coast, and with an overnight stop in the rather inhospitable fishing port of Nazarre covered a further 120 miles almost to the SW tip of Portugal, Cabo de Sao Vincente. During this passage George finally had success with his Big Jim lure and pulled aboard a 4Kg Dorado which provided us with a delicious supper.
A couple of short day sails along to Vilamoura on the Algarve where we have enjoyed wonderful warm sunshine and the company of Josh and Beni Evans from Tavistock. The group of lads spent hours in the surf at the beach, we had a terrific sail along the coast including some spinnaker pole dangle surfing.
We plan to sail on to the Canaries, approx 650 miles leaving on or around the 19th October, that will be a 4 or 5 day passage, so a real test for us all.