Nov 22, 2013

Cascais - Porto Santo

N 33° 3.721', W 16° 18.942'

When we left Cascais the weather forecast was 20 knots from north. We knew that it's just the average, but we were quite surprised when it was blowing 40 knots or more. We do not have a wind indicator so we can not be exact. But we do know that when we are going full speed with just about 2 square meters of genoa, it's really blowing...

After the first night, it was nice sailing for a couple of days, until the wind died completely. We knew that a low pressure was lurking around the corner, so we motored the last 24 hours before the expected headwind.

Empty, but beautiful beach of Porto Santo.

Marina from the nearest viewpoint. It was a good exercise to walk to the hill after 4 days of sailing. It was an easy walk on a road, not any real hiking.

Tomorrow we plan to sail to Madeira.

Nov 16, 2013

Getting there, but not far away yet

N 38° 41.439', W 9° 25.164'

I don't want to badmouth Galicia, it was great, but... It was raining a lot.

We sailed for 2 days from Bayona to Cascais (right outside of Lisbon). We have now been here for about a week and there hasn't been a drop of rain. Here are also a couple of other boats that have come the same way. We were just wondering with the others the other day how wonderful it is to have a nice blue sky.

The temperature is not very high. The water is about 15°C and that's about the same for night temperature. But during the day, if it's not too windy you can manage in t-shirt. But the most important fact is that there's no rain :)

But anyway, we have not found eternal summer yet, so we have to go on. Our goal is to get to the Canary Island for the winter.

Marina de Cascais.