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Cabo Finisterre

 

 

 

 

 

11 knots of speed, in Finisterre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portosin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bayona

 

 

North West Spain

After a good day sail rounding Cabo Ferrol ,we entered Ria de Corme in the afternoon. It looked like a protected bay from the prevailing Northerly winds. Again anchoring was problems , but this time it did not want to bite. The sea bed was covered with a thick layer of seaweed and the anchor just didn't bite, even after five attempts. Graham from the helm shouted "This is the last try ,we are moving otherwise". That warning seemed to have worked and finally we were anchored. Unfortunately we were very near rocks and if the anchor dragged then we would be in trouble. We decided stay onboard even though we were running short of water and food. That evening a big forest fire started and not long Nomad Life was covered in black dust and the whole bay in fog.  The following morning another yacht came into the bay and encountered the same problem to anchor. So we offered them the only little patch of sand around, our anchoring spot.  It was Kyrie, they had just crossed Biscay and were exhausted.  Then we headed off to another long sailing day and rounding the Finisterre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finisterre

Nomad Life was surfing through the waves passing Finisterre. With water tanks empty and not much food on board Nomad Life was sometimes reaching 11 knots. Kay was superb in the helm taking full control on the boat against the waves, and it was not easy as we were running with the wind.   

 Whilst entering Ria de Muros the wind was hauling through the mountains and the engine failed again. Luckily with the wind we could sail, so the mainsail was hoisted and we proceeded to enter the bay. Meanwhile Graham changed two fuel filters and bled the fuel system making a 15 minutes record.  The ria was narrow so before tacking we had to give enough warning to Graham while he was dealing with a hot engine and fuel. We were relived to make the Marina in Portosin just before sunset and by then needing a drink to relax. It was the end of Kai's journey with us after 20 days, Nomad Life will be quiet for a while.

 

 

 

  Ribeira

 Ria Arousa is the largest of the Galician Rias. The coast is heavily indented making it an interesting pilotage. We anchored in front of a windsurf school at Ribeira, a popular typical Spanish resort.  Being the only boat anchored, windsurfers and kayakers came to say Hola and to have a look at  the British boat . At night time the windsurf school  turned into a bar with live music and even a beach party. Ribeira is fishing port claiming to be the centre of the sardine trade. And  the sardines were barbecued by the tons in the harbour, all for free! You wouldn't get that in England!

Bayona

Our last stop in Galicia was Bayona, a charming town. It was very different from Ribeira as it was more upmarket. The old town is away from the water front and has medieval walls, full of nice little restaurants. This was Columbus's first stop after coming back from the "New World", with a replica of his boat on the harbour.

We anchored just behind Kyrie, and this time we went over to say hello.  Noel and Natalie have given us good tips of life on a boat. They have been living aboard Kyrie for 10 years and now they were heading home, to New Zealand and completing the circumnavigation.