Oct 20, 2018 - Day 63 - 38º56'N 009º32'W to Lisbon

Oct 20, 2018 - Day 63 - 38º56'N 009º32'W to Lisbon

We continue to move South on a downwind course, round Cabo Raso in the early morning. We are too early to enter Rio Tejo at daylight and with rising tide, so we anchor near Cascais before continuing the approach into Rio Tejo.

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Oct 07-Oct 15, 2018 - Day 50-58 - Vigo

Oct 07-Oct 15, 2018 - Day 50-58 - Vigo

We stayed in Vigo for a little over a week. Marina Davila Sport is a great marina, however it is pretty far from the city center. The weather was good at first, but later Vigo was in the possible path of hurricane Leslie. Luckily for us Leslie’s course shifted to the South and made landfall in the area of Lisbon, Portugal. Leslie was the worst storm to hit the Iberian Peninsula in many years and it brought significant winds and lots of rain to Vigo. After hurricane Leslie moved on to the European mainland and decreased to a ‘normal’ storm we could move on to Porto, Portugal.

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Sep 26, 2018 - Day 39 - 46º08'N 006º43'W to 44º34'N 008º01'W

Sep 26, 2018 - Day 39 - 46º08'N 006º43'W to 44º34'N 008º01'W

The winds have been shifting slightly from NE to ENE still fresh to strong building quite some seas. We are making great time and with a little imagination we can feel that it is getting slightly warmer with every minute in latitude that we sail South. Michelle is feeling miserably, the seas are not dangerously high but high enough to let the boat rock and roll constantly. The dogs are doing great, but they are a little scared trying to stay close to whomever is on free watch.

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Sep 25, 2018 - Day 38 - 47º49'N 005º45'W to 46º08'N 006º43'W

Sep 25, 2018 - Day 38 - 47º49'N 005º45'W to 46º08'N 006º43'W

The wind is still coming from NE to E, not worryingly strong but uncomfortably strong. The seas from a little abaft than abeam is shaking us unpleasantly and are taking their toll. Michelle is permanently seasick, I am not feeling too well, either. The constantly clear skies provide pleasant temperatures during the day, but as soon as the sun is gone it is getting cold.

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Sep 24, 2018 - Day 37 - Camaret-sur-Mer to 47º49'N 005º45'W

Sep 24, 2018 - Day 37 - Camaret-sur-Mer to 47º49'N 005º45'W

Finally we have Easterly winds. All forecast models agree they will last for at least four days, fresh to strong mostly but at least coming from the right directions. After the pilotage and leaving the rocks and sprinkled islands behind us we should be able to set direct course to La Coruna. So we bunker water and start the crossing of the Bay of Biscay.

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Sep 16-23, 2018 - Days 29-36 - Camaret-sur-Mer

Sep 16-23, 2018 - Days 29-36 - Camaret-sur-Mer

I have gone over to pull together the harbor days in only one log entry. Camaret-sur-Mer had been recommended to us not only once so I thought we need to give it a try. For sailors waiting for a good weather window before crossing the Celtic Sea or de Bay of Biscay, this is a great place, provides great shelter, basic amenities and exciting scenery. The marina also provides visitor buoys for half of the mooring fees, which is a great deal. Also sailors save around 2 hrs transit time compared to the marinas in Brest.

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Sep 15, 2018 - Day 28 - 48º18'N 004º38'W to Camaret-sur-Mer

Sea Area
Atlantic, Biscay, Avant-Goulet de Brest

Weather
2/8 at first, then clearing up in early morning for rest of the day. Winds variable 1, later S 2, decreasing 1 in the evening. Seas calm. Pressure 1025-1024 all day. Min. temp.: 12ºC, max. temp.: 23ºC.

Nautical Log
02:00 - drop anchor and secondary anchor (stern) at 48º17.086’N 004º35.670’W, marina looks full, not enough light to safely enter marina
05:00 - checking on anchor: OK
07:00 - checking on anchor: OK
10:00 - checking on anchor: OK
11:00 - hoist anchors, motor on, proceed to marina Vauban in Camaret-sur-Mer
11:35 - arrival at Camaret-sur-Mer, motor off

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 5.8 nm
Total: 1062.8 nm

Sep 14, 2018 - Day 27 - 49º23'N 004º08'W to 48º18'N 004º38'W

Sea Area
English Channel W (Plymouth), Atlantic, Biscay

Weather
4/8 to 8/8 in early morning, clearing to 2/8 in early evening. Wind WNW 3 at first, then decreasing 2 around 06:00, then shifting SW 3-4, increasing 5, decreasing 1 in the evening. Seas 1 m at first, then swell 3 m, wind seas 0.5 m, later only swell. Pressure 1024-1025 all day. Min. temp.: 14ºC, max. temp.: 19ºC.

Nautical Log
Main, genoa, jib 1, mizzen set from previous day.
04:00 - HDG 175/COG 195
06:00 - HDG 165/COG 160
06:15 - motor on
06:35 - HDG 210/COG 195, reef away genoa
07:45 - HDG 270/COG 280
08:00 - HDG 270/COG 285, un-reef genoa
10:00 - HDG 280/COG 300
11:00 - HDG 185/COG 165
11:45 - motor off
12:00 - HDG 172/COG 165
14:00 - HDG 177/COG 191
16:00 - HDG 188/COG 215, reef away genoa, motor on
16:05 - HDG 240/COG 240
18:00 - HDG 220/COG 205
21:00 - entering pilotage into Chenal du Four, take down main and jib 1
23:15 - entering pilotage into Avant-Goulet de Brest, sudden races and confused seas at entry of Avant-Goulet due to tides in opposite directions

Incidents
none

Sightings
15:55 - school of 3-4 dolphins, later identified as Common Dolphins, coming right to the boat
18:30 - school of 8-12 dolphins, later identified as Common Dolphins, coming right to the boat
19:00 - possible sighting of Basking Shark, no photo proof

Maintenance Log
none

Other
16:30 - passing lighthouse Ile de Vierge, leaving the English Channel
23:00 - ‘boiling water’ = confused seas and sudden races despite 0-1 Bft due to tides out of Avant-Goulet de Brest setting W meeting tides in Chenal du Four setting S. Assume possibly dangerous in fresh/strong W winds.

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 91.1 nm
Total: 1057.0 nm

Sep 13, 2018 - Day 26 - 50º12'N 001º50'W to 49º23'N 004º08'W

Sea Area
English Channel W (Portland, Plymouth)

Weather
Clear to 2/8 skies all day. Winds NE 3-4 till noon, then sudden shift to WNW, later to NW. Sea 0.5-1.0 m at first, increasing to 1.5 m in the evening. Pressure 1023-1025 all day. Min. temp.: 15ºC, max. temp.: 21ºC.

Nautical Log
Main, genoa and mizzen set from previous day.
06:00 - HDG 243/240 COG
08:00 - HDG 260/258 COG
08:45 - motor on
10:00 - motor off
12:45 - motor on
13:45 - HDG 230/COG 225
14:00 - motor off
16:00 - HDG 2125/COG 215
19:00 - motor on
20:00 - HDG 250/COG 225
22:00 - HDG 255/COG 240

Incidents
none

Sightings
19:45 - passing M/S Queen Elisabeth

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 107.6 nm
Total: 965.9 nm

Sep 12, 2018 - Day 25 - 50º09'N 000º17'E to 50º12'N 001º50'W

Sea Area
English Channel E (Wight, Portland)

Weather
Overcast in early morning, misty with shower squalls and rain all day, clearing up to 2/8 around midnight. Winds NW 4-5, shifting SW around 06:00, sudden shift to N /NE in late morning, decreasing 3 around midnight. Sea 1-2 m, increasing 2 m, then decreasing 1 m in late evening. Pressure 1019 increasing 1024. Min. temp.: 15ºC, max. temp.: 18ºC.

Nautical Log
With prevailing W wind head N as planned, then waiting for predicted N/NE shift. Cannot go further N due to TSS. Tide makes tacking impossible. Wind shift to N happens around 09:00. Head NW to gain better position for predicted W shift.

02:15 - reef away genoa
02:20 - course 205 mag/190 chart
03:00 - course 195 mag/190 chart
06:30 - course 325 mag/305 chart, motor on
08:00 - course 318 mag/300 chart
08:50 - course 355 mag/352 chart to avoid M/V
09:10 - course 265 mag/255 chart, un-reef genoa
09:30 - motor off
10:45 - course 270 mag/250 COG
11:05 - motor on
12:00 - HDG 285/ COG 280
14:00 - HDG 280/COG 280, motor off
18:00 - HDG 260/COG 262
18:35 - HDG 305/COG 280
20:00 - HDG 310/COG 290
22:00 - HDG 290/COG 295
22:10 - motor on

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
07:55 - Crossed Greenwich meridian W bound

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 111.9 nm
Total: 858.3 nm