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Sailing against the trade winds…. not fun.

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Pasito Blanco
August 202018

Secure and sheltered anchorage just outside the marina. Family-boats about! Lots of swimming.

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Morro Jable
August 122018

Secure anchorage sheltered from the North and North-East (in lightish conditions). Tourist-spot with a long beautiful beach.

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Be aware of the wind speeds in this area (ignore the forecasts, listen to locals) – fun sailing in flat conditions with light-ish background winds.

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Gran Tarajal
August 92018

Wonderful anchorage, beach and town. Lots and lots of swimming for us.

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Puerto Rosario
July 222018

Sheltered anchorage convenient for supplies, but not one of our favorite stops.

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Relaxed sailing – learning to make the best of a broad reach.

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Isla de Lobos
July 162018

Busy tourist-boat spot, and a slightly rolly anchorage, but we had a good few days exploring the beach and surrounds.

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Lovely sail – settling into having two crew & three kids.

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Arrecife
July 112018

Quiet anchorage a very short dinghy ride away from the center of Arrecife.

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Playa Papayago
July 52018

Beautiful beaches, filled with relaxing tourists in the daytime but the anchorage empties out at night. Lovely spot.

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Playa Quemada
July 12018

Very quiet village both on-shore and in the anchorage. Lovely pebble and sand beach. Only for settled North/North-Westerly conditions.

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Puerto Calero
June 292018

Had a baby, did some other things, complained about being in a marina for so long. Lots, and lots of photos.

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A beautiful anchorage, peaceful for 20 hours a day. We relaxed, climbed most of a mountain, and had a “crashy wave” incident in the dinghy.

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We had planned this passage to test our sea legs on a longer stretch than we have encountered previously, as you do when one of the two-person ‘crew’ is eight months pregnant…

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Salé
April 152018

A wonderful month spent in the most welcoming place we have visited. Kids learnt to cycle. Check the swell before you sail, but the marina is excellent value.

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Rota
March 132018

We didn’t intend to stop here, but enjoyed our time. Pleasant historical town, good marina.

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Our worst passage to date, by a distance.

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Isla Culatra
March 82018

Beautiful island. Peaceful, lots to explore, good shelter for riding out some bad weather.

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Isla Almora
March 72018

Perhaps our favourite of the islands in this estuary – unfortunately our visits were curtailed by the weather.

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Olhão
March 72018

Lovely town we visited on three occasions – excellent market, lots of back-streets to explore, easy to get to from the nearby anchorages by ferry/dinghy or sailboat!

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Faro
February 192018

Anchored just outside a mooring field, had a visitor (Nana G) staying with us, good few days close to the city and exploring the saltmarsh.

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Alvor
February 142018

Once we were settled Arthur’s first words were something along the lines of “its good to be at anchor. It is beautiful here.” He was right on both counts.

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On passage from Lisbon to Alvor we had a combination of lovely sailing conditions (first half) and wind-lacking conditions. Charlotte poorly again!

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Lisbon
February 92018

A month or so in a marina over Christmas and New Year.

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A stormy night in a sheltered anchorage. Dreaming about anchor alarms.

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Cascais
December 92017

Sheltered anchorage just outside the moored fishing boats. Winter wonderland, beach visit, will return to the town but had to move on because of the weather forecast!

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Peniche
December 82017

Tangled prop on arrival, thankfully easily resolved. Seaside town.

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São Martinho do Porto
December 52017

A beautiful near-circular bay, stunning beach, more life than we expected. Frost on the windows, playing in the sea.

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More dolphins!
December 42017

On the way from São Martinho do Porto to Peniche Arthur and Dave enjoyed “following a pod of dophins” (as Arthur shouted in the most joy-filled voice we’ve ever heard).

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Figueira da Foz
December 42017

We didn’t intend to stop here, but it was beautiful. Marina in a good location, lovely feel to the place, great Christmas fair.

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The autopilot heading-input broke in the middle of the night. I decided to head to a marina rather than hand steer.

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São Jacinto
December 22017

A small sheltered anchorage next to a lovely quiet village. Some fun on a sandbar.

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While on passage from Porto to São Jacinto, we enjoyed the winter sunshine and some dolphins followed us for a while.

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Duoro (Porto)
November 262017

We spent a month in Duoro marina, just outside of Porto. Lots of photos, very little text.

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Baiona
October 222017

8 days in the centre of a beautiful city. Spectacular castle and starting the many jobs which need doing on the boat.

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Isla Cíes
October 142017

Beautiful island with an astounding lagoon (natural aquarium), great beaches and wonderful rock-pools. The busiest of the three Islands we visited in the national park, though, by a long way.

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Isla Ons
October 122017

Mooring field with not a lot of space when the winds change. Peaceful, well-travelled paths through the island.

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Isla Sálvora
October 112017

One night at a beautiful island. Traditional fishing methods, a museum of life on the island, a wonderful walk, and barely any other people. Bliss.

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Hyper Gadis was a great place to fill our cupboards. The town and beach both seemed nice enough too; but we largely used the anchorage off Ribeira as a stopping-off place, so not much else to say!

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Boiro, Ria de Arousa
October 92017

Three days spent largely on a large unspoilt beach. Refilling our water tanks by jerry can.

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Muros
October 42017

Hot weather, comfortable anchorage. New normal.

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Camarinas
October 22017

Wonderful anchorage. Spent an afternoon with a couple of fellow cruising families.

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Overnight anchorage, didn’t go ashore.

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La Coruña
September 282017

Beautiful and varied city. Oddly swell-y but centrally located marina. Awesome ice cream.

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Cederia
September 212017

Lovely anchorage with plenty of space and a convenient slipway. Great beaches, especially on the far side of the Ria.

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A 45 hour crossing with no major scares. Sea-sickness.

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Roscanvel
September 152017

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Brest
September 142017

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Landévennec
September 102017

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Lanvéoc
September 72017

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Isle d’Ouessant
September 32017

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Mylor Yacht Harbour
September 12017

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Charlestown
August 122017

Beautiful and peaceful anchorage close to a surprisingly busy village.

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Dartmouth
August 102017

Beautiful location and easy access to the town- we wish we could have stayed for longer!

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Studland Bay
August 82017

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Priory Bay
August 72017

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Brighton
August 72017

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Ramsgate
August 42017

Ramsgate marina was really friendly, and the town had a good feel about it.

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Tollesbury
August 12017

Stunning location, great facilities for families and picturesque village- and a pool!

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Lowestoft
July 282017

A temporary stop off on the way to Tollesbury.

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Wells-next-the-Sea
July 262017

A wonderful area for our first visit as sailors.

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