Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lagos to Gibraltar. October 2014.


Dear Friends,

The trip from Cascais to Lagos was easy going. A faint breeze and we arrived the next day at the excellent marina in Lagos. The afternoon explored the old city centre and had a great dinner (fish of course) in a restaurant off the tourist track.

The next day went by bus to Portimao, and checked out the beach scene. It was a great day, playing tourist.

Pleasantly surprised by FedEX, delivering the trampoline netting, sent to us by Fountaine Pajot. So we spent basically all day (under a sweltering sun) to get it properly attached.

Prior to heading for Gibraltar, some additional supermarket shopping and of we went.

It was an easy run for the strait of Gibraltar and even had to kind of slowdown in order to arrive in daylight at Gibraltar. The AIS showed a lot of vessel movement going in and out, but we stayed clear of the shipping lane on the Spanish side. The sight of the rock was amazing… Not so amazing was that none of the three available marinas had room for us, so we ended up anchoring out in front of the La Linea Marine (Spanish side). We went to shore and went SIM card hunting as we are constantly in need of internet connections. That, we managed at the Carrefour supermarket. We had dinner on board, and the whole look and feel of this place was not inviting enough to make us stay. The next day, early, starting our quick tour in the Med…



A day at the beach. Portimao                   


Portimao beach                                                                          LOVEly


How to install a trampoline netting on a Cat.. this is how you do it….


Leaving Lagos Marina heading for Gibraltar…


At daybreak approach to the Strait                  Gibraltar, aka the Rock…


Same Rock, different angle                                     on our way to La Linea, anchorage


Leaving for the Med..

Have fun


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cascais – Lagos. Sept 2014.


Dear Friends,

In order to get all things done in one day, it was decided that I would go to Lisbon (to get an additional Comar Systems AIS with wifi at Nautiradar), and to try to get a tax refund on the items we had purchased in Portugal.

This last thing had me on a wild goose chase all over Lisbon, and finaly I was told that no such thing could be done, as we were not leaving by plane and also could not actually show the equipment (as it was already installed on board the SV Lumina).

Anyway, made it back by train to Cascais, where Dora had been able to get here tooth fixed, she had done some additional olive oil purchases and so we made it back to SV Lumina in the evening.

All set to go and  we are on our way to Lagos.  We hope and wait for FedEx to deliver a new trampoline/netting purchased direct at Fountaine Pajot in France.

No doubt, we will explore the centuries old town and soak up some of the Algarve sun. New adventures ahead.


Never get tired of this…                                    Rounding Cabo do Sao Vincente



Cabo Sao Vicente                                                Typical Algarve Coastline


                                            Entrance of the Lagos Marina

All the best


Friday, November 21, 2014

A Coruna to Porto to Cascais. Sept 2014.


Dear Friends,

Sure enough.. favorable winds.. so much so… that it was straight from the stern… Personally one of the most unstable wind directions… And during a maneuver to keep the beam on port and the genoa on starboard, of course an involuntary gibe and the line keeping the beam up, snapped… It took some cursing, and now steering against the wind and waves, took a nice salty shower, but together we managed to untangle the line and I was able to connect the line back to the beam again. Now, mainsail down, just the genoa, and soon order was restored. It was a nice sail all the way down to Porto. We arrived on Thursday back to Douro Marina. We went straight to the Supermarket to restock. The next day I stayed on board to take care of some repairs, and Dora went to get her haircut (finally)… The afternoon went down town to purchase a nice inventory of Port wine, bubbles and Vinho Verde, all that duly delivered to the SV Lumina the next day. I got a new cooking gas bottle (11 kg, from Repsol, Euro 25, these bottles are awesome, as they are made of polyeth and glas fibre..).

In the afternoon we left for Cascais… a nice breeze, just the genoa and no seas…life is good.

A great late lunch and some port wine of course and because of the calm seas we even watched the newest episode of the BlackList.

The winds were weak and so I decided to stop at Peniche (around there is a mine field of fishing pots and lines, just waiting to foul up or props…). A couple of miles before Peniche, weather was building up, all around us thunderstorms and lightning… We barely made it inside the protected harbor, dodging still various fishing pots, but to our luck no severe weather upon us, just some rain. On the way up three months ago we also overnighted in Peniche (also arriving with rain…). Some dinner, hot shower and to sleep.

The next day, bright and sunny, and on our way for the last 40 miles to Cascais. Very light Northern winds, the sea as flat as ever… although dodged several fishing pots , a floating bunch of lines fouled up our port prop… Hmm. Water was cold, but had to free the prop and make sure no lines where still around the prop.. Let us say it was refreshing… In the evening we arrived in Cascais, and anchored out next to the marina.

To stretch our legs, went to shore and tried to locate a dentist, as Dora had lost a filling and needed an emergency treatment.

Had a nice late night dinner in a typical seafood restaurant, all was great, but their seafood pate as a starter created some bowel issues later on….


Nice sunset near Peniche                                   Just waiting to foul up your prop…


Lovely Sunday morning dive…                           and the result….



Anchorage in Cascais                                          ……we love this place..


Be good