Wow……. we’re here. We rounded Cape St Vincent on Saturday and after a couple of nights anchored just round the corner in the bay under Sagres Fort we’re now anchored in the tranquil environment of the lagoon close to Alvor village just East of Lagos. No more Atlantic swells, no more fog, no more weather watching.
(Red triangle shows our position just before we turned the corner)
(Photo courtesy of June on ‘Friendship’ as we sailed towards Alvor)
Time seems to have simply flown by and I only just realised that my last post was from San Martinho some 3 weeks ago, sorry about that.
It’s going to take a while for everything to sink in and for my tiny brain to process it all. For the best part of 30 years I’ve dreamt about sailing my own boat here, my first attempt nearly cost me my life but failed to extinguish the flame, a flame that was re-kindled nearly a decade ago when I started building ‘Gleda’, a project that has taken up most of my time and energy ever since, and now that my dream has finally been achieved it feels as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I’ve failed at so many things it seems strange and unreal that I’ve succeeding in something as ambitious as this. Only now are the somewhat alien feelings of satisfaction beginning to appear.
We still have a month and a half of sailing left to do this year though and we’ll be using the time to explore and enjoy this part of Portugal before heading into Lagos Marina for the Winter. There will be plenty of time then for reflection on what we’ve done so far and what comes next for The Gleda Project.
For now though I’m faced with writing about Cascais, Lisbon, Sines, Sagres and our arrival on the Algarve, it’s going to take me a while. We’re planning on staying in Alvor for at least a week, we need to rest and recover from our passage South, it should be easy to do here, I’ll get some new post up as soon as I can.