Feliz Ano Novo
Happy New Year everyone, eyes down for a brand new year of fun and foolishness.
Gail and I had a quiet celebration of what, for us, has been an incredible 2015. We walked down to the sand dunes down by the beach opposite the town. I don’t do crowds and it was nice to sit comfortably on our blanket looking across the water at all the happy folks packed into the square in front of the music stage. At midnight when the fireworks went off, we had the best seats in the house. We popped the champagne cork and toasted the year just gone and the year to come, it was just right.
Christmas Day was fun too. A long (4 hour) lunch at a local restaurant. The food just kept coming, as did the wine. It was a multi-national meal. Brits, Americans, Belgians, Germans, all sharing good conversation, good food, good wine and a love of the lives they’ve all chosen.
Before we consign 2015 to the memory vault I thought it’d be nice to look back and remember some of the highlights.
Falmouth Marina – Howling wind, ice, rain, condensation. Built ‘Lewis’ the self-steering, Had new pod enclosures and awnings made, Fitted out the pod watch berth.
Messack Creek – Spring arrived, dry and warm, anti-fouled the hulls.
Truro River – Preparing to leave, lousy weather, cold, wet and windy
Passage To Braye Harbour, Alderney
Jake joined the crew. Departed Alderney on the 4th for France – L’Aber Benoit, Sainte Evette
Crossed Biscay to Spain – La Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Laxe, Camarinas
Said goodbye to Jake. Rounded Cape Finisterre to Ria de Muros, Portosin & Combarro
Moved onto Portugal – Povoa De Varzim, Porto, Aveiro, Figuera Da Foz, Nazare.
Chilled in Sao Martinho do Porto then on to Cascais, Lisbon, Sines, Rounded Cabo St Vincente to Sagres and Alvor.
Spent the whole month anchored in Alvor and chilled.
Moved to Lagos Marina, my daughter and her boyfriend visited.
Crazy rain storm, got back to writing my book, decorated our cabin.
Finished and published ‘A Foolish Voyage’. Celebrated a fantastic year.
THE YEARS STATS
- 1327 Nautical Miles
- 4 Countries
- 21 Ports
- 23 Days and 5 Nights of sailing
- 209 Nights in marinas
- 23 Nights on moorings
- 28 Nights in drying creek
- 100 Nights at anchor
So what’s the plan for this year?
Short answer…. there isn’t one.
We were on a mission last year, we needed to get here, we took it slow but the need to keep moving took the edge off things a little. I want this year to be more relaxed.
There are some 240 Nm of Portuguese and Spanish coast between here and Gibraltar. There are a lot of places to explore along the way. I’m thinking of a long, leisurely, Summer cruise towards Gib. Then maybe Wintering in the Med somewhere along the Spanish coasts of Andalusia and Murcia. But like I say, these aren’t plans they’re thoughts.
All I know for sure is that when we leave here in April we’ll be straight back round to Alvor.