So Long Summer
A few days ago we weighed anchor after 51 consecutive nights on the hook and motored out of the Alvor Lagoon round to Marina de Lagos, our home for the next six months.
Gail and I were sad to leave Alvor, it’s been the perfect place to spend the last weeks of what has been the most incredible Summer and we’ll be keeping many happy memories of our time there. We’ll undoubtedly be back there in the Spring to get ready for the next one 🙂
Some Alvor Memories
It was a gorgeous calm morning as we left Alvor, and with the Lagos entrance only a few miles down the coast it wasn’t worth getting the sails up, so we motored along gently just enjoying the view.
Exiting Alvor (Monchique mountains in the distance)
As always, I was on my toes as we entered the channel leading up to the marina, it’s quite narrow and busy and I knew we’d be coming alongside the reception pontoon, passing under a lifting bridge and then manoeuvring into our berth, so I had plenty to think about.
In the event, with no wind and little current, it turned out to be pretty straightforward, apart from one slight glitch when the starboard outboard kicked up as I went astern. I think I forgot to lock it.
It was quite cool to call up on the VHF and have the bridge opened specially for us. Gail and I have walked across that bridge more than a few times in years gone by and back then I’d never have believed that one day I’d be bringing my own boat under it.
We’ve spent the last few days getting settled in, we’d heard nothing but good reports about the marina and from what we’ve experienced so far I’d be happy to confirm them. The last time we were in a marina was Lisbon back in the middle of August so having hot showers, mains electricity, running water, washing machines and decent WiFi is a welcome novelty.
Marina de Lagos
To be honest though I’m still finding the contrast from Alvor a little challenging, traffic noise, sirens, music, other boats close around, it’s just not my ideal environment. I’m not complaining, it was the right choice for this year and as I’ve already said, these next six months are a much needed opportunity to build a solid foundation for continuing adventure.
So I’ll be putting my nose to the grindstone soon, but not this week, my daughter Nicole and her boyfriend arrive tomorrow for a few days so we’ll be making the most of that, hey, we may even go sailing!
Before closing though I’d just like to say a huge thank you for all the comments on my last post. There were some really useful and thought provoking ideas in them and I’m grateful for every one.
I’ve decided that writing is the way to go and have already started researching the options and putting together some ideas. Be warned, I’ll be boring you with all the details over the coming weeks.