Finally off again! We spent an extra day in Faro waiting for some ‘drop nosed clevis pins’ for my bow sprit to be delivered but predictably they never came and so we decided to leave Faro on the evening tide on the 29th and make an overnight passage to Rota.
We said our farewells to Michael and Iva, our hosts and some-time boat keepers and slipped our mooring at 5.45 pm.
As we travelled down the Canal de Faro night fell and it was completely dark as we passed Cabo Santa Maria lighthouse, this time with the tide behind us. It was a clear and virtually cloudless, starry night and the forecast was good, so, when the radar decided not to work I decided to continue on our way. As there was little wind we motored and I took the first 3 hour watch up till midnight. I had Orion for company for most of the watch and then at about 11 the moon rose lighting our way. Mauro took the second watch till 3 in the morning and then John was on deck for the 3 to 6 watch when I surfaced again as we approached Rota.