Waiting in Lisbon

Valeria, Cynthia, Rafael and Filipa arrived at varying times on Friday the 10th of October and got settled in before a late dinner on board.

On Saturday we had a day of enforced leisure as the remnants of ‘Joachim’ poured down on us. Valeria has a favourite phrase of ‘Nada bem Feito’ which translates to ‘doing nothing, done well’.   So we spent Saturday doing nothing, well.  Apart from the safety briefing of course.

The advantage of sailing with Filipa and Rafael is that, living here, they know all the places to go, and so they arranged an evening of Fado for us all; Fado is the local folk music.    The restaurant was in a ‘cave’.  It actually reminded me of a room with a bad render coat on uneven walls it was vaguely cave-like when they turned down the lights.

Cynthia, Filipa, Rafael, Paulo, Valeria and ChrisThe restaurant was very crowded and had a very local feeling, the food was good and the company too; we were joined by a couple of Rafael and Filipa’s friends.  The musicians were quite a talented bunch and sang solos accompanied by guitars.   Fado is generally melodic and doleful but this was more reminiscent of a 1950s pub sing song!  Overall an enjoyable evening, and a very late one.

Having kept a constant eye on the forecasts I decided that Sunday was still our day to go, the winds predicted to be westerly up to 20 knots all the way.   I’d explained that with such a long passage I would be cat napping every now and then and that Valeria and Cynthia would be on one Watch, with Rafael and Filipa on the other, once the sun went down I’d be up for the Night Watches which would see us rounding Cab St Vincente and Punta Sagres.   We’d then have a long run towards Faro when I’d be cap napping again.

I’ve been emailing Michael, the guy we are renting our mooring from, keeping him updated with our changing plans and getting local pilotage advice in return.  The best time to get into the lagoons around Faro is on a rising tide, and as luck would have it we should be arriving mid-way between low and high water, rising tide, current behind us, if we can keep up a speed of 6 knots.

And so, tomorrow, we will be up at 0MG630 hours to leave here by about 7 hoping to stop at Doca de Belem (next door but one marina) to take on diesel.   I’m hoping to sail all or most of the way and arrive at Faro with virtually full tanks; we’ll be on a buoy with no electricity or mains water and so will need to use the generator if we want 240 volts for such things as the microwave, kettle, laundry, dishwasher (joking).

Anyway, that’s the plan, let’s see what actually happens ……

Sailing south ….

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