Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Islas Cies

The Spanish weather is giving us a break from the low-pressure and associated fronts which have been dogging us since our arrival in La Coruna; we're currently enjoying clear blue skies and moderate winds. That said a couple of days ago when we left Sta Eugenia de Riveira the weather outlook didn't look as favourable:

FINISTERRE:
WESTERLY 3 TO 5 LOCALLY 6 TO 8 IN NORTH, VEERING NORTHWEST
4 TO 6 LATER.
SEVERE GUSTS. ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. SQUALLS LOCALLY THUNDERY.

We decided to leave anyway as it was only a short hop (30 miles) to the Isla Cies and most of the bad weather appeared to be in the north. As we cleared the river, rain passed over the mainland obscuring the port we'd left and another squall blocked out the islands we were aiming for. We donned full wet weather gear and prepared for the inevitable drenching, but were spared; rain only hit us after we'd dropped anchor and were safely below decks.
Exploring the Island
Exploring the Island


The following day was sunny and spent exploring the island and swimming.

We planned to spend sometime diving under Kika and cleaning any growth that had attached itself to the hull, but only managed a couple of dives before the cold overcame us - felt colder than the propeller cleaning dives in Dartmouth or perhaps we're loosing our north European acclimatisation to the cold.

We're progressing slowly in the galley with our first loaves of bread baked and consumed - the lack of any shops on the island and our inability to simultaneously buy food AND organise the laundry led to our supplies of fresh food being low and we had to raid our bread mix and canned foods.
We're now in Bayona which presented us with our first stern-to mooring challenge. We'd planned to pick up a mooring buoy, but were directed to a narrow gap between two yachts both moored stern-to on the pontoon. So far we’d managed to avoid this kind of mooring as I'm still becoming accustomed to manoeuvering Kika in confined spaces. Going astern doesn't appear to be her strongest ability - certainly with me at the helm. Still we managed to reverse in and stop before we bent the self-steering gear, despite conflicting instructions from Spanish on-lookers.
Bayona looks like a great place to explore so we’re planning to stay here a couple of days before heading to Portugal.

2 comments:

TimJ said...

Nick!
I am so jealous, sounds like a real trip of a lifetime, I hope it all goes smoothly. In case you haven't heard I am shortly to become a dad! Official due date is 15th Oct, I'll keep you posted.
Cheers

Tim and Hannah + bump

neil said...

Hey Nick. Just caught up with Brian and let me know the latest on your trip. Was so sorry to have missed you both before you left. All sounds great so far.

Glad to see you are still having the same faffs with mooring as you always had :).

Have a great trip and stay in touch. By the way you're Michael Fish impression is coming along leaps and bounds..

Take care

Neil, Karen and boys