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Current Location: Cascais, PortugalCurrent Position: 38 41.83 N 009 24.98 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 0 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereHaving spent a fair bit of time around Lisbon, I thought it would be useful to put up a summary of the area for other (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Cascais, PortugalCurrent Position: 38 41.82 N 009 24.86 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 102 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAs forecast, the wind was light and from the south. This meant that we had to motor almmost the whole way from Cabo Sao Vincente, but that is better than having to beat into fresh northerlies, which is the normal Portuguese Trade Wind state of affairs. So, without much fanfare, and with a few large Atlantic Mackerel, but no Tuna, caught, we arrived at Cascais at about 16:00 hrs and anchored behind the seawall off the beach, alongside about 5 other yachts.
Current Location: Alvor, PortugalCurrent Position: 37 7.4 N 008 37.23 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 4 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereOn Sunday we moved out of the marina to anchor in Portmao harbour. The next day we were minding our own business when we spotted (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Hauled out in Portimao, PortugalCurrent Position: 37 8.2 N 008 31.7 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 126 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereFor three months we caught nothing. That’s nothing with a big fat ZERO, despite trying every combination of lures and speed in (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Monsanto, PortugalCurrent Position: 40 2.36 N 007 6.85 W Click to view map.We had a wonderful winter in Canada  full of fun with the family, Xmas festivities and great skiing! We left Cartagena in November. Spent one week in England with Noel’s family where we celebrated Elmer’s 80th Birthday, his sister’s Birthday and (Click to Read More...)
Did you enjoy the beautiful picture of our boat at the beach? Yes that was on Noel’s last blog. The truth is: I was sitting in front looking for shallows and Noel told me it was very deep there, over 5m he said. So I came and sit at the helm with him and within (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Portimao, PortugalCurrent Position: 37 6.95 N 008 31.28 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 82 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAfter visiting with Ceu’s family in Casegas for another month after our visit to England, we are now by ourselves on Life Part 2 down in Portimao, Algarve. The sun is shining, the sea is (reasonably) warm, the winds variable (we often get a fresh sea breeze in the afternoon) and life is good. We are just getting our traveler car fixed, which might take about a week to order in a new one, and then we will probably take off for theFaro area. In the meantime I am catching up with some online stuff, and looking for a windsurfer that I can buy. Not a lot else to report at the moment, really 🙂
Having tired of being first a doctor and then an internet entrepreneur, Dr. Noel Swanson figured he needed a new career. After briefly thinking about putting his vast experience of wind generators to good use for the benefit of the nation, he then decided that perhaps a career in landscaping was what he really wanted to do. And on his first day at work he successfully moved a pile of dirt from point A to point B – and then smoothed it all down nicely! Meanwhile, Ceu decided that potato farming was more up her street. However, it all seemed like a lot of hard work, so in the end they figured a nice swim was in order… Thanks Carlos and Elisa for the farming and landscaping experiences! 🙂
It has been a hectic month – so apologies for lack of updates! In fact, internet access has been even harder than it normally is on the boat! Anyway, we had a great two weeks with Ceu’s mother in the small village of Casegas. Her mom had just had leg surgery for a broken leg, (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Sines, PortugalCurrent Position: 37 56.41 N 008 51.37 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 214 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAt 3:40pm today, Tuesday, we arrived at Port Sines on the west coast of Portugal! 770 miles, for most of which, it seems, we had (Click to Read More...)