At La Coruņa it was low water when we arrived so we unable to
get onto the fuel pontoon and faced with a two hour wait we decided to the use
the time to motor down the ria to the small town of Sada were we picked up fuel,
were squeezed into a berth which I still believe to have been slightly narrower
than our actual beam, showered, and headed out to refuel ourselves.
There seemed to be not an open restaurant in Sada (it was
Sunday evening) but we
eventually became the only customers of an extremely patient Spanish
who introduced us to a sort of buy one get one free to take home with you system
of wine list, that remains a mystery.
Early morning 9th June - Left Sada, phoned rally control to say we'd definitely
catch them 'tomorrow', and headed for Finistere.
2030 hrs 9th May - just north of Finistere, wind F7/8 - on the
nose again - almost zero progress. Headed into Camariņas.
2300 hrs 9th May - Awful mooring with 20 Knots of wind behind us.
Climbed off the boat over the pulpit and into a bar at the end of the pontoon. Fishermen poured us
tumblers of red wine and the owner opened the kitchen to cook us "meat or
fish". It suddenly all seemed OK again.
We stayed in Camariņas for two nights whilst the weather
settled. Unknown to us at the time Estrela, one of the other yachts struggling
to catch the rally, anchored in the bay and left before us at first light.
We left at 0600 and motored south in almost no wind, but a 3-4 metre swell left
over from the earlier storm.
Phoned rally control to say we would definitely catch the
rally 'tomorrow'! They managed not to sound at all sceptical.
Entered Portuguese waters at 1820. (More dolphins than I've
ever seen at one time. At least 100) Arrived Leixoes 0130 (more fishing boats
etc etc). We had caught the rally - it was now 12th June!
Parked and went to bed.