Porto to Figueira De Foz – 19th September 2012

Our main reason for heading to Figueira De Foz was to meet an old close friend called Pedro who had to answer for introducing Carlotta and me 10 years ago at college in Birmingham.  Pedro had kindly offered to put us up in his apartment for a few days so we were both looking forward to a break.

As mentioned in the previous blog we left early and did not pay for the night in Leixoes, one because nobody was around to take our money, two, because I had to climb over a gate to get in and out of the pontoon and three, because they closed early the night previously.

We set sail at 07:00 into a misty morning with no wind.  It looked like we would be again motoring for the day even though the forecast had stated 10 knots of wind.  After 1 hour into our journey we hit a thick bank of fog and this stayed with us for 5 hours.  Luckily there was no much traffic around but the concern in these waters is the amount of lobster pots that you cannot see until you are nearly on top of them.

Despite the fog and the motoring all went well with the journey and in the afternoon the fog cleared and we made sight of the Portuguese coats again.

We arrived into Figueira at 19:45 and were welcomed by the friendliest Harbor Master who kindly directed us to our pontoon.  The facilities here and the marina are great.

We met with Pedro and went for dinner.  We plan to stay here until next week until the wind picks up and we then head to Lisbon.

Miles: 66.3

Engine: 11 hours 48 minuets

Total Miles: 1,435

Lat: 40’08.84

Lon: 08’51.59