We had bumped into some locals on the Saturday evening whom we had come to know quite well, Ortiguiera was in mini fiesta so was fairly bustling and we sat chatting until around 1am waiting for the tide to turn. So after 5 weeks we finally left Ortiguiera as planned in the early hours of the Sunday morning and spent what was left of the night at anchor at Carino. This made use of the outgoing tide and allowed us to get away on the Sunday with favourable winds.
With the memory of the journey to Ortiguiera sneaking to mind, one of my worst in terms of sea sickness, I was determined that I wanted to have a good sail for a change. We knew the wind was favourable, the swell reasonable and the weather warm and sunny. We also knew that we were due to go past the spectacular cliffs we had visited in the car with Philippe and Annie last month so I wanted to be on form. On turning in at about 4am, I affixed a seasickness plaster behind my ear to let my body get a build up of the stuff before we set sail. I don’t normally do this as I don’t like the side effects of dry mouth, blocked nose etc, but I gave it a go. I am pleased to say it worked and we had a fabulous sail (motor sail to be precise) around the coast and decided to bypass Cediera and head straight for the Ria at Ferrol. I was happy to cook some lunch on route and by late afternoon with a full battery and the engine running decided to bake a cake..a far cry from lying wretchedly in the after-cabin waiting for the journey to be over!
|Freya Frey anchored in the Ferrol Ria. Does the water look good or what??|
|One of the anchors that held the chains across the river.|
|Part of the ruins of Castillo De San Felipe|
|Inside the castle - I liked the angles of the arches in a diagonal line.|
|A very English bar next to the quay at Ferrol|
We got the bikes out and cycled to Lidl’s – the first one we have been to in Spain – over 3 months without finding one! We also called in at “Brikoking” (I loved the name, it reminded me of Burger king, but was as the name suggests a DIY store) to buy a new drill as the old one died whilst John was adjusting something on the anchor roller. As we left, the rain started to fall, so we stopped off at a nearby hypermarket to get some lunch and hide from the rain. It progressively got heavier and eventually John bought some dustbin sacks which we turned into makeshift rain coats for the ride back. With the two of us and the shopping wrapped in blue polythene, we were not at our most trendy and attracted more than one surprised glance from locals!
|A couple of stall holders in medieval dress at the market in Ferrol|
Whilst the anchorage at Mugardos was lumpy from passing traffic, it was also far prettier and the water was very clear and good for swimming. We spent a few more days there, meeting several other cruisers, including a French couple we had met in Ortiguiera. The weather was getting warmer and the rain that fell in Ferrol was short-lived and the skies stayed blue.
|Dolphins...unbelievably hard to catch on film.|
|Stopping for a drink at the rather busy anchorage at Redes|
|My favourite building at Redes...|
A French family who had anchored nearby joined us for aperitifs. With 2 very small children and a third on the way, they had just sailed from L'Orient, across the Bay of Biscay, landing about 30 miles along the coast from Sada. They have my utmost respect. They were equally impressed that it has taken us 4 months to cover a similar distance (as the crow flies). A couple of evenings we went ashore to see what was happening with the Fiesta: it was lovely to take in the atmosphere in a town so alive and vibrant. This is very definitely a tourist destination for the Spanish, as we haven’t seen or heard another English voice at all.
|The "Tall Ship's Youth Trust" anchored near Sada - at night it was lit up like the proverbial xmastree.|
This morning with the weather forecast suggesting strong south westerlies we have crossed the bay to hide in a little river directly opposite Sada. It has clouded over a bit but is still very warm, and the wind hasn’t yet quite reached that forecast. We have found another lovely spot in which to spend a lazy day. For the last couple of weeks I have felt like I am on holiday, rather than just not working and living in a foreign country. It is rather pleasant and I could easily become accustomed to a life of sunbathing/reading/swimming J.