8 February 2017 – Around the Rock

8 February 2017 – Around the Rock

Rio Guadiana (PRT) – Málaga (ESP) Stuck in the sand BAM! Luci’s keel hits the sand, we’re stuck. Behind us is the open Atlantic Ocean, in front of us the shallow entrance to the Rio Piedra. Our pilot book warned us about this shallow and potentially dangerous passage and in different circumstances it would have […]

16 January 2017 – Winter Sun in the Algarve

16 January 2017 – Winter Sun in the Algarve

Lisbon (PRT) – Rio Guadiana (PRT) Further South “Oh that awful smell… shall we sail on?” Ivar points to port. Tall chimneys with burning gas flares line the coast. We are a few miles from Sines, our envisaged stop for the night, but the fumes of Portugal’s fossil fuel industry cast doubts over our choice. “It […]

27 December 2016 – The Portuguese West Coast

27 December 2016 – The Portuguese West Coast

Islas Cíes (ESP) – Lisbon (PRT) Impressive speeds Countless stars brighten a clear sky over the Islas Cíes. A steady easterly wind starts to blow, perfect to sail south to Portugal. It is bedtime, but since the wind is our main power source, we adapt to its rhythm and lift the anchor instead of going […]