As nice as Cadiz is, we wanted to complete this journey and our final stop is Sotogrande located around the corner from Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean. Another nice day in Spain with good wind so we were able to sail for about half of the passage. The winds died down a bit rounding Gibraltar and I had a call from my friend I sailed with a year ago. We reminisced about our adventure last year and my new one. It was wonderful to hear from him.
After a number of days exploring Cascais, we headed out to Cadiz. Alternating betwen sailing and motor sailing as we made good time on our way south. We had the fish finder on and noted huge schools of tuna under the boat for hours. The fish finder gave us not only depth and number of fish but how big each one was too. Amazing technology. No wonder this is one of the great places in the world for catching tuna. Wish we had our fishing gear!
Leaving Leixoes to an overcast sky and rain showers around the area we were motor sailing to keep making tracks south. Later in the morning the weather cleared off a bit and the winds came up so we got to sail for a while just in time for another visit from a dolphin pod. This time we had about 100 of them playing around the yacht for a good 30 minutes.
Picked up some fuel before leaving Baiona and headed south for Leixoes so we could spend a few days exploring the old town of Porto, Portugal. Once again, more motoring than sailing but since we needed to continue making progress southward, we had no choice. Flat seas and an easy passage brought us to the marina where we had the last spot to park a yacht our size. It’s a good thing we had called for a reservation.
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