Slowly, but really slowly

After a nice day and another shower orgy in Sines, we got off the lines at 8 p.m. and started towards Lagos. There we had a reservation in the marina for the following day, which Marc from Gentoo got us. It was probably the last place to be got. Thank you, Marc!

As predicted, the wind started around 9 p.m. We stopped the engine and sailed along the coast on an almost ideal course. First of all. There was little wind and we only ran at three knots, but at least we could sail.

Our way to Lagos

We sailed all night until 10am the following morning. You can see that in the picture above. The wind turned to our disadvantage (was not so predicted) and did not increase in strength (which was predicted). Once again the wind was an unstable journeyman. At the point where the zigzag line ends and the straight motor line begins south, we were only 20 miles from Sines, but we took 14 hours to get there. It's really really slow.

The Cabo Sao Vicente didn't want to and didn't want to get any closer. So we threw our good intentions over and started the engine again. He then brought us the remaining 55 miles to Lagos in 10 hours. I don't even want to think about the good diesel that we squandered here. We could have visited the brewery in Sines for two more days and waited for better wind. But we have not, we are in Lagos.

Lighthouse at Cabo Sao Vicente

Shortly before sunset, we passed Cabo Sao Vicente. The rocks are impressive and the depth of the water means that you can drive very close and take pictures.

Cabo Sao Vicente

Also impressive was the water that splashes through the area when it hits the holes and caves on the cliffs.

Of course, we didn't make it to Lagos before 7 p.m., so we couldn't enter the marina. In front of the marina is a pedestrian bascule bridge, which is only operated during the opening hours of the marina office. So we stayed at the waiting pontoon and rarely slept so calmly. The next morning we came into the harbor.

We have never sailed so slowly.

Chapo in Sines

This post has nothing to do with Drugs to do. It is about sailing, about long-distance sailors.

The first contact was pretty bizarre. I had just registered with the harbor master and wanted to take a quick look at the showers. There I met a German who was drying himself. A conversation developed on the topic of AIS. In the shower.

Two days later we officially met again. We were impressed by Jutta and Charly. The two of them have completely relocated to the sailing boat - just like we did. The two want to drive around the world - just like we do. The two have never sailed before buying a boat. Everyone has told them that they will kill themselves on their trip. But they made it from the Baltic Sea to Portugal.

Chapo in Sines

For a trip to the Caribbean and South America, the ship's name, which is made up of the owner's first and last name, has been chosen courageously. Jutta and Charly are now flying to Germany to see their newborn grandson. Then they continue their trip to the Canary Islands. We look forward to meeting you there again. We really appreciate her humor and her friendly, winning manner.

Chapeau Chapo!


Brewery pub in Sines

We were in Scotland many weeks ago and in the blog I roughly wrote the words “If you weren't in the pub you didn't visit the place”.

If you go after that, we skipped some places on our trip because we haven't been to the pub for a long time. Of course we went out to eat, but we haven't visited a pub for a beer in a long time. That has now changed again in Sines.

When we walked through town the day before yesterday, we saw the brewery. However, we did not want to stop there, but went back on board for our dinner. The neighbors on the jetty, a couple from Augsburg (and therefore knowledgeable about beer), recommended the beer to us. So in the evening we went back to the village to pay tribute to the Sacarrabos Brewpub.

Praia Vasco da Gama at night

More than 100 steps later we sat at a table with a beautiful view of the harbor and tasted the beer. The lager is fresh, very spicy and delicious for a Portuguese beer. The red ale disappointed, the expected hop note was completely missing. The IPA was convincing again, the hops got through here very well and it has a slightly lemony note. Very fine.

Bottom up!

This is not meant to be an advertisement, but a recommendation. The brewery is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. It is located at the top of the non-functioning elevator.

We visited Sines anyway! The place was convincing in every way. A quiet, affordable port with great showers. A beautiful old town. Supermarket still within walking distance. And a brewery. I could stay longer.


Fell into the water

We are still in Sines. We had a very special natural event here last night. When I got up this morning, the carpet in the salon was pretty wet. The water in the cockpit was also in puddles.

Fortunately, I had closed the roof hatch over our bunk before sleeping. Otherwise we would have the water in bed too. Then the rain would not have gone unnoticed at night.

When do we actually have the last rain? A few minutes in Roscoff. A few drops in postage. The last heavy rain was on Islay, there were a rain day or two. And in the Caledonian Canal. Since then we have no longer needed rain gear. Wikipedia writes that the most rain falls in Portugal from October to March.

We slept through the rain, not even counting on it. Our shoes stood on the dock overnight and are now soaking wet. You want to be dried. Fortunately there is still an old newspaper.

Dry shoes

We're also drying the ship. The departure today fell into the water. The positive thing is that we don't have to free Sissi from the salt crust from yesterday's upwind course. Nature has done this for us thoroughly.

None of that is that bad. Sines deserved more than a walk to the supermarket. We get good wind again and if necessary our diesel tank is almost completely full. We had hardly any engine hours since refueling in Vigo. When it stops raining, we go look for Vasco da Gama.

Atlantic under a full moon

Around noon we started in Oeiras, enjoyed a somewhat cheesy sunset and the classic “remains of yesterday” and drove towards Sines.

But I have to write a few words about the classic. Jens is known to be incurably addicted to Lasagna. I can sometimes use a little variety on my plate. That's why I think about how I can serve other dishes in the form of a lasagna. Doesn't help much though.

Lasagne Portuguese - made in Portugal

I packed a cauliflower potato gratin between lasagna pasta plates. It was very delicious. Afterwards Jens said that it would be like paste in the stomach. He struck like he was eating a real lasagna.

So much for the remains of yesterday. We drove out of the harbor in weak winds, were able to set sail after half an hour and turned towards our destination two hours later. If the wind adheres to the forecast, we will arrive in Sines tomorrow shortly after sunrise. Unfortunately there is no tram there.

Atlantic at night in the full moon

Not much happens at first during my watch. The wind increases a little bit, we are getting faster. This is roughly as it was predicted. Our plan still fits the weather. Let's see how many engine hours are added in the end. The wind vane keeps us on course, on our track you can see how the Cabo Espichel turned the wind and thus changed our course line. Unfortunately, it is changing back and is becoming less favorable.

At some point I see a freighter on the AIS that has been targeting us for a while. Somehow the captain wants to go exactly where we are going. But it fits. Ultimately, the freighter passes 250 meters in front of us. No problem.

The freighter

Overall, a pleasant, quiet crossing, even though we are driving a course high on the wind. This is the type of course that is usually exhausting. But the wave is still limited. We slide through the dark water.

I am amazed how far out there the internet still works. That is a few miles from Sissi to the next radio mast. That impresses me - that's why I blog live from the crossing. Our position is currently 38 ° 16'N 9 ° 07'W. It's midnight.

It is now a good 12 hours later. I notice that last night I forgot to put the screenshot of the navigation computer in this post. As beautiful as the sailing is at night, sometimes I'm a little inattentive at the time.

Midnight on the way to Sines

I think the picture shows very nicely how the wind on the cape is redirected and how this influences our course. In pre-wind vane times, we always adjusted the autopilot in these situations or plucked the sails. Now we don't do anything anymore - a real gain in comfort.

We finally connected the first line to the dock at 9:57 a.m. The GNR was there at 10:13 am and filled out forms. Then I was at the harbor master from 10:28 a.m. to 10:57 a.m., the same data was written in other forms. Then I took a look at the showers - a real temple. The best showers since Belfast. And for only € 16.31 a night. If the place is still beautiful now, I could become weak. But the wind forecast for tomorrow is pretty good. Let's see how the stay here develops.

View from the stern of the Sissi to Sines