Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Pavoa Da Varzim To Cascais (Lisbon)

      Kisti Two departed Povoa Da Varzim on 9 October 2013 and once again it was to be the metal genoa (engine) due to a lack of wind. Once again she was to prove to be a magnet for dolphins and we were swarmed three times by schools of these delightful creatures who as always put on an excellent show for us.

Various Pictures Of Dolphins Off Kisti Two's Bow

      It was a long 94 nm motorsail in calm seas and we reached Figueira Da Foz (Fig Foz) at sunset. The Maritime Police and Marina Staff had all left for the night, so we found our own spot on the pontoons and were soon asleep as we had already planned to depart early next morning to push on towards Lisbon.

Approaching Fig Foz
Navigation Lights On For Early Departure
Ginny On Dolphin Watch
    We passed Nazare, the location of the worlds highest recorded wave due to an excedingly deep marine trench over 1000m deep that comes right up to the beach. Thankfully it was calm with a small swell. We headed on south to try out an anchorage at the cove of Sao Martinho Do Porto, the 'Lulworth Cove' of Portugal. In fact this whole coastline was to remind us of the 'Jurassic Coast Of Dorset' and we were able to put names to all the formations which resembled of our favourite English coastline. We crept slowly into the bay with a rising tide to cross the shallow bar. We searched around for an anchorage spot but due to spring tides and the danger of swell, there was nowhere deep enough so we crept out again to head on south to Peniche

'Worbarrow Bay' Off Portugal!
Entry To' Lulworth Cove', Sao Martinho Do Porto
The Town Of Sao Martinho. No Swell!
Guy Pleased to Cross The Sao Martinho Do Porto Bar
   Kisti Two approached Cabo Carvoeiro which reminded us of Portland with its steep solid rock formations and lighthouse and rounded the headland into the harbour of Peniche. This headland, like Portland had once been an island with a large fortress but was now joined to the mainland. We joined to surfers on an international surf competition in the cafes along the main street and visited the fortress museum. 

Cabo Carvoeiro, Portuguese 'Portland Bill'
Fortifications Of Peniche
    We left Peniche early on 12 October and enjoyed an excellent sail to Lisbon where we decided to stop at Cascais which is at the mouth of the River Tagus. We were visited by more dolphins and passed round Cabo Raso, the most western point of Europe. Our most western position was 38.49'.28' N and 009.31'.42' W. We refuelled with 163ltrs of diesel and the tied up in the Marina overlooked by the old Citadel, now a hotel and some lovely villas. 

Cascais Waterfront And Beach
British Pubs In Cascais Main Square
Guy Admiring The Wavy Crazy Paving