Last stop in Portugal

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2014

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Flag of Portugal  , Algarve,
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

After leaving the wonderful tranquility of the Ilha we had a night on a mooring buoy at Tavira then onto Vila Real de Santo Antonio which is the last marina on the Portuguese side of the Rio Guadiana.  We had a restful sail along the coast and reached the marina in good time.  The wind along the Algarve and in fact the whole of Portugal seems to blow up in the afternoons and gusts unto 23 knots at times from nothing. So we realised that the wind was blowing us onto the reception pontoon as we arrived but handled it well.  Steve went to register us while I waited on board as usual.  The marina then told us to move to a berth pontoon so we made ready to go but the wind was sooo strong that we had a contretemps with clammy another yacht moored in front of us.  This meant that the bimini had to have a repair done to it and we said we weren't moving anywhere.

The people whose yacht it was were very good and checked out their boat and all was well with them.  They were a smashing English couple who had been living on their yacht for 5 years and spent there time along that coastline.  The man told Steve where he could get the bimini fixed up which happened to be across the river to the Spanish side.  He set off and took the ferry across to see the man over by the marina there.  I went off to try and find a free wifi signal in the town.  There was one cafe where I bought a drink and caught up with a few important emails.  Then Steve came back and said that all was sorted out and we were to go over to Spain next day and get the repair done. So we had a meal by the marina that night and settled down for the night.
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