Captain Hugh and the Reluctant Navigator
The Voyage of Vega

Month: August 2015

Total 7 Posts

Castles in Portugal

Sunday 23rd to Sunday 30th August 2015 My last post was from Cascais, just outside Lisbon. We are now 130 miles further south in Lagos on the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast. This part of Spain was occupied by the Moors from nearby North Africa from the 8th to 12th centuries.

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Churros, Chocolate and Conger Eels

Baiona, Spain. Friday 14th and Saturday 15th August. We had been advised that ‘churros and chocolate are a bedrock of Spanish culture as much as the croissant and coffee in France’, and that ‘if you get the taste it is a life enhancing event’. Having not managed to try them

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More Rias

  Friday 7th to Thursday 13th August. My last post ended over a week ago arriving one evening in a pretty bay off Isla de Arousa where, welcomed by dolphins, we dropped anchor, opened a bottle of Albariño and cooked supper. Bliss. We looked forward to a walk around the

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By George! She’s got it!

I think that I finally understand the joy of sailing. It might not be love yet but after a wonderful day’s sail in the sunshine, with 20 to 25 knots of wind, the sails filling and the boat pulling through the water, spray rising from the bow, and my taking

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Las Rías de Galicia

Wednesday 29th July to Wednesday 5th August. We are now in the Rías. When asked what a Ria is, Hugh’s answer was that anyone who has done O’level geography should know this. So for those of us who don’t, a Ria is a long narrow inlet of the sea coast, formed

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Dolphins in Biscay

Some video, I hope, of a pod of dolphins who came for a brief visit as we were crossing the Bay of Biscay on 21st July. We haven’t seen any dolphins since then. A sunfish and lots of grey mullet, but no dolphins. The WiFi connection here is very slow and I haven’t been able

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