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We secured a two-month contract at the Vigo Marina calling it “home base” to explore the Vigo Rias. For the Rias, you must apply for a permit to sail here and once received you must apply for specific dates to drop anchor in the National Park’s designated areas. We were accepted to stay Friday and Saturday in Isle Cies, dropping anchor San Marino. Our first night was outside the National Parks, at Barre Beach (nicknamed “Bare Ass” Beach, a nude beach). It became a rolly and by morning we were happy to move into the National Park. Our first night was at San Marino. Midday I spotted hundreds of crabs swimming passed the boat, and witnessed their adorable swim using their back legs (shaped like an oar) as paddles. Hundreds and hundreds of birds were feasting on them and fish, and then the dolphins came, jumping, diving, and circling our boat all the while filling their bellies. The next night, we went to the more populated beach within the National Park called Nosa Senora. Water temperatures registered 17 degrees. Each morning and usually until early afternoon, and Atlantic fog shrouds the area. The best time of the day is around 4 pm until sundown.
Leaving our Vigo marina slip, we untied from the pier, backed out still tied to the dock! Eleven years aboard and we can still goof up.
Pictured left: in the National Park at anchor
Pictured above: Sailing passed the Spanish Algarve
Open Sailing 2018 for stories and photos.
My article from a few years ago: The Inspirational Philosophy of Sailing Through Life: https://www.nauticalmind.com/blog/2012/02/sailing-through-life/
This website documents the adventures of two Canadians, Con and Barb Sprenger aboard their 15-meter sailboat Big Sky.
Panorama photos below: View of Sintra from Castle dos Mouros; Erice amphitheatre in Sicily; Gulfo di Castelemmarre, Sicily; castles in Erice; Paxos in the Greek Ionian, and the northern end of the island of Milos.