Category Archives: 2014 Eastbound Crossing

Out of Africa

Thursday, July 24, 2014 – It had been years of planning and waiting for this day.  Today we were going to sail across the southern end of Spain and through the Strait of Gibraltar, which would put us officially in … Continue reading

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Cathedrals, Tapas and Oranges

July 20 – 22, 2014 – Strapping on our backpacks we took the 2-hour train to Seville for two nights.  What a fabulous city!!  It is filled with history, tiles, young people, tapas bars, and oranges.  Yes, oranges.  There are … Continue reading

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Old Old

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Cadiz is the oldest city in Europe, founded in 1100 BC by Phoenicians.   Columbus sailed from here on his second and fourth voyages and set up trading with the Americas that brought great wealth to … Continue reading

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Espana

Friday, July 18, 2014 – After 2 nights on the anchor at Faro it was time to put Portugal in the rear view mirror and head to Spain.  A long day of motor sailing with very little wind got us … Continue reading

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All Algarve

July 13 – 15, 2014 – Time to move on again.  We motored west 6.5 miles – our shortest day at sea since leaving Newport last year – to an anchorage off Portimao where we enjoyed some boat made sangria … Continue reading

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Ends of the Earth

Friday/Saturday, July 11 – 12, 2014 – Tucked into our little rental car we headed west back to see Cape St. Vincent, the southwest corner of Europe from land.  Friends who had both sailed around the Cape and visited by land had … Continue reading

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Lagos Passage – Overnight

July 9 – 10, 2014 – By early afternoon we were sailing south in steep rolling seas.  Waves at 5 seconds apart are significantly less comfortable then at 9 seconds apart.  These were close together and very uncomfortable.  Twenty four … Continue reading

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Get Pumped

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – The plan was to leave Lisbon and start south along the coast of Portugal to the Algarve, the southern coast and vacation spot of Portugal.  We had the boat clean, laundry done, and were provisioned.  … Continue reading

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More Lisbon

Friday and Saturday, July 4th an 5th – While having breakfast on the 4th, we heard a tapping on the side of the boat.  Our neighbors, from Norway, arrived with a bottle of sparkling wine for us to celebrate Indepenence … Continue reading

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Hello Lisboa

Thursday, July 3, 2014 – With some boat chores completed we left about 2 pm and walked the mile to the train station and headed into Lisbon.  Our heads are swimming with Portugese and figuring out signs and instructions.  We … Continue reading

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