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Vigo before ve go.

October 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Vigo is a great city, lots of character, narrow streets, church with out of tune chimes, which the locals don’t seem to notice! When we asked them which church it was they didn’t know what we were talking about. The Club Nautico building is a grand affair, the super structure of a cruise liner, the interior to match. 25_RealClubNautico_vigo_58.jpg Lots of sculptures the one here is El Sireno, the merman,24_Merman_60.jpg who peers out over the city and sea from a great height.

One area, the old quarter, A Pedra, is worth a visit, where the expert oyster sellers open oysters for you to try and buy. (It also happens to be on route for passengers from the cruise liners.) In the marina the stern of the boat was against the pontoon, common enough practise but the compulsory Spanish promenade was just behind, and we had a procession of all sorts going by, young madly in love couples, older and possible wiser taking a stroll, families with children, and the fitness conscious either jogging or fast pace to the end of the walkway and back, Also included were the passengers from the cruise liners, and we heard lots of comments about the boat in English, spoke to a couple who had just completed a round the world trip in three and a half months! Then we heard our own Scottish accent and had a chat with Tom and Marjory Bell from outside Glasgow, we were able to tell them about the Camara Escure at the Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon, their next port of call, which we visited last year and I loved the simplicity and elegance of the camera.

We took the chance to stock up with lots of tins and a few cartons of wine! It seemed to make sense because I have just about worked out the supermarket system in Spain, now we are just about leaving.

The anchorage across at Moaña was home for a couple of nights, an honest working town, obviously improving itself. Once had a rope factory, close to the fishing harbour. 26_Rope_making_1_0018.jpg

27_Rope_making_2_0017.jpg. Is in the process of building the compulsory sea front walkway and has the usual mix of shops and bars. Between the town and the harbour we spot one of the communal wash areas. 28_Outside_washeries_0020.jpgI think David needs more practise though.
While we were here David was sorting out the watermaker which needed mending ie he wasn’t doing it for fun! He needed a brass coupling not just any old coupling but a special one in imperial size, now you know I’m not mechanically minded so don’t ask me any more about it if you want technical ask David. Where would we get a special bolt, not in any old chandlers. Well we zoomed off in the dinghy to a boatyard only half a bay away, we landed on their dock, up their steps, not knowing what they would say
Hello you from the Scottish boat? We have someone who works here from Scotland. Our blue and white flies high from the shrouds.

The coupling spare was found, we had a chat with Marcus who is indeed from Scotland, and works as a welder for the moment. He’s in the process of building his own boat in steel of course and plans to take off in a few years time. His mother is sailing to Brazil and his father is sailing from South Africa to Scotland, so he has some sailing background! We were so glad to get the spare and so easily.
The forecast is good for tomorrow so we’ll be away, south.

Tags: Atlantic Leg

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tony Owens // Oct 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Disappointed to see you only washing your smalls. Thought that you would at least be rinsing the salt out of your storm jib.


  • 2 Liz Dykes // Oct 10, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Hi hope you got my last, notest the boat is away from Kepdarroch when I past last week no more news Liz

  • 3 David // Oct 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Tony, of course the storm sail was washed first. I plan on it being packed away for a long long time! No thoughts on the wood? Mary