The Spanish Northern Rias

After a action packed summer and the voyage down to Spain we decided to take our annual family holiday in Bayona and the Isles de Cies. Bayona is a historic little town. Fishing is still industrious here and the quay has a large fish market open in the mornings. One of the only places open in the mornings ! Spain works on a different pace and nothing really gets going till about 11 am. The shift in clock change also makes early mornings very dark and we were a little confused about it feeling warmer and more summery but at the same time darker like the winter mornings that we are so familiar with. We have had rain and thunder storms of biblical proportions after a sun drenched first week of blistering heat. Malachi’s Grandpa came to stay and we all swam off the Grayhound and enjoyed local food ashore. Galicia is so good at Seafood, it dominates the menus. Tapas is not as we know it here although the idea of sharing food is strong, but portions are main sized which we all dive into. Octopus and Potato, clams and white beans in a stew, Razor Clams so delicious like scallops in taste and texture. Deep fried squid an old favourite,beautiful mussels and prawns. Local cheese with anchovy , fresh tomatoes. Puddings good too, rice pudding with a zest and spice, crème caramel and a Granny’s recipe of chocolate mouse cake seen every where in the local bakeries. Spanish bread always is good for a few hours then turns to rock, not so good for on the boat. But I have...

The Biscay crossing

Grayhound Left Falmouth on September the 11th with a fine Northerly breeze. We rocketed across the channel and continued past Ushant with its lighthouse beam just in range. What a start, Grayhound loves a down wind force 4 to 5 . We did not hoist the Mizzen sail as this would only blank the main. The main and fore set beautifully such a large sail area pushing us along. The crew settled into their watches. Our voyage crew this time were two lovely guys not known to eachother. GP Dr Duncan Keeley, being a keen sailor himself he was at home immediately and sat a watch with Marcus. Charlie led a watch with our regular customer Diccon Guy who was on his third voyage of the season. Diccon is a keen Astro navigator and wanted to cross Biscay to improve his Sun run suns, sight reductions and plotting. The last voyage he came on was in August, he came with his five year old son on a West Country weekend voyage.  Malachi was wondering why his playmate was not back…where as Diccon was pleased to concentrate on his sailing adventure for himself. The girls took the third watch, Freya and Ruth saw in the sunrise each morning and enjoyed some girls time philosophising on night watch, which was so great. Watching the stars and wondering where we came from and thanking the universe for placing us on this beautiful planet.  Malachi did his usual 10 hours sleep and woke up at seven each morning wanting his cereal. We all took turns in the breakfast run with Malachi. As we pressed on...
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