Spanish Rias




Our friends arrived in Adele after their Biscay crossing (24 hours from Brest to La Corona!) and we had a look onbord before heading out for lunch.It was great to see her in the water after having seen her in the builders shed in April. The weather had turned bad again and a low pressure was approaching accompanied by +5 meter waves. So no time to leave and we all got to stay a couple of more days in La Corona than planned.  The day after it was our turn to be hospitable and Jan Eric and Jennifer and their guests Bittan and Lasse came onboard for a drink and snacks. The next day the kids and I where off to Torres the Hercules. The worlds oldest lighthouse. I hate to admit that i really felt the 234 steps to the top in my legs. It was fun though and educational. For the kids this was of cause a school exurcion where the theme was Roman history the tower being build by the romans AD 200 to guide their ships trading iron and other metals with England.

Sunday the 11.09 the low pressure subsided and Monday we finally cast off and headed south towards the Spanish Rias or rivers. This part of spain is mountainous and has a rugged beauty. The Rias are fjord like with green hills and mountains, tall fur trees and long inlets. Unlike the Norwegian fjords they have sandy beaches and palm trees as well. The sea is deep blue and seemingly teeming with life. Going south the first thing we discovered was hundreds of tiny crabs drifting along with the current. What they where doing on the surface and a couple of nautical miles from the shore we do not know. But there they were drifting along and waving their claws threatingly towards us as we sailed passed.

Our first stop was Camarinos. A very attractive Ria with a friendly Marina. It was nice and peaceful apart from the fishingboats going past at full steam. After Camarinos we headed south passed Cap Finisterre towards Ria Muros and Portosin. It was just a perfect day and the first really hot day. We had to stop half way to swim in the clear blue atlantic. It was lovely and very refreshing. To everyones suprise the first one over board was Colin!

In Portosin we went for the compulsory walk around the village, visited the beach and had an icecream. We stayed at the beach until the sun was about to set at 2100. Visiting the fishing harbour Camilla and I got to watch as the fishing boats loaded up with ice before they went out for the night. Apparently they go out at 2000 and come back around midnight. Then they go out again. Camilla pointed out all the dead fish floating in the harbour and a  sportsfisherman told us that they dump all the fish that they cannot sell. EU regulates what is to be fished and what not but the nets and trawls are not that good at discriminating between the species. It really makes you think when you see all the fishing boats, the mountains of nets on the docks and a sea floor full of dead fish.



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