Ocean Passages

Baiona, Spain to Portugal

Rolling into Baiona

We navigated three meter waves into the harbour in Baiona to gain a bit more protection.  The docks were creaky as we tied up and the swell continued to roll in to the bay.  It is an interesting note that Baiona is also where the Pinta, yes, that Pinta, Christopher Columbus’ Pinta, arrived after ‘discovering’ the ‘New World’.  How do I know?  There is a replica in the harbour that allows you to take a tour.  I just hope that replica is not true to size because my image of the grandeur of the ships would have to be readjusted.  It was not very big – at least not according to my imagination.

When Wind Is On The Nose

We walked around the fort in Baiona and we enjoyed the one restaurant that was open off season, with a delightful sorbet to cleanse the palette.  Then we were off.  Heading south to Porto, Portugal.  Unfortunately, the wind was on the nose.  It was from the south and we had 60 miles to go.  Who wants to do that?  That’s more like an endura-thon than a fun sailing day.  So we made a quick audible and headed into Viana do Costhelo for the night.  At sunrise, we resumed course with the wind from the north this time.  It was a much better sail to Porto.


We tied up in Leixones, Portugal (pronounced lay-show-nsh), which was near the interesting city of Porto.  The marina was crowded and they found us a slip at almost the end of a narrow fairway tied to a dock that was under construction.  It worked for the three days we were there – though getting out of the slip took a little imagination and tricky engineering.  

Beach Time

While we were in Leixones, we found a beach that was so long even Kala had a hard time sprinting from one end to the other.  She spent hours running into the waves, playing with sticks and meeting other dogs.  Every hard day on the boat is forgotten with one hour of beach time.  

Porto Tour

Afterwards, it was time to tour Porto.  This ancient city is on the River Duoro and is the second largest city in Portugal.  It is known for it’s wine and…well, it’s wine.  Oh yeah, I think Henry the Navigator has a statue there.  But mostly for it’s wine.  The colorful buildings and cobblestone streets built along the river make it extremely picturesque.

Further South

After a quick train ride back to Leixones, we prepared Terrapin for the next passage.  We had a few places on the Iberian Peninsula left to explore.  First on the list, an overnight to Cascais.