i thought i would post a few pictures of the delivery
i did last week of a 26 ft Westerly griffon bilge
keeler from Newlyn, cornwall to Ribadeo, north spain
the crossing which was aproximately 400 miles went well with no major dramas,unusual for the dreaded Biscay!,
apart from the auto pilot bracket on the tiller breaking and bow light needing rewiring both easily fixed it was a great trip,
a bit bumpy with f 5 ene winds across the channel and ushant,allowing us to sail nearly half way untill the winds became very light as we entered biscay proper.
the 20 hp nanni diesel
performed perfectly,using about 1.2 liters an hour and a steady 4.9 knots till the spanish coast where a dawn arrival was planned to get into the Ria of ribadeo at high water
,as the current
runs at about 3 knots on a falling tide.
alas at 4.30 am we had thick fog
,and about 3 miles off we were forced to wait till the fog
cleared and arrived in about 2 hours after hw,
by this time the current
was flowing full speed in the enterance channel,but we gave it a go with the engine
flat out and boat speed over the ground down to 2.5 knots!
along the way we picked up a very tired "hitchhiker",a racing
pidgeon,poor thing could hardly hold its head
up,till we fed it some water
it stayed the night and flew off in the direction of La Coruna the following morning.
the crew were great,both missionaries who have traveled and worked all over the world,so interesting company,though not sure if they approved of all my jokes!
the owner (who was one of the crew) took me out for a great meal where we had the local speciality,octopus cooked in ham stock,with piment"padrones",and deep fried baby squid as side dishes.
getting home was a 5 hour bus ride to Santander,a night in a nice "pensione",then on the ferry
over night to plymouth.
santander was great with a "fiesta" going on in the street adjacent to the pensione,lots of nice food
and local specialities free as tasters!
nice to go sailing and get paid for it!
all in all the westerly performed well,though i'm not sure i would like to be in open ocean in anything above a force 6 in it as the bilge
keels,small size and shallow draft
made things lively in 6 ft waves!