Hello sten, after some down trips across Biscay Bay to the Med
, i dont recommend stay in any harbour in winter from La Coruña Up to the North Coast of Spain,this include Gijon , Santander .
I made a mistake one time sailing from La Rochelle France
to Bayona and in the end of the trip make a stop in Gijon with rigging
problems, surfing down to gijon ok, but try to leave the north coast of spain in winter is a suicide, we have for 42 days seas in the entrance of the harbour between 10 to 40 ft breaking in the entrance, very long wait for weather, off course not all the winters all the same , and some people dont have this kind of weather all the time.
Ok iff i want to leave the boat
in a safe place with a boatyard nearby, this is my choices, 1 Sada Marina in Bayona , nice marina and nice boatyard , lots of fun ashore but in winter not to many people, close to Cap Finisterre.
2, Cascais Harbour Lisboa in Portugal
, another nice marina with a i think 40 ton travelift, chandlerys and boats services in the same marina , very good protection from weather, nice staff and close to Lisboa, not soo cold in winter.
I have bad experiences in Oporto with Customs
and Inmigrations, and the marina is in poor condition.
3 Cadiz in Spain , Nice and funy people, a boatyard with good services include a sailmaker
, good protection from W and E in winter , best food
4 La coruña , nice town , nice marina staff , excelent food
, but winter gales is a isue in winter.
5 Bayona , the same to Sada, one off the best places close to finisterre .
In all this places is posible leave the boat and fly back home , the more south you hare the better weather in winter, Vigo Rias is a wonderfull place and the food is really excelent.
And for weather ??
Many people say that crossing Biscay Bay is finish when you reach Spanis Coast ,
I tell you that Crossing Biscay Bay in winter is finish when you round Cape Finisterre, and after Finisterre the weather usually improve.
And wacht to sail close to Portuguese Coast, lots of fishing
vessels and a infested fishing
traps waters close to the coast, i made the trip down always 30 to 40 miles off the coast.
Hey enjoy the trip and have wonderfull time .