|Anchored in the Cies|
In October, Alex and I had a chance to return to Galicia and go sailing for another week. We'd spent two months there in the Rias Baixas this summer. The Ryanair flights from Dublin are only twice a week. We flew out on a Thursday morning and were on the boat before noon. It was a foggy, drizzly kind of day and we were wondering what to expect.
Nevertheless, we trudged up the hill from Punta Lagoa to town with our trusty cart and shopping bags to provision. The Froiz was open and the bakery still had one loaf of fresh bread. Yeah!
|Walking up the hill above Punta Lagoa|
|Above the lighthouse in Cies|
The next morning, the fog and drizzle seemed to be setting in so we walked up the hill in the other direction toward the Rúa do Doutor Corbal to explore the area, hoping to find the little church on top of the hill. We didn't but we did find the lighthouse, the beach and what appeared to be an abandoned beach club on the Paseo da Praia da Guía. It was massively constructed and beautifully appointed. We wondered what the story was. It seems the Club de Remo Virxe da Guia is an active rowing club but you would not know it from the clubhouse.
|Amazing clouds over the Ria de Vigo|
The next morning, we were crushed. A ferry arrived and disgorged a load of passengers. Close behind it was a second ferry. We'd missed our chance to have the island to ourselves. Oh well. We went ashore anyway, tied up at the ferry pier and walked to the lighthouse. We saw only 3 people the entire time. The lighthouse was not impressive and neither was the bird spotting shed. So we walked back and searched for octopus in the lagoon. A guy came running up asking how we'd gotten to the island. Seems two journalists had missed their return ferry but had to be back in Vigo within 1.5 hours. It would take us a lot longer than that, so they continued their quest to find a ride before the 6 pm ferry.
|Oh what a night in the Cies|
The next day we went to Cangas, remaining in the Ria de Vigo, and again had an unusual encounter there. We anchored off the beach well behind another little sailboat. Shortly, he upped anchor and sailed by saying there was too much swell closer in and we were right to anchor where we did. He re-anchored even farther off. His boat was called China Blue Jester. It's a very unique design. Basically a folkboat with cabin, unstayed junk rig, and massive self-steering. He stopped by and we introduced ourselves, but he never gave us his name. Just rowed back and forth talking up a storm. In looking him up, I've discovered his name is Tim McCloy. He had been single-handing in the Rias for quite some time. Told us all about Blondie Haslar and the Jester Challenges he has sailed.
We did shore leave in Cangas, walking the length of the town and stopping into a few shops along the way. It's quite a pleasant town with nice clothing stores, butchers, and restaurants on the street along the marina. Things were closing up for siesta so we went back to the boat. Never saw Tim again.
|Pretty French boat in the Cies|
The next day, since we were just across the Ria from Punta Lagoa, we motored up to see the bridge. We realized they were adding two more lanes in either direction and the very last piece was being hoisted into place that day. What a marvel. The original bridge had two lanes in each direction. The new bridge has two more in either direction outside the original ones. Very cool. Inside the bridge is a very sheltered area that appears to be relatively undeveloped. We saw later from a bus that there are two more marinas inside but in relatively shallow waters.
We had almost no wind all week and only sailed for the couple of hours it took to get from the bridge back to Punta Lagoa. But we had fabulous weather otherwise. About 25C, sunny and no fog and no rain. Now it would be time to attend a conference at the Parador for three days and then do the laundry and put the boat to bed for the winter. It was another fine trip to Galicia.
|The lighthouse near Punta Lagoa|
|Boats anchored off Praia da Guía|
|Mirador at the bird viewing spot on Cies|
|Tankers and cargo ships anchored off the Cies|
|Shorts and T shirts at the end of October.|
|Beautiful sunset over the Cies|
Praia das rodas
|Idyllic anchorage in the off season|
|Pine and eucalyptus forests|
|Big swell and surf|
|Aleria happy in her anchorage|
|The birds have reclaimed their beaches|
|Nicely protected from the swell|
|Daria is happy|
|The marina in Cangas|
|China Blue Jester in Cangas|
|Anchorage surrounded by hills|
|Aleria anchored in Cangas|
|Mermaid statue in Cangas|
|The waterfront in Moaña|
|They are big on art in Moaña|
|Even the playground is artistically nautical|
|Art in Moaña|
|The walk along the marina in Moaña|
|Tapas in Moaña|
|The meat stand at market in Moaña|
|Fresh fish, veg, meats and breads at the market in Moaña|
|The main street in Moaña|
|Fountain and park in Moaña|
|Statues and seating in Moaña overlooking the anchorage|
|Vigo lit up by the sunset as seen from Moaña|
|The anchorage at Moaña|
|New construction in the Ria de Vigo|
|Bridge being expanded over the Ria de Vigo|
|Two lanes added in each direction|
|The last segment being hoisted into place|
|Sailing back under the bridge|
|Return trip under the bridge|
|Sailing to Punta Lagoa|
|The naval cadets on maneuvers|
|Ferries plying the Ria de Vigo|
|Sailing out of Baiona|
|Baiona from the ramparts of the Parador at Monterreal|
|The walls of the fort at Monterreal|
|Dinner at the really interesting restaurant above Punta Lagoa|
|Fish and chips with albarino - no menu, select your fish from the display|
|The conference welcome at the Parador|
|Back on Aleria, sails off, lines secure|
|Yacht club regatta on Sunday|