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    Default Cruising west coast of Portugal

    Hi

    I’m currently in La Coruna and starting to plan the cruise down the west cost of Portugal north to south, and I’d appreciate advice from people that have done that before.

    Is it feasible to cruise the west coast in a series of ‘day sails’. From initial look at the pilot and charts it looks like distances between ports are much further than here in Galicia ?

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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    We sailed down the Portugal coast and from memory it was day sails. One thing to look out for is large onshore swells which make trying to get to a marina dangerousso stand off or keep heading south.

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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    It is possible to do all the way down to Gibraltar sailing only in daytime. Some legs may be longer however, if you do not want to sail at night it is certainly feasible.
    Before you run to Portugal from La Coruna, spend as much time as you have around the north/west coast of Spain - the Rias.
    See these: Baiona,
    Viana do Castelo
    Povoa de Varzim
    Leixoes
    Aveiro
    Figueira da Foz
    Nazare
    Peniche
    Cascais (Lisboa)

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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    We did Póvoa de Varzim, Nazaré, Cascais and Sines all day hops
    Some info on our journey here, just click on newer to get the later stops
    https://www.sailblogs.com/member/serenmor/136121

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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    Yes, day sails are very possible. Anchorages get scarce once you reach Portugal, but there are a few. Take your time to enjoy the Rias, they're the best cruising ground on that route. Especially the northern ones, which will still be quiet - down towards Baiona it'll get busy now.

    Definitely stop for a while in Porto (Leixoes), it's a fantastic city with much to discover.

    We've blogged about our journey down that way, starting here: https://sdfjkl.org/blog/2017-08-07-rias-altas/

    Do buy some pimientos de padron and fry them in olive oil, salt & pepper. We miss them and the Portuguese chicory coffee

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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    Quote Originally Posted by jordanbasset View Post
    We did Póvoa de Varzim, Nazaré, Cascais and Sines all day hops
    Some info on our journey here, just click on newer to get the later stops
    https://www.sailblogs.com/member/serenmor/136121
    And us.

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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    We've day sailed the coast 3 times. Once up, twice down but settled weather needed as there are few ports of refuge when the swell kick up - if it does, stay offshore. If fine, anchor in 14m off the Berlengas isles instead of Peniche, nature reserve with good scuba.

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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham376 View Post
    We've day sailed the coast 3 times. Once up, twice down but settled weather needed as there are few ports of refuge when the swell kick up - if it does, stay offshore. If fine, anchor in 14m off the Berlengas isles instead of Peniche, nature reserve with good scuba.
    Agree it is very feasible to day sail north to south but as the daylight hours reduce it is important to remember that the last 3 legs around Cape St Vincent are the longest. Once around Vincent there are a number of good anchorages around Sagres and Baleeria but as Baleeria has foul ground, a tripper could be a good idea.

    Alternatively, you could press on to Lagos or anchor at Alvor.

    Preferring to avoid the Nortada, (The Portuguese Tradewind) when going north, I have always accepted a long offshore passage. Hopefully outside the pots that infest parts of that coastline.
    Last edited by nortada; 21-07-19 at 14:38.
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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    This is my log from 2017, it might be of some help.
    I haven't got round to publishing the full trip yet, too many pics - work in progress!

    Log 17.png
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    Default Re: Cruising west coast of Portugal

    Quote Originally Posted by nortada View Post
    ......it is important to remember that the last 3 legs around Cape St Vincent are the longest. Once around Vincent there are a number of good anchorages around Sagres and Baleeria but as Baleeria has foul ground, a tripper could be a good idea.

    Alternatively, you could press on to Lagos or anchor at Alvor.
    Sines to Lagos is the longest leg but, if there's a levant blowing, there's a sheltered small bay directly south of St Vincent or, if SW round to NE then good holding in Sagres Bay, a mile or so further round. We avoided Baleeria, as you say because of foul ground.

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