Sailing

Passage to Portugal 2011

Details of our passage, route, marinas and anchorages we visited.We have listed the ports we stopped in with information that may be helpful to fellow cruisers. Having “trod the ground” and with hindsight we would certainly take advantage of more anchorages. The only disappointment was that the time went so quickly and we were unable spend long enough in each location. Marina prices in a lot of instances did not relate to those published in Reeds. We also found that a call on VHF or phone to inform marinas of your arrival resulted in a marinero on hand to direct you to your berth and take lines.

Gosport – Paid Wi Fi, Showers and WC Good, AC and Water on Pontoons
Cherbourg – Marina cost €28.30  per night Free Wi Fi, Showers and WCs just OK, AC and Water on Pontoons, No Staff Visible!!
St Peter Port,  Marina @ £27 per night Free Wi Fi Good Signal, Showers and WC Good, AC and Water on Pontoons, very helpful staff.
St Helier – Marina @  £33per night Free Wi Fi but a waste of time, even close to aerial could not connect. Pontoon fingers very short, Showers and WC Good, AC and Water on Pontoons, very helpful staff
Lezardrieux – Marina @ €28.40 per night Showers and WC OK, Free Wi Fi, AC and water on Pontoons, No staff visible -*** Wish we had stayed longer.
Trebuerden – Marina @ €31.00 per night Wi Fi OK, Showers and WC scruffy, No staff visible, AC abnd Water on Pontoon, Tides need to be checked, see pilot book.
L`Aber-Wrach – Marina @ €26.74 per night  Free wi Fi OK, Showers and WC did not use,(long walk)  AC and Water on Pontoons, Met by Staff in Dory very helpful.
Camaret – Marina @ €? per night Lovely harbour and a delightful town. Unfortunately the marina office is only open 9 – 5 and is 1/2 mile walk from the pontoons so we did not use the facilities
St Evette – Enclosed harbour, picked up buoy (free) did not use facilities.
Concarneau – Marina @ €29 per night Facilities OK, Free Wi Fi, AC and water on pontoons, very busy.
Port Heliguen  – Marina @ €21  per night Showers and WC OK, Pay for Wi Fi, free in office. AC and water on pontoon.

We had planned to carry on down the coast to La Rochelle but seeing a good three day forecast for Biscay we decided to cross to Gijon.

Gijon – Marina @ €36.79 per night Marina staff very helpful (Best on trip) Showers and WC very good, Wi Fi pay 2€ day but excellant connection. AC and water on pontoons.
Ribadeo – Marina @ €44 per night – Marina staff very helpful, Free Wi Fi, Showers and WC good, AC and water on pontoons.
Viviero – Marina @ €21 per night No showers or WC, Helpful staff, No Wi Fi, AC and water on pontoons
Cedeira – Free anchorage Did not venture ashore. sheltered from NE
La Coruna – Marina @ €23.30 per night then up to €31 for last night  Assistance with berthing very good, AC and water on pontoons, WC and showers good, Wi Fi good
Corme  Free anchorage did not venture ashore, pilot says good shelter from NE`s ?? NE 20kts all night!! Limited space with adjacent fish farm.
Camarinas – Marina @ € 22per night Good assistance for berthing by marinero who seemed to run the marina single handed, AC and water on pontoons, showers and wc did not use, Free WI Fi good
Portosin – Marina @ €32.15 per night Very helpful staff. Showers and WC good, AC and water on pontoons, Free Wi Fi did not work.
Bayona – Marina @ €33.43 per night Met by very helpful staff. WC and showers in Portacabin, AC and water on pontoons. Free Wi Fi but it did not work!!
Viano de Costello – Marina @ €27.48 per night Marina not suited to boats over 1.5m so berthed on outside waiting pontoon. Marina staff very helpful, AC and water on pontoon. No Wi Fi on marina. Did not use showers or WC, too far to walk.
Lexioies – Marina @ €23.75 per night Very helpful staff, Did not use showers or WC. Free Wi Fi would only work in marina office. Water and AC on pontoons
Figuiera da Foz – Marina @ €37.36 per night Did not use showers or WC, No Wi Fi, no help, concrete arrival pontoon !!. Water and AC on pontoons.
Peniche – Marina @ €22.28 per night, Woeful, AC and Water on pontoons, never did find WC and showers, No WI FI. 3/4 mile walk to security guard at fishing port to pay fees, met by GNR for boat and crew details
Cascais – Marina @ €54.12 per night Free bottle of wine to visitors(not surprised with the cost) Facilities very good, Very helpful marina staff, AC and water on pontoons, Wi Fi excellant, even sent marinero to berth to collect security card and return deposit as we left before office opened
Sesimbra – Marina @ € 39.48 per night Showers and WC very good, Marina staff helpful
Sines – Marina @ €27.26 per night Showers and WC very good, Marina staff very helpful. No Wi Fi, Water and AC on pontoons
Portimao – Marina @ €42  per night Showers and WC very good, Marina staff very helpful. Free Wi Fi in marina reception with your own laptop or Vodafone Pay. Water and AC on pontoons, need own hose and adaptor.

Mileage

Gosport to Cherbourg 78nm
Cherbourg to St Peter Port 44nm
St Peter Port to St Hellier 27.5nm
St Hellier to Lezardrieux 47nm
Lezardrieux to Trebuerden 42.5nm
Trebuerden to L`Aber-Wrach 50.5nm
L`Aber-Wrach to Camaret 36nm
Camaret to St Evette 28nm
St Evette to Concarneau 37.5nm
Concarneau to Port Heliguen 51.5nm
Port Heliguen to Gijon 277nm
Gijon to Ribadeo 66.33nm + 1 aborted passage of 37nm (returned to Gijon with elec problems)
Ribadeo toViviero 32.5nm
Viviero to Cedeira 34nm
Cedeira to La Coruna 30nm
La Coruna to Corme 35nm
Corme to Camarinas 19nm
Camarinas to Portosin 40nm
Portosin to Bayona 47nm
Bayona to Viano de Costello 36nm
Viano de Costello to Lexioies 71nm
Lexioies to Figueira da Foz 66nm
Figueira da Foz to Peniche 59nm
Peniche to Cascais 45.5nm
Cascais to Sesimbra 28nm
Sesimbra to Sines 35nm
Sines to Portimao 82.5nm

Total of 1483.33nm

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