October 14, 2010
Thursday 14th started well with sunshine and little wind in Viana do Castelo. I was delighted at checkout with the lower prices of the marina compared to those of Baiona.
It took 4 hours motoring south to reach Povoa de Varzim. A little wind started in the south and moved westwards. By 14:30 the sea fog rolled in and the siren on the harbour wall started wailing. At 17:30 it stopped, signalling the end of the fog and the return of the sunny day. That was my first experience with the rapid set-in of Atlantic fog.
The harbour seems to have been badly designed. The sea walls are not high enough, so I am told: a strong westerly throws waves over the wall into the marina and a strong southerly chases a swell into the harbour. Nevertheless, the yard is full of boats out of the water, it seems a good place to park them over winter or set them up for sale. The marina is much less expensive than elsewhere and the staff have a very friendly approach. While the weather is settled, I may stay a little longer than intended.