October 28, 2010
J-L got underway again after almost a fortnight in Povoa. It was actually cheaper to buy a month’s berthing than 13 days, so full marks to the Povoa marina. Definitely a cost effective way of storing the boat over winter out of the water.
I left because a nasty looking storm is due into the region on Friday. By all accounts, Povoa is not the place to weather out storms when the boat is in the water. So I motored overnight to Nazaré. With no wind again, sailing was only possible for a short period in the evening when the NW wind picked up a little.
At 10 in the morning, I could raise no one on the refuelling pontoon, although two cleaning ladies came down and washed the bird poo off the pontoon while I waited. After waiting a bit longer, I gave up and pottered across to the visitors berths and moored on a hammer head. When I managed to find the marina captain (a small story of misleading notices and maps) it was okay to stay on the hammerhead. It does give J-L a bit more to hang on to when the anticipated blow arrives.
Nazaré has a fishing harbour with a yacht club in one corner and a visitors marina in another, the rest is for fishing boats of various sizes. This promises noisy and wake-full nights, but maybe the storm will hold them in port too and anyway drown their disturbing habits. The registering process in Nazaré involves a separate trip to the customs and excise, to provide them with the same data as the marina requires. It helps with unemployment, I suppose.
Nazaré is a bus ride away. I took the 90 cent ride to shop for food for the wet weekend to come. As the bus runs every two hours, I took a 3.50 euro taxi back the marina with my bulging bags. Nazaré is a holiday town, once fishing village. From the number of beach-side cafés it must be busy in season, but very quiet now. The funicular railway is not working any more, so it a strident walk or a bus ride to the upper town. First to see how the weather really developes.