Anchoring with Ella

Posted on 23.09.2016 Leave a comment

Anchor (according to Wikipedia): a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current

Nice device!

Cíes Islands off Vigo, Spain: first (but definitely not the last) place visited with the aid of the nice device (if not taking the first night in Falmouth into account – where we even had to pay 18 pounds for it…). Part of the National Land-Marine Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia, we had requested and received permission to anchor in the area: another example of (as far as we can see) unnecessary bureaucracy and paper moving that we have experienced several times in Spain, but on the other hand, it creates jobs… Well in place at the beautiful islands, it seemed like no one cared we had asked for permission…

Harmony: when starting the day with a good book and a cup of coffee, enjoying the view to turquoise water and the delicate Praia de Rodas (once voted the best beach in the world by The Guardian), and the fact that the tourists have not yet arrived (don’t worry – they will! – in hordes, questioning the status of the Cíes Islands as a natural reserve that should be protected…)

Onja ensures the transport ashore, despite her old age 😉

Real adventure: what a delight to be able to visit “remote” places on our own, without being dependent on the time table of a commercial boat!

Ilha das Berlengas off Peniche, Portugal: second (and still not the last) place visited with the aid of the nice device (don’t tell anyone we cheated a little here, and borrowed one of the moorings laid out by the companies running the tourist boats). As you can walk around the whole island within a couple of hours, including a visit to the Fort of São João Baptista das Berlengas, giving Fort Boyard associations (but we were not exposed to the challenges of the TV series!), the rest of the day can be spent at the small beach, snorkelling in the cold water with myriads of big fish and watching the high tide quickly coming closer, forcing you to finally sail back to the mother ship 🙂

No stress (although skipper does not sleep as tight as usual…)

Great – that’s the word that sums it up!

Ella at anchor at the Cíes Islands

Ella at anchor at the Berlengas Islands

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