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Persephone of London - 9th September

It had been very foggy the last couple of mornings but today looked like an ideal day to head further south. We had a great breeze (more than originally expected) with few patches of sea mist but nothing too disturbing. It was great not having to put on the 'old iron donkey' and get a full days sailing under our belts again. We were now heading to the next destination of Nazare which we estimated would take us about 6 hours. The Nazare marina is run by an elderly English gentleman (ex Naval Officer) who called us up on the VHF as we approached the harbour walls. He was extremely efficient and gave us STRICT instructions on how we should moor up in the allocated slot (as only an ex Naval Officer can!)   He and his wife (who he charmingly referred to as 'No 1) were there at the pontoon to greet us and take our lines alongside a French gentleman who we had seen at Camarinas in his lovely little black and yellow 1971 half-tonner called Chloe. We were made very welcome into this small marina.    Not very picturesque  but very welcoming just the same.  We understand from the French gentleman that the local town (about one and half miles stroll along the sea wall)  is well worth a visit so we plan a trip there tomorrow.    

Whilst settling down for the rest of the evening we were approached by another English couple, Ian and Fiona, sailing their Sadler 34 Ruffian, who had arrived a couple of days earlier. They had been having engine/electrics problems  and were waiting for an engineer. Their engine is the same as ours - an ageing Volvo 2003 and so Nigel spent a little time with them trying to assess their starting and charging difficulties. Heads were scratched, vinho blanco consumed and still no joy.   Tomorrow  we will compare the electrics with Persephone and see what develops...

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