We had a lovely few days in Figueira, looked after by the marina and the yacht club. Apart from the trip to visit Coimbra and the magnificent Montemor Castle, a highlight was the walking tour of the city guided by Miguel Amorel who is not only Commodore of the yacht club but also head of the Bull Ring and a barber shop, he was so enthusiastic telling us about his city. And we all got a gift of a local product: salt.
There was not a breath of wind at the start. Some had mainsails up, all lined up behind the line ready to shove throttle levers forward on the starting signal.
Sayonara and Mahi headed way off shore and found some wind (though a longer route). We motorsailed with main and staysail and eventually were able to deploy the Yankee on a nice reach and turn off the engine. Only making 4.5knots but it got us to the finish line which we crossed well out as there was no outer limit. Our leisurely finish also gave our yellow shirts and the helpful marina staff a breather after dealing with the mass of boats all arriving at once.