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Timshel - Timshel leg 5: Nazare to Oeiras

The hospitable Club Naval da Nazare gave us all a burgee and a lanyard. It was Steves birthday so he got a card from the fleet when he went to check out (also a card and present and tea in bed from me). And the yellow shirts sang Happy Birthday to him as we went through the gate start! No wind so everyone motored on rolling in the swell. After a couple of hours a breath of wind had sails setting and we were able to take some pics of Fisk who was close by. As we rounded the Cabo inside the islands and came onto a run we set our sails wing and wing, but our speed decreased - eta at the finish was now after 2200. Luckily the wind filled in and we had a lovely sail with dolphins playing round the boat - either 2 pods or the same ones twice. Saw reports on the WhatsApp chats of 25-30 knots round headlands from boats ahead so we reefed early, but it was a lively sail along the Barra Norte, reefs in reefs out. Looking ahead on AIS some boats seemed to have mistaken the location of the Finish line and stopped early? Wind had increased again so it was “interesting” motoring about getting fenders ready band waiting for berthing instructions. Although we had a map it seemed our berth didn’t have a number and Alvaro came out in a RIB to direct us. We were sent right down the harbour to a pontoon near the boatyard and slip, miles away from everyone else, not sure what we had done to deserve this splendid isolation? Luckily the marina was able eventually to find us a proper berth and we moved in the morning, in time to receive a delivery of fresh rolls with the boats name on the bag.


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