Portosin is a fishing village. The previous night all the fishing boats were dressed with flags and there had been massive fireworks. When we arrived the town was suffering from a collective hangover. Nevertheless fish at the local restaurant was very good. The proprietor brings the uncooked fish out for you to inspect before deciding. We sat next to a load of crabs and lobsters on death row in their tank. They did not look very happy about the situation.
|Peacefulness and gold, historically incompatible|
We managed to switch our gas supply to Spanish camping gas with the aid of a new adaptor, a bit of a struggle linguistically in the hardware shop and sailed across the Bay to Muros where we anchored in black mud and deployed our new SwissTec tripping line as there were rumoured to be underground cables. Going ashore in the dinghy we developed a leak and glued another patch on which worked -Hurrah ! Sending our malfunctioning chart plotter back to Plymouth was the event of the week in the sleepy post office with three different forms. One hour later we emerged. No wonder the economy is in trouble. We will hopefully pick up the replacement from Lagos marina where they will kindly hold onto it.
|A view from our berth in Portosin|
|Muros, a view whilst at anchor|
From Muros we spent two days motoring and sailing down the Rias via Porto San Vicente to Baiona in its spectacular Bay. The fishing rod and trolling line was deployed and to everyone's great excitement we hooked a fish. It was a vicious looking beastie with as Colin put it a long and " very sharp beak". It didn't look very edible so we put it back. James looked it up on his i phone and we discovered it was a needle fish described as the most loathsome fish imaginable. They have killed one or two people by stabbing them as they leap out of the water. Things went quiet after that so we have started a competition to see how many original excuses we can come up with as to why the fish are not biting.
|San Vincente del Mar, Mother and child await anxiously|
|The strain tells on both the rod and the skipper|