Hi! Sorry about the recent radio silence but a lot going on aboard Hazel James and coordinating internet connectivity with my availability to write has been a bit of a challenge.
From a sailing perspective, we are on the move again! After 11 nights in the Oeiras Marina on the River Tagus (between Lisbon and the Atlantic), we set sail on July 19 and sailed to the Portuguese coastal town of Sines (the birthplace of Vasco da Gama). We then sailed around Cabo de Sao Vicente (Cape St. Vincent), the “chin” of the “face” of Portugal and Spain’s Iberian Peninsula, and anchored off the town of Sagres. From there a short sail to the summer holiday town of Lagos on Portugal’s southern Algarve region. After several nights in Lagos we did a 30-hour sail across the Golfo de Cadiz to Barbate (bar BAT eh). We’ll be departing Barbate in a few minutes on a 35-mile sail to Gibraltar. I think there some contrary winds will pin us down long enough we can make some proper blog updates.
As always our track is visible on the HJ Sailing home page.
That’s almost all for now…
You may be asking yourself, So, just what are the “forever implications” of all this sailing? The answer to that is simple, while we were in Lisbon, I asked Rhett if she would marry me!
If you’re wondering what her answer was (or why it took her so long to decide), I’d be happy to tell you now, but I’ve got to go a ready Hazel for sailing. Besides, I just love ending a post on a cliffhanger 😉