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Sunday, August 16, 2015

All for the sake of grilled squid

Cascais to Sines

At 8:00 a.m. - after a good night's sleep in the bay of Cascais - I raised anchor, motored out, raised all sail, shut down the engine and sailed south.

Sort of. I always get fooled by the false morning breeze near most harbors. After a coupe of hours of motor-sailing and slow sailing, I finally got a good northwest breeze and sailed all the way to Sines. 

David, although he got up later, had already motored by me in his Bavaria 32. David doesn't really sail his boat. He motors in all conditions: a) if there's not much wind, he needs to motor, obviously; b) if the wind is right, he unfurls the genoa but continues to motor to go faster; c) if the wind is too strong, he furls in the genoa and motors to keep it comfortable. Also, his puny in-mast furling main sail is useless, and I don't think he's used it in years.

[I lied twice in the last paragraph. On looking for a picture of his boat (I didn't take one during the trip), I found a picture from last year showing him using the main sail in a regatta and, of course, nort running the engine.]

Sailing from Cascais
The trip of about 55 nautical miles
I arrived in Sines at about 7 pm and anchored. The government-run marina only costs about 18 euros per night but I couldn't be bothered with the docking lines, fenders and checking in. I took a sponge bath, met David in town and went for dinner in the old part of town where I had a delicious dish of grilled squid.

Anchoring in Sines
Jakatar in the center, taken on the way to dinner.


  1. One thing about in-mast mains is that they are so easy to deploy and furl back in. I use mine all the time even for motoring in 5knts for stabilizing the roll.
    Man, if you are solo, breaking out fenders and dock lines for docking (let alone docking) is way to much work compared to just launching a dinghy. Plus you can take a dip in the sea to remove the days grid. Plus, it's so much quieter! Screw marinas... lug a jug!
    It's really nice to see you again on ze water!

  2. As I wrote in a previous post, last year I delivered David's boat solo from the Algarve to Peniche. I was tempted to use the furling main but, never having used it, I left it alone a little nervous of getting it all screwed up...bunched up in the mast, or half-way in the mast. But you're right, the main is great for stabilizing the boat and usually gives you a tiny bit more speed, sometimes up to 1 knot if the wind is not right on the nose.
    Docking solo is a pain, so is undocking. At 6 am, on leaving the marina there's a shiny € 500,000 boat beside you and the prop walk starts to drive the anchor, like buffalo horns, toward the glossy-white gel-coat. Naked heavy boat, no bowthruster = docking stress.