We arrived here over a week ago now. Bayona sits in front of forested hills that seem to regularly catch fire! Since we have been here we have seen two. The way they fight them is with sea planes and helicopters that drop into the bay to scoop up water from the bay, then fly off and dump their loads on the fire…..very impressive to watch.

Seaplane scooping up water. Especially for you Carlos

Seaplane scooping up water. Especially for you Carlos

Luckily the wind has been blowing away from the town!
We came into the bay and decided to stay at the Mont-Real Club Nautica de Yates marina, so that we could have a safe mailing address for parts and post to be sent to. Initially we thought we would stay two or three days, but the shock of paying €57 for one night meant that we came into the bay to anchor.
We have had many forays into the old town for refreshment!…..it is buzzing with bars, cafés and restaurants and an ideal place for ‘people watching’.

So many cafes and bars

So many cafes and bars

We also did a tourist day and visited the replica of Columbus’ Pinta

Land ahoy. Such a small boat to carry 26 crew and all their food and water to America!

Land ahoy. Such a small boat to carry 26 crew and all their food and water to America!

and walked around the walls of the very impressive fort that sits at the entrance of the bay, right above the marina.

Arty shot of the Fort

Arty shot of the Fort

We have been catching up with jobs while we’re here. Our boat log and temperature unit hasn’t been working properly since we got the boat. We can trick it into working by flipping the switch on and off a few times, but some days it refuses to play at all…so we decided to sort it out.
After asking at the chandlery if there was a local electronics wizard (using google translate!) …. a quick phone call was made and it was arranged for us to be met at the gate in 5 minutes by ‘a man with glasses’. Amazing service, especially as it was nearly 10 o’clock at night! After another hour of Google translate, we were promised a return visit at 10 in the morning for a test of the transducer cable. It failed the test so we had to spent a rewarding day running the new cable the length of the boat, squeezing into gaps and mousing it through tubes and cable bundles and up into the back of the display panel.

Every job seems to entail turning the boat upside down

Every job seems to entail turning the boat upside down

It now works, but we haven’t been anywhere since we fitted it.
The other major job has been fixing the anchor windlass. The new motor arrived at the marina and having painted it and the gearbox, to protect them from the salt and damp, we got it into place only to be thwarted by a bent serclip that wouldn’t let us get the gearbox onto the winch shaft. After visiting every likely shop and workshop in Bayona to find a new one, we returned empty handed. As a last resort we decided to phone the guy in Mallorca who had sent us the motor.
His solution?…… Hit it with a hammer!!….
We now have a working windlass, painted and protected from the harsh foredeck locker environment and a hole in the deck that is boarded up and sealed.
We were concerned that being at anchor may not be as a sociable as being in a marina…..no need to have worried. We have met with all the other yachts around us and either been to them for drinks or they’ve been to us.
We are all on the same route down to the Canaries, the Cape Verdes and on to Barbados. We met a young couple, Dan and Charlotte, who have built their own boat with a double masted junk rig, a Swedish couple, Magnus and Sara on a Cigale 14, who have given up their jobs for three years, Mike and Kate on a Bowman 42, who are living aboard and Margaret and Roger, who dropped by to join us while they waited for their Bimini steelwork to be fabricated in Vigo.
We are building a floating neighbourhood!

With our 'anchor neighbours' for Mike's 61st

With our ‘anchor neighbours’ for Mike’s 61st

The latest good news is that Tash and family are visiting us in the Canaries over half term and that we will now be sailing from the Canaries with a full crew….. Jenni and Dan will be joining us for a family adventure across the Atlantic. So Haywards to the Windwards R Us!

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  1. Tash & family are very very excited about the upcoming adventures! :-)

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