The Bay of Biscay

After 24 hours run down the Channel we rounded the headland at L’Oeusant (or Ushant as we call it!) and down into the Bay of Biscay which has a fearsome reputation for rough crossings – especially at this time of year. However, the weather gods were with us even though it was Force 7 – Gale 8 (really windy) it remained off our aft quarter (behind us ish) which meant an we continued the downwind blast under headsail only for another 24 hours.

We put up the mainsail with a reef in it (this means we don’t pull it all up) when we rounded Cape Finisterre and then took this out when the wind dropped further about 6 hours before arriving at our destination.

A whole day of dolphins (dolphin wednesday) topped the trip off. We safely arrived in Baiona at 0455 UK time Thursday morning being beaten by The Great Escape – a mere 40 mins ahead of us.

Some admin, sleep and a nice meal ashore tonight will set us all up for the next week long leg at sea to Las Palmas in the Canaries

5 thoughts on “The Bay of Biscay

  1. Hey Huw & Bernice!!

    Sorry I haven’t been in touch before now. No excuse I know, but we have had yet another busy summer. Wishing you guys a safe trip and looking forward to reading all about it. Remember you are more than welcome in sunny Spain if you are passing on your travels!!
    Take care and lots of love

    Suz, Gordie & the gang xx

  2. Hi Huw & Bernice,
    Fantastic, fantastic! Great adventure & opportunity, which I guess beats working for a while..! Sail safe, watch out for pirates / oil spills / the Bemuda Triangle / whatever. I’ll keep checking on your progress.
    best r
    Martin

  3. Wow guys – you are really living the dream now!! I love that piccie B – awesome.
    So – got a distinction for my last assignment, how’s about that then?!
    Missing you guys xx

  4. Hi Bernice and Huw

    It sounds wonderful so far, looking forward to reading much more over the coming weeks and months

    Emily xxx

  5. Hope the journey to Las Palmas is fantastic.
    Blessings and love from us two in Carlux (far away from the sea!) 🙂

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