The Adventures of TooTs

12 Aug 10

Brest to Ria de Cedeira and A Coruna


After 3 days in Brest, we decided to head direct for Spain.  With a reasonable forecast, we cast off at midday on Thursday, 29 July, catching the last of the ebb out of the Gullet de  Brest.















Three days five hours later we anchored in the beautiful anchorage of Ria de Cedeira, Galicia.  For most of the trip we had light winds but did get a squally and wet 25kts plus on the last night.  Chris was chuffed that she wasn't sea sick at any time and she even managed to do some baking on the third day which went down well.  To top it all, the dolphins came to check us out several times a day:-)


We only intended to anchor in Ria de Cedeira for a couple of days but it was such an enchanting place we stayed for 9 days.  The old town, stunning beaches, trails in the tree-lined hills and winding rivers were wonderful.  To celebrate our crossing of the Bay we cracked open the bottle of Moet given by Jim and Frances - Thank you so much J & F.


Arrival Moet Ria de Cedeire

Ria de Cedeire- Moet time

Chris pondering the Biscay crossing

Chris pondering the Bay crossing

The nine days seemed to fly by. Taking the dinghy to shore, filling water cans, walking into town for shopping took up about half the day. The rest of the time we walked the surrounding hills, lazed on the numerous beaches, kayaked up the main river  and talked to the crews of other yachts at anchor.

When we did decide to move, the strong northerly wind that had been blowing the whole time we were in Cedeira had gone.  On went the engine for the trip to A Coruna.  Being another fine day we hugged the shoreline and enjoyed the scenery.    


Coruna has been something of a surprise.  From a distance it looks uninspiring but the reality is a charming city with much to see and do, particularly as the whole of August is fiesta time.  The Marina Coruna is brand new with terrific facilities, the only downside being rolled occasionally by the wash of big boats entering the port.  Most of the yachts visiting the marina are heading south and across the Atlantic. Consequently, there is quite a buzz amongst the various crews.