A Coruna, Ria de Corme y Laxe, Ria de Camarinas, Ria de Muros
We could easily have stayed in Coruna for longer as it was a magnificent city, with much to see and do, but we decided to get round Cape Finisterre and into the Rias Baixis.
We wanted to get to Camarinas for the first leg to the Cape, but with no of wind we turned into Laxe after motoring 35 miles instead of the 45 to Camarinas.
Three other yachts joined us in the anchorage at Laxe for the night By morning the wind had returned but naturally enough it was on the nose. As Camarinas was only about 15 miles in a direct line we left Laxe prepared for a day of beating to windward - which was exactly what we got. The long, big Atlantic swell was comfortable to sail into, even with the steady 20 knts - but it was long day. Arriving at Camarinas harbour we found a crowded anchorage so elected to anchor off one of the beaches as the wind had dropped and turned to the north.
The weather forecast for the next 3 days was not good which made the decision to stay in Camarinas an easy one. Taking the dinghy ashore, we walked into the main part of town and found a show of traditional embroidery. The 'clickety-clack' of the wooden bobbins was an extraordinary sound as around 40 women sat totally engrossed in their embroidery: a fascinating sight.
Camarinas traditional embroidery
After spending an hour or so watching the emroidery, we had a coffee at the Camarinas marina, taking advantage of the wifi. The anchorage off the marina was now empty so we decided to move Toots into the more sheltered anhorage the following morning.
Just as well, as we then had a constant 30knts for about 9 hours which made for a tiring night and day at anchor.
We took the next lull in the weather to get round Cape Finisterre. In the calm weather, we were able to go past the Cape at close quarters.
Interestingly, we intended to take the inshore passage which involves going inside some shoals but as we approached a Galician Lifeboat came out of the bay and 'ushered' us outside the shallows. We had the VHF on in case they wanted to call us. There was no call but we accepted their encouragement to go outside. Although sure the inside passage would have been fine we appreciated their interest and duly took the deep water route. We felt like a duckling being put back into line. Cape Finisterre looked wonderful.
Once past the Cape, the wind woke up, giving us a very pleasant reach into Ria de Muros. We anchored outside Portosin harbour for the night, just off a lovely beach. First thing in the morning we moved into the marina. And what a great marina: friendly, superb facilities, close to beaches and easy access for provisions.