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Stranded in Port

Posted on 9th June 2012 by ewwwebdev There have been 0 comments

Rally Portugal, an annual sail from the UK down the Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal, should have left Plymouth last weekend to head out across the Bay of Biscay. Their first port of call was scheduled for Bayona on the North-West corner of Spain, ending in Lagos in Southern Portugal a week or two later.The event is often viewed as the feeder to the world famous ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) which takes 250 cruising yachts from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria over to St. Lucia in the Caribbean in time for Christmas every year.

For Rally Portugal, cruising the Bay of Biscay in June usually offers stable weather conditions but not so this year, as two low pressure weather systems hampered attempts to head south west, leaving all involved stranded in Plymouth.  A small break in the weather allowed many of the boats to head west to Falmouth, and we were asked if we might host a wine tasting to aleviate cabin fever and the possible onset of scurvy and/or mutiny!

If they had left Plymouth on time the crews would have landed in Bayona about 6 days later, and their reward for making it across Biscay included a tour around Bodegas Terras Gauda, famed for producing possibly the best Albarino in the world!  Unfortunately this visit went out of the window with the weather, but luckily EWW were able to come to the rescue by offering the crews a chance to try Terras Gauda's delicious wines in Falmouth instead.  Crews were also able to taste other bottles from the areas that they would be passing in the next couple of weeks.

We organised a great venue in Falmouth's best restaurant, Indaba on the Beach, where we were treated to a delicious meal after the tasting.  All went down extremely well with many purchasing wine to stow in their bilges and to enjoy whilst the weather continued to control the itinerary.

Keep up to date with Rally Portugal's progress here.


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