After Christmas we left Sines and headed to Portimao. Good winds down to Sagres died completely after we turned the former so anchored overnight. After starting the engine the overheat alarm went off so we drifted into anchor. That night I replaced the water pump impellor and we were good to go. The next day there was no wind so we motored into Portimao in flat calm seas.
Portimao is where Nelly leaves Lady Cindy😔 she will be ashore for a while working on a beautiful 3 masted cruiser that is in for maintenance. Nelly will help with painting etc. to get it ready for it’s next leg around the world. She has been a great help in what have been difficult sailing conditions from Santander to here. I wish her all the best for her onward adventures, she will always be welcome back in the future but maybe not in such rough seas 🤢🤣
After 2 nights in Portimao, Dotty and I set sail for Gibraltar, via Cadiz. Sailing so far has been with good wind strength and calm seas but with the wind more Easterly than forecast, talking back and forth is slowing progress. We have just passed Faro and are on a Southerly tack. At this rate we should reach Cadiz late tonight.