Sailing Long Distances

Cascais – Lisbon

4.6 degrees Celsius outside temperature at half-past seven. We cast off for Cascais, 67 miles further south. We didn’t care about the Arctic temperatures, we only wanted to go south, into the warmth. 1.3 million engine revolutions later we docked in the last shooting light in Cascais. The temperatures were around 15 degrees. Two dock masters in an inflatable led us like boy scouts through the pitch-black night to a pontoon somewhere deep in the marina. I navigated Athene in the berth. The two did almost all the other work with the mooring lines. A handshake, welcome in Cascais, and they were gone. It makes a difference to sail to a luxurious marina.
The first day we did precisely nothing; sat in the cockpit, enjoyed breakfast, talked to neighbors, strolled around in the marina. Sunshine! Warmth! 24 degrees in the marina. Unbelievable …Read More