Monthly Archives: November 2018

2018 Nov 29, Muros, Spain

Muros is a nice, small old town on the NW coast of Spain. We went into the marina there because the incessant south winds wouldn’t let us get south.  We got in about 23 Nov. Weather was generally cold and rainy. I got some maintenance done on the boat and a little walking around town.The long siesta, from 1 or 2pm to 5pm meant that most of the time I  went out everything was closed. 

They did have a great farmers market on Saturday morning and I got some fresh veg. Nice little town, but late November is not the season I recommend to see it 

We’d been waiting about 10 days for a weather window to leave Muros. Luckily the harbormaster, Pedro was the friendliest, most helpful harbormaster I have ever met. He made the experience much better. Facilities were pretty basic, but everything worked and the rate was great. 14.xx euros per day with an extra discount for staying as long as we did.

2018 Nov 20, Camarinas to Muros, Spain

We have a short window to get a little farther south so grabbing it and heading down to Muros, Spain. 

0800 up anchor and heading out the bay. That’s just before sunrise. Enough light to see any crabpots in our way. 

Jibed off Punta Insua. Now port tack, broad reach (wind off our port quarter) . Wind 15 kts apparent from NNE, cloudy, cold, early rain. Later the wind dropped to 8 kts. Nice, easy sail. More pleasant than most of what has preceded it. We made it into Marina Muros about 1650 .

Punta Insua just south of Camarinas.
Southbound south of Camarinas
Punta Insua, Spain
Punta Insua, Spain
Fishing boat and happy gulls north of Muros

Fishing boat with happy gulls north of Muros, Spain
Our rolly swell breaking on the rocks and shore north of Muros, Spain
Point north of the bay entering Muros
Approach to Muros, Fishing boat passing us and going home. 

Muros, marina and waterfront
Classic barcos, Muros
Classic Barcos, Muros
Classic barcos in Muros
Classic Barcos in Muros

2018 Nov 18, A Coruña to Camariñas

We left Sunday pretty late, about 1300 because there was almost no wind in the morning. Just as we came out of the marina there was a huge Norwegian tallship, the Christian Radich that had been docked nearby. She was heading out to sea. Too bad we didn’t get to see her with all her sails set.  We stopped off for 100L of diesel (€133) at Nautico Deportivo, associated with the RCNC, Real Club Nautico Coruña. It was a little cheaper than the Marina Coruña and nicer marina, closer to town. There was still an annoying surge but by keeping the lines loose it didn’t bother Goldilocks much.

About 1400 we had her filled up and headed out to sea. Light winds to start but that built up pretty soon and we had to roll in the genoa halfway and all the way soon after. That was after we had passed Sisarga Grande, an island that sticks out a bit. After that we could turn more south and were running dead downwind. The winds picked up as did the swell and we had nearly 20-25 gusting 30kts and swell about 4m. They were getting pretty steep and the autopilot could not handle it even before Sisarga Grande. Jean started steering and he did a great job. It’s all about the feel of the boat and getting the rudder over just as the wave starts pushing the stern over, and keeping her perpendicular to the waves.

We surfed down the waves as they passed us and we often exceeded 9kts and even broke 10 once. We must have been averaging 8 kts through much of that time. The water turbine is on a long rope and as the boat speeds up it puts a major twist in the line, then runs at a much higher speed making a strange whirring sound. Jean spent some time looking for the Emperor Penguin that it sounds much like before he figured out where the sound was coming from!

We had been very lucky that the sky was clear and the moon was about 3/4 and shining brightly enough to see the waves pretty well. The wind was forecast to lighten in the late afternoon. It did so about 9pm, just in time since we were approaching some shoals where we needed to be able to maneuver and get off the perpendicular-to-waves course. The waves got a lot less steep after that and steering became easier and the risk of broaching much less, so the timing was perfect. We also slowed down to about 5 kts or less. After passing some fishing boats pitching in the big waves, we passed between shore and a large shoal that had huge breakers on it. The sea we passed through was covered with spindrift from the breakers. It reminded me of why I rarely go into an unknown harbor at night. We motored the last mile or so and dropped the hook just near the small town of Camariñas, cooked some soup and got some much needed sleep. With a well-found boat, good crew and some luck we had a great transit. Tomorrow no wind, so we’ll sit at anchor. Hopefully depart Tuesday for Muros about 39nm further south.

2018 November 16, Brest, France to A Coruña, Spain

We finally made it to Spain!! If we had fair winds we would have gone straight down to Canaries, but as there was a large storm to the west and winds not at all good for getting south, we stopped at a marina in A Coruña.

This is a short description and I expect to fill it in later but I wanted to get some info on here.

I saw whales!! A pod passed us going the other way at about 200m. I guess at least 5 individuals. I saw 3 spouts at one time. Only once did I see a breach, just a back with a prominent dorsal fin. I have not checked to see what kind they are, but offhand maybe Grey or Minke whales. ???

Approaching the coast of Spain.

Not a bad swell but still breaking big on the shore about 2nm away. 

2018 Nov 16, Update: In the Bay of Biscay

by Mikki

Captain Hoy and Jean have made over 120 nm (nautical miles) since last night.  I received a message saying they had pretty rough seas to start and last night it was too calm to sail so they were motoring.  Now appears to be under sail again because of the current speed.  They are well within reach of A Coruna tomorrow, (knock on wood, lol) and will probably make Cape Finisterre just fine if the winds hold.

Rough Seas, NOT Goldilocks. It wasn’t quite this rough.

Goldilocks is on her way!

Hi everyone, I’m Hoy’s sister Mikki and will be hopefully updating you during his trek across the mighty Atlantic.

Goldilocks left port on November 12th (French time) as seen in the graphic below.

The first picture shows his track so far.  As you can see he is having to tack quite a bit so the winds are not ideal.  He states that his goal is to reach Cape Finisterre in Spain, but he will settle for A Coruna.  He appears to be just under halfway. (please note that the time stamp on this post is U.S. pacific time).

Current position for Goldilocks

2018 Nov 6, Brest, Weather is sucky

The prevailing winds seem to be from the SW. Guess which direction I want to go? Of course: the SW. From Brest, France, it’s SSW to Cape Finistere, the NW point of Spain.

This was the wind this afternoon. Pretty typical. Right on the nose.

This is this coming Friday and why there is no point in leaving, but Saturday is looking promising. Not good, but maybe good enough. Knock wood. 🙂


2018 Nov 5, Considering Bay of Biscay and Shipping

While checking weather windows for sailing down to Canaries, the route is very important. I want to stay out the shipping lanes as much as possible. Easier said then done here. Based on MarineTraffic website, where they display vessels with AIS, Automatic Identification System, there is a whole lotta traffic just offshore here, and inshore too. I already got the worst of it around Scillys and especially Ouessant, just before I got to Brest, but there are some very heavy bits still to come. Straights of Gibralter are super busy, but as we can be a little offshore, I think we can mitigate it a little. Still, constant vigilance is required.

Here is the Bay of Biscay.


…and the coast of Spain and Portugal, Straights of Gibraltar, and Morocco:

…and the transatlantic


I know the distances are large, but that is a bloody lot of traffic!

2018 November 4, Lords of the Ocean!

Next to Goldilocks in Marina du Chateau, Brest, there is a boat a little bigger than Goldilocks with a banner on the bow “Lords of the Ocean”. Three men and one woman appear on the graphics and they are planning to follow me to the Caribbean in January with the intent to dive with sharks, and make serious videos of the whole thing, and a movie later. I spoke with Jerome, the Captain. They seem a nice crew. This will be their first transatlantic crossing, but having a definite goal gives a purpose to the preparation. They seem to be getting it all together. I hope I get to see them over in the Caribbean, but their plan is to go nearly straight to Mexico.  I’ll be in the Virgin Islands by then. They intend to dive in the Bahamas, then at some point, Panama Canal and diving in the Pacific.

Later I got a ride to get groceries from Manu (Emanuel left) who was very friendly and helpful. Capitan Jerome on the right. Great guys. Best of luck with your project.

Hoy-Bob says, check it out!

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