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Ayamonte

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  • Day181

    Ayamonte

    October 13, 2017 in Spain

    OK so yes we stayed a long time anchored near Olhoa and although it was peaceful and free the reason we stayed was my toothache. It had been getting worse so on the Monday I chose a surgery and made an appointment sadly I needed root canal work but the abscess needed treatment first. After a couple of tries we established that as I wasn't going home in the next 2weeks I would need treatment locally so I decided there was as good as anywhere and signed up. So after four different painful appointments it was all done and on Friday morning we could leave. I would like to go back and explore again when not in pain as would be lovely to kayak around and see a little more. We did on an appointment free day take dinghy around the visible bit of the lagoon and watch a large cargo ship nearly run over a bunch of sailing dinghies, there was a lot of horn blowing. On the same day we also went across the island and did a little bit of wave jumping and falling over in the Atlantic surf. That's when John lost his watch and I found the lovely shells.
    Like I said we left Friday morning and headed for the Rio Guadiana on the Portuguese/Spanish border, we had hoped to go to Tavira but they are doing work on the Marina at the moment so we were advised to avoid it. The day was calm and sunny but we had to be about 3miles off to avoid shoals and fish farms but there wasn't a lot to see anyway
    Ayamonte Marina is on the Spanish side of the river and almost empty as they put up their prices a few years ago and locals haven't forgiven them yet, but it was clean and secure with a number of foreign boats including some Brits so we had a natter as you do. We decided that evening to join in the Spanish trend and go walking around town on a Friday evening though on reflection we didn't really dress up enough. We were also surprised at the number of Irish people that were around, there must have been a big time share drive at some point. On Saturday we wandered around a bit more and then took the ferry to Portugal, Vila Real de Santo Antonio where there was a market, not fruit and veg but pottery, scarves, jewellery, slippers leather goods, the Portuguese town was very different to the Spanish which was small narrow streets, it was grid iron with wide cobbled promenades lots of plazas and everyone and their mates was out and about but not as much English being spoken. We managed to buy john a new watch, which is still working!
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  • Day187

    Isla de Canela

    October 19, 2017 in Spain

    Well we had some interesting moments while on the River Guardiana, that first afternoon there was 1british yacht a Moody that was swinging around a heck of a lot and it turned was dragging his anchor around, he bumped a wooden boat in front a couple of times and was then out in the middle of the channel with anchor down and engine going, not sure what he was up to then. After about an hour he motored up river anchor still down and faffed for another hour before settling. That evening on the low tide we saw a lot more birds and some other fish possibly trout trying to breathe air jumping repeatedly out the water. After a quiet night the next morning we rowed to the towns and walked up to the 2castles but they were closed, views from Spanish side, which was a lot higher were very good, then coffee and as tide had turned we rowed back for lunch then launched kayaks to go upriver with the tide, we scrumped some apples and pomegranates. John has not deseeded a pomegranate before! When we got back to the boat the wind had picked up and the wind with the tide appeared to have caused us to drag our anchor but it had re secured. We moved back to our original spot for the evening and the wind died away.
    There was a little rain but not much over night and next day we spent doing boat stuff I was sanding and varnishing John replaced a load of deck plugs that evening we headed to a place called the beach bar where we had been told people gathered on a Tuesday evening. It was a little odd with imported white sand on a bend on a stream that was damned to keep tide up but very nice for a coffee and a beer only problem was the return boat journey we had to do in the dark as we hadn't thought to bring a torch nor had we put on the boats anchor light, but we made it ok.
    Early the following morning I woke with a start I could the anchor dragging quick up and on deck but no we were where we were supposed to be so what was the noise, then I noticed behind us and still heading down river the same British yacht that had been dragging before, am just glad he missed us and our anchor on his way past. There was a torch light but no noise of an engine we couldn't understand what he was doing? The next morning we could still see him he had stopped drifting just a little further down having miraculously missed everyone on his impromptu journey.
    We headed off back down towards the coast we saw a lot more birds waders as it was a falling tide and stopped off at a disused pontoon by a golf resort, we had a little mooch on shore but couldn't get far. GNR aka guns and roses or the Portuguese marine police visited us but all was good they loitered on the pontoon for about 2hours which was disconcerting but OK. Wonderfully quiet night with almost 12hours sleep and in the morning there were cows, cattle egrets, spoonbills, herons, plovers, terns and more only metres from the boat. We left on the low tide not realising just how low it was there was 1foot under the keel as we came off the pontoon, and headed only a short distance along the coast to a marina village so we could shop wash recharge etc before continuing on tomorrow.
    First three photos are of our anchorage last night four and five are of what we think was a practice for a fuel spill which was happening as we came down the river and 6 is what the plotter was showing us as we came down apparently we were on dry land.
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  • Day4

    Place de la Laguna

    July 2, 2017 in Spain

    Wunderschöner Platz in Ayamonte. Rings herum Palmen und viele Cafés und Restaurants. An Sonntagen ist hier nicht viel los, dafür ist es in der Woche ein beliebter Treffpunkt für Einheimische und Touristen.

  • Day13

    JetSkiDream Isla Canela

    July 11, 2017 in Spain

    Hier kann man eine sehr schöne Tour durch die Seitenarme des Guadiana genießen. Wir sind eine Stunde auf nahezu nagelneuen Jetskis herumgefahren und hatten viel Spaß. Zudem war die Betreuung vor Ort wirklich sehr nett und zuvorkommend.

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