Date: Sunday 29 August 2021
Position: 42° 46.575’ N 9° 3.329’ W
Location: Muros, Spain
Distance Sailed during the week: 91 NM
Distance Sailed total: 1914 NM
Weather: , 25°
Most popular on the menu: Meatballs, potatoes and sausage
Animals spotted: dolphins, starfish, crabs
Comment of the week: “It’s right here beside us, a dolphin!”
We really enjoyed staying in A Coruna. After crossing the Bay of Biscay it was nice to stay in the marina for a week, having school every day after breakfast, exploring the city, eating att different tapas restaurants, doing maintenance work on the boat and some shopping (for the boat). Luckily many of our sailing friends were there at the same time, so we spent a lot of time with our friends, and the kids are having so much fun with all their friends.
We heard from other sailors that it was easy to do a one day trip to Santiago De Compostela by train, so we decided to do that as well. Santiago De Compostela, such a beautiful city with a magnificent cathedral. It also resulted in two days of religion on the school schedule for the kids, one of the great benefits of seeing so much.
We did the ARC virtual security inspection, and it went very well. We only need to show the extra food and water for the liferaft in a packed grab bag and the extra crew’s PFD with AIS MOB device when we arrive in Las Palmas. A big relief to know that the boat is ready for the coming crossing.
After one week we are ready to explore more of Spain and Galicia. First stop Camarinas and then Muros. And we loved Muros. So one night in Muros, which was the original plan, became three nights.
Meeting Muros own dolphin, Confi ! This week’s most exciting, and perhaps the most frightening(!), experience was when Axel and Alma were stand up paddeling. Suddenly the dolphin came and started to play with them. He followed them the whole way back to the boat and was swimming just under the SUP slightly pushing the SUP. It was both very exciting, being so near, but also a little bit frightening. What could have happened, it’s a big animal?! We knew that there were dolphins in the area, as we had a dolphin around the boat the whole way into the marina and also in the marina, entering the dock. But we had no idea that the dolphin was so curious! No more paddling on the SUP in Muros. The dolphin was very friendly, but 300 kg of muscles is something you should be respectful of. Even the local divers avoid being in the water when the dolphin is around.
We feel like we have found our routine, with school starting, shopping at local markets, laundromats and general exploring of the different cultures. And off course general maintenance on the boat.
Written by Susanna Edholm, edited by Hanna Ericksson