Sea, Friends and Family
Margarida spent the winter from 2013 to 2014 in the BurrianaNova Marina near Valencia! Jaime, Cecilia, Ester and Rafaela, came from El Salvador and from Brasil to visit us during Christmas/New Year. We went to Burriana and since the boat was in the water, we sailed a bit to "matar saudades"! In May we went to Ibiza! We met there Alípio, Gil and Dilmar from the Brazilian sailboat "Bar a Vento". We returned to Ibiza after a small stay in Espinho. This time Anuska came to visit us. We had very bad experiences with the football (world cup) and with the wind (Santo Antoni). Dilmar and Joaquim Mota joined us until Torrevieja. Then was the time for Ana Beltrão. Joaquim Mota and Cristina payed us a visit in Sancti Petri. Zé Simões and Maria Odete eat some mussels aboard Margarida, in Punta Umbria. Ana left us in Faro. Joana, Mario and Margarida (my granddaughter) met us in Lagos and we spent beautiful days in Culatra. Me and Mario sailed from Lagos to Figueira da Foz where we received the visit of Tozé, Zimi, Ana and Mané. The whole story ended in Rio Douro where Margarida spent the winter 2014/2015!
In 2015 we go to Greece!
Margarida spent the winter from 2014 to 2015 in Porto, Portugal. Specifically in Marina do Douro. It was good because the boat was about 15 km from our house. It was an opportunity to make some improvements on Margarida, as the application of teak in the cockpit floor as described elsewhere in this site. We had come to Portugal because of the official inspection that occurs every 5 years. The year of 2014 was spent in the South Coast of Spain and in the Balearic Islands. In 2013 we sailed the Adriatic and the Greek Ionian. And we wanted to return to Greece as soon as possible! While in Portugal we made this film using takes from our previous voyages! I like it very much! By the way - you will see a legend saying "Nous sommes Grecs" in the beginning of the film. I wrote that because, on that year, Portuguese politics repeated, over and over again, "Portugal is not like Greece" meaning that the financial problems of Portugal were different from those of Greece. I did not like that! If Europe is a Union, then the problems of one member are problems of all! I regret that line of argument followed by the government of my country!