Since we bought Askari crossing Biscay has been on our mind, the forecast was for good winds from the north on Sunday and then easing with low swell and seriously hot - so we decided we'd take that rather than wait for better winds given the chance that the swell would pick up and that was our major concern - the water depth shelves from 4000 metres to 100 in 30 miles (Australian's think Bass Straight).
In Biscay the weather is determined by where the 'Azores High' sits in relation to low pressure over Spain, so variations are also common so having a good forecast and a shortish crossing was good. We set a course for Gijon, 260 miles, with longer and shorter options in mind.
As it happened the wind was pretty fickle and we tried to coax it into playing with us. We had many different sail configurations during the day on Sunday, but the only answer was motor sail in the end all day on Tuesday. We had a great and relaxing crossing, a warm night with few ships, lots of dolphins, a whale and even a turtle pass by. We arrived at 8.30pm on Monday evening but it being Spain still managed to get Askari checked in, have a shower and then go out for dinner.
|Sailing out into Biscay past Ile D'Oleron|
|Poled out in Biscay|
|Is this really Biscay??|
|Sunset Cruise in Biscay|
|Happy for a warm night watch|
|Sunset in Biscay|
|Monday - motor sailing in Biscay|
|Spanish Coast with the Pico's behind - there was snow but it was shrouded in mist!|
Our new home for a few days - Gijon, we can't pronounce it but are going to explore the Pico's and eat alot of tapas!