We did our "due diligence" on weather checks and it did not look great - but it did look about as good as it gets for this time of year. 15 kt winds, and...errrr 3-4m seas?
I guess it was around 5pm after we had fuelled up and cast off the lines. Exiting the pass,waves were big, but organized and Midnight Sun III rode up them quite happily and ran down the other sides. While the waves were big, it was smooth. So big waves were not bad at all.
Marina - Ria Ribadeo
As daylight boke, we were about 3 miles offshore. Really not enough for "comfort", but I had found that there actually was a little more "comfort" in terms of pounding by keeping closer to shore. As we approached the entrance to 'A Coruna, the waves started to organize somewhat more, and although they built in height, they were predictable. I think its fair to say without exaggeration, these were the largest waves I have sailed in. They had to be 20+ ft. Put it this way, when we were in a trough, a wave ahead of me obscured mountains on the shore. And at one point, we had a 450 ft tanker, about a half mile ahead of us, and again, I could only see it when we were on a wave crest.. of course, no photos, but they would not have done justice - and I had white knuckles holding the wheel.
I steered and Larry watched for traffic. We played chicken at one point with the 450 ft tanker - not by choice. He did a 360 degree circle waiting for his escort, and was escorted in by a convoy of tugs. We followed as waves started to break onshore in a spectacular, but scary display of the power of nature.
But, we made it in and are now docked at a great marina in the heart of downtown A Coruna. The town is a lot larger than I anticipated, and seems delightful, with friendly locals and great bars- - yes, what would you expect after a day and night like that!!........multiple bar visits before I crash in about 5 minutes! Here's a few shots of town......goodnight for now!
|Town Square - A Coruna|
|Downtown A Coruna|
|A Coruna - near harbor|
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