Sines to Lagos

After a day in Sines we continued south. Again it was light northerly winds. It is early on the season at not many boats on the water. During the day we did see two other boats heading south.

When we rounded Cabo de Sãu Vicente, the sea was calm.  There is another climate, as soon as you come around the cape. You still have northerly winds but it is warmer due to the winds have been warmed up by the landmass.


The characteristic Algarve red/brown cliffs with small sandy beaches in-between, starts already at the cape and go all the way to Lagos.


Around the corner there is several bays for anchoring. We anchored in Ensenada de Sagres. Out came the barbecue and we had a nice steak with res wine to celebrate this milestone in our cruise.

Everything was great until midnight. Then the boat started rolling from side to side as there was a swell came in to the bay. It was difficult to sleep. Two boats left in the middle of night. Our intention was to stay on anchor for some days before we sailed to Lagos. But early in the morning we took up the anchor and headed for Marina Lagos.

We later heard that this swell comes when there are Easterly winds blowing in the Gibraltar Straits.


2 thoughts on “Sines to Lagos

  1. Mr. Vaslav MARKEVITCH, MARCO VINCI RESEARCH, Climate, Mountain skying and ocean sailing specialist, brought up in England in the early Fifties.

    Hello !
    You have just been in an area I know very well. Sagres is v. important. That’s the last continental port Columbus sailed from. Pity you didn’t set a double anchor plus a land line. There’s an exc ellent hotel and some main shop on top of Sagres Hill. With a rented car there’s dozens of interesting places you could viisit just a bit inland, in Monchique region, also possible from Lagos : a 900+ meter Holy Mountain with the purest (also blessed) drinking fountain in Europe, (people flock up there to fill bottles) and a fantastic view of the ocean. I was there and on top of Cabo Sao Vicente on New Year’s Day 2005 ! In Lagos there’s an excellent Chinese restaurant, do not miss !

    Time permitting, perhaps you may be able to help me ? I’m thinking of purchasing an HR on the larger size, with hardtop like yours. But my sailing will not be purely vacational. As a global bio climate scientist, I need to have a live aboard boat sturdy enough to handle polar regions, with growlers and icepack. So far have been unable to get useful data from Rassy & Co in Sweden. So I don’t know :
    1. if the hull is strong enough to bear ice and other flotsam shocks as may be expected ?
    2. if HR caters an alternative (aluminium or Strongall * (French specialty build) ?
    3. if HR has a center-board rising keel system for shallow waters and grounding ?
    4.if the hard top (such as you have) can be totally enclosed for cold season sailing ?
    5. if alternately, an interior (joy stick and video to outside view and sails) steering station can be installed ?
    6, is there a two masted schooner or ketch version available ?
    Other Qs :
    a. are you satisfied with single mast sloop rigging ?
    b. does the boat react ok despite its (probably considerable) weight ?

    Of all boats available for long distance without refuelling, MRO and food stops etc. that I have examined, the interior layouts of the HRs from your size up to 64″, are the best and only ones under sails for my type of mission. There are two specialized French builders, Alubat (aluminium with centerboards, and META (the inventors and holders of Strongall* Patent), which have an impressive list of successful Round the World and Polar units built and well proven.

    The drawback is that Alubat’s interiors are not as good as HR’s, and META does not cater for interiors at all, but works with different designers. My Question not yet answered is : would HR be able to build one of their inetriors (as mentioned above) into a META Strongall* hull ? If you give a separate Email addres, I can email you photos of some of their impressive hulls.

    Otherwise, I will have to resort to a two engined second hand diesel motor yacht. In both cases self sustaining autonomy and full automation of most sail settings are mandatory.

    Last but not least for your curiosity: 2 of my ancestors were sailors and explorers:
    1. Baron Constantin von Wulffert from Sweden and Finland, co-discovered Kamchatka Peninsula, Bering Strait and Alaska, as an ship’s officer in Peter the Great’s exploratory flottilla headed by the Dane Vitus Bering. 2. Hungarian Count Alexander Beniovsky discovered and “donated” Madagascar and other Indian Ocean islands (including Seychelles and Mauritius) to King Louis XVth of France. He was killed defending Mauritius when the British took it in mid XVIIIth century.

    My professional necessity aims principally towards North and South Polar Round the Globe missions, with few or no organized harbours on the way, barring the Shetlands, Faroes, Reykjavik, Svalbard, Thule, Dickson, Nome, Anchorage, in the North, and Easter Island, Puerto Williams, the Falklands, South Georgia, Vostok and New Zealand, just to name principal ones.

    Hope we meet some day ? I live in the middle of vineyards in Tuscany, 2hrs. away from Adriatic on one side and about the same from closest port of call opposite the island of Elba, at Castiglione della Pescaia, a well endowed river port.
    All the best,


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  2. Roland Post author

    Hi Vaslav,

    Wow thank for all the information! I have actually been up in Glacier Bay, Alaska with a Hallberg-Rassy 42F some years ago. We had som encounters with Ice. I will get back to you in a separate email. Today we went out to the Cape as you suggested. Tomorrow we will explore the Monchique region.




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