We received sad but not unexpected news from my dad last night. My mother really left us in the spring due to illness and never returned home again but she passed away peacefully on Friday evening just 4 days before her birthday, so we will be returning to the UK. Whether this will be from Lisbon, Madeira or one of the Canary Islands depends on the weather and funeral arrangements.
Due to this we moved into the marina this morning and were pleasantly surprised by the cost of 54 euros despite it being high season still. The berth was quite small though as in the pilot book it says boats of our size use the larger basin but we squeezed in with help from ‘Ellisa’ who were also previously berthed in Haslar Marina and doing the ARC. The reception pontoon under the marina office is huge, with the fuel pontoon adjacent, so we filled up whilst there to save time later and allow us to leave early or late if necessary. The pumps are self-service diesel and unleaded and you just pay at the shop nearby, cash or card. You need electronic cards to access the pontoons and showers, requiring a 25 euro deposit each.
There is Wi-Fi but it is quite slow and Rob has found several bars on site and we will test their connection over lunch. Blisteringly hot too and have decided to visit Lisbon tomorrow as early as possible to avoid the heat. The weather isn’t great to leave until Tuesday and last night was really windy with gusts over 35 knots in the anchorage. Stayed put with the spade though, thankfully.
Meanwhile we are in touch with dad in case there is anything we can do but having only just returned from 3 weeks in Surrey clearing their house, he is keen we move the boat on and says there is little we can do at the moment. It is hard being away though at a time like this, no matter what.