Leaving La Coroña we set sails early in the morning with a plan of sailing all the way to Porto.
As usual that didn't work out the way we planned.
As the weather forecast was getting worse in a few days we tried to sail as long as we could down the coast of Portugal. The plan was all the way to Porto, but that didn't work out. We got very little wind and thick fog made it really scary because of fishing equipment everywhere.
Late at night we were so tired that we started looking at the map for a port that we could enter for the night. We set our sight at Viana do Castelo a bit north of Porto.
Sailing towards the harbour entrance the fog were so thick we saw about 50 meter in front of the boat. The wind we missed during the day had of course settled right outside the harbour entrance and we had to fight 32 knots wind on motor with almost no visibility.
Luckily the wind died down as soon as we came inside the harbour but by then it was dark.
30 minutes on motor from the entrance we found the marina. This marina has a swing bridge that has to be opened for sailboats to enter the marina. We got quite stressed as the marina did not answer our calls of VHF or phone. As usual our good karma helped us again. The harbourmaster had seen the lights on our mast and was waving from a pontoon right outside the marina. This night the current was so strong that he did not dare to open the swing bridge to let us through the opening as this would most likely end badly as the current were 3-4 knots sideways across the narrow opening. He helped us moor on the pontoon outside the marina fighting the strong current doing so. Everything went well and we could finally breathe after a really scary entrance to the city.
We had one glass of wine on the marina pub and went straight to bed falling asleep in less than 10 seconds.