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26.05.01 Gibraltar- Barbate de Franco With a good southeasterly making use of tide and current it took us only 9 hours. We would have liked to go further on but the Levante got stronger and stronger, so it seemed a good idea to have another break. Break??? How wrong! There is always work on a boat. Shortly after leaving Gib one of the fuel hoses started leaking heavily, at sea there was only an emergency repair. To get proper replacement was more difficult than we thought. Luckily there was a good pub right in the harbour where the Cerveza was cheap, plenty and cold. That calmed us down.

31.05.01- 01.06.01 Barbate de Franco- Vilamoura Less Levante in the end.What a chance to go through to Portugal in one go. Even if it means a 20 hour trip.

Passing the famous Cape Trafalgar with its beautiful lighthouse the wind became less and less. A wonderful mediterranean night full of stars under engine. No more Wellies and oilies. The only problem as usual were miles of tunnynets stretching from the coast and the notorious fisherman with unidentifiable lights and ever changing courses.

Early afternoon saw us moored in Vilamoura. What a contrast. Portugals largest marina with almost 1000 berths surrounded by restaurants, fancy boutiques, flashy hotels and plenty of nightlife. Lots of people( mainly British) hanging around, partying or just showing off Latin style.

No wind and a 100 Fahrenheit. Even the fish start sweating.They rush around at the surface desperate for oxygen.

And the jobs to do list never ends.

The spreaders tried to ruin our brandnew main. Whether padding might help???

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