On Sunday we departed from Combarro to Sanxenxo. The wind was perfect 12 to 14 knots from the west and we immediately hoisted the sails. At the end of the bay of Pontevedra the wind was directly from the nose and we made a couple of tacks for getting out from the narrow end of the ría. As soon as the bay of Pontevedra got wider the wind turned north and we sailed on one long tack to Sanxenxo. The distance from Combarro to Sanxenxo was a short Sunday sail of 11 nautical miles.
In Sanxenxo we moored Suwena alongside the visitor’s pontoon and took refreshing afternoon nap for finishing off the celebrations of midsummer solstice. When we woke up and started making afternoon coffee, we noticed that next to us has appeared 48-meter-long Valoria B. While we were still trying to get our eyes open, two brisk sailors emerged from the yacht and laid out the red carpet with an armrest chair and a wooden shoe box. As soon as disembarking guests had their shoes on and started stepping away on the pontoon, the same sailors ran quickly to get the belongings back onboard. While the coffee was brewing Andrus was smirking that “Suwena’s skipper is not getting such a service from deck boss… yet”.
Valoria B was a brand new yacht in the summer of 2018 and its pleased owner was waiving to his guests from the top deck. While we were later chatting to our Galician friends that we were proudly mooring Suwena next to the yacht of the owner of Inditex, they replied that this was his smaller yacht. Bigger one is sailing in the Mediterranean. This Galician fashion mogul is the owner of many fast fashion brands like Zara, Bershka and many other familiar brands from almost every shopping mall anywhere.
Daily quiz: What is common on the 48-meter-long Valoria B and 14.5-meter Suwena?
Answer: The masts’ tops of both the yachts reach to the same height 🙂
Sanxenxo turned out to be vivid tourist town. The holidaymakers were everywhere. To us Sanxenxo felt like posh trendy holiday resort and now having been sailed all over Galicia this was the only place we got this feeling. Actually, Galicians have nickname for Sanxenxo, The beach of Madrid 🙂
We have also been waiting for some time to get into decent chandlery and in Sanxenxo there were several. Nevertheless, whatever parts we inquired, we always got firm “no” for an answer. There was no other option than to leave and order our bits and pieces online shipped directly into our wintering marina. It seemed that the chandleries were busy selling latest fashion sailing gear to Madridians.
In the evening we had another long walk around Sanxenxo and we quickly decided to leave early next morning. Our next destination is one bay north, the ría de Arousa.