After our maritimes adventures, the stop in A Coruña is more than welcome ! Showers, rest and groceries keep us busy the first day. We benefit from the harbour office WiFi to send our videos to our videast partner Olivier La Combe (http://www.echoesprod.com/) who produces the first movie of our trip :
We are welcomed to visit the first lab of our trip at Coruña’s Domus. The Bricolab (http://bricolabs.cc) is hosted at the Galician museum of natural history ! The hackerspace community is very kind to us, and we share a lot with the makers around our respective projects.
One of our problem during first step was on the navigation system we prototyped : they bring the big guns on the next day and with an oscilloscope we manage to find the electromagnetic perturbation. It allows us to receive a hacked AIS signal (a system that localize big cargos and fishermens in the nearby area) : very convenient to sail with low visibility !! Furthermore they give us 40 liters of bio-fuel that they recycled out of friying oil with a homemade device. One of the makers will also give us an educative little robot : #Escornabot (http://escornabot.com/web/) joins us for the mediterranean fablab tour ! The aim of this project is to initiate young students (6 to 10) to the basis of programmation !
After those first 700Kms Karukera needs to be checked up. The steering wheel cables are replaced, and Oliver builds an emergency tiller. We hope we’ll never have to use it, but since it’s in the rear cabin why not use it when it’s raining ?
Leo climbs up the mast to control the differents pulley and rigging cables. Everything checks out after a few optimizations !
This stopover was amazing, and we enjoyed tapas and Cañas a lot ! We also met Celine ( http://martineenbateau.com/a-propos/), a boat-puller coming back from an atlantic tour, which was pursuing to Norway. The Boat being ready, we head to the Ciès Islands with Inès, a friend of us who just arrived.
The first sailing day is quite hard to begin with : low breezes and big swells make the boat roll over and over again, not good for our stomachs ! A quick stop to Muxia is needed to sleep a few hours, long enough to digest a hot meal ! It was unforeseen that the names around the hull would be the targets of those who lean the head overbord… Sorry to our Kissbankers, but the waves wash the hull very fast !
The mythical Cape Finisterre is surprinsingly calm, offering a wether so gentle, that we can even raze it ! This nice day allows us to enjoy the sunshine and its heat for the first time since we left Pornic. Great smiles are on all faces !
We also use this time to fish, and with success ! Three mackerels and one garfish are prepared by Adrien, and we cook good rillettes aboard Karukera !
In a very light breeze, we arrive finally to the Cies Islands at night. Waking up among those wonderful landscapes is amazing ! After canoeing and trekking, we go sail between the Islands while some of us make pictures from the Islands.
This Paradise has to be left sooner than expected : a gale is in approach, and we head to Vigo to find shelter.
Once arrived, despite the rain, we go looking after musical instruments. Oliver and Adrien couldn’t bring their brass, and the frustration grows up ! We finally find a small Yukulélé and a flute ! The stopover has to be shorten up, the harbour being quite expensive, and everything we try to do in the city is a failure. Friends we have met in A Coruña are spending the week end in Baiona, we set sail to meet them !