Cabo de Finisterre

Cabo de Finisterre (spanish) or Cabo Fisterra (galician): for many pilgrims, watching the sundown here is the end of the journey following the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James way, Jakobsweg). Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or for hiking and cycling. The cape Finisterre is one of the westernmost points of the Iberian Peninsula.

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Three Days Atlantic Ocean

Crossing the Biscay from France (Brittany) to Spain (Galicia): a challenge for sailors. Three nights and two days on the open ocean, hoping not to run into a southwest storm, that builds steep waves. We had good wind at first, rain in the end and never enough sleep.orinoco-0035

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A Coruna, North Spain (meeting point fo blue water sailors): Torre de Hercules.orinoco-5670

 

Îles de Glénan

The Îles de Glénan are an archipelago of islands about 10 miles off the south coast of Britanny (Bretagne), only accessible in summer. They are famous with yachting people and are as close to caribbean feeling as a place in Britanny can get. They are well known for their sailing and diving schools.

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Eurasian oystercatcher at low tide at the shores of Îles de Glénan. They open molluscs or dig up worms. Despite its name, oysters do not form a large part of their diet. orinoco--5034

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Hunting for Fish

When crossing the Channel and sailing in Britanny, quite often we encountered the northern gannet (Basstölpel, Morus bassanus) far away from land. It is native to the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and breeding in Western Europe. They search for food during the day, generally by diving at high speed into the sea. Birds that are feeding young have been recorded searching for food up to 320 km  from their nest. They dive for fish from between 11 and 60 m. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_gannet)

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The common tern (Fluseeschwalbe, Sterna hirundo) we observed at the river Odet at Marina Benodet, South Brittany.  They fed by plunge-diving for fish in the river. When seeking fish, they flied head-down. They circled or hoverd before diving.coconutmilk-de-4482

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Carribean and Pacific Sailing