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Our grand master plan was to head out for a 45 nm trip from Zumaia to Bilbao but since the autumn is here the days are quite short and we weren’t sure to make it during daylight. The rainy morning didn’t really help either so we decided to wait until the afternoon and instead head for Lequeitio that was just a few hours away.

Zumaia – Lequeitio

Log date: 08 okt. 2020
Route: Zumaia – Bilbao
Time: 2020-10-07 15.45 – 2020-10-08 03.59 ( 12h 14m )
Distance: 47,5 nm
Average speed: 3,9 knots
Wind: 10 knots
Weather: [ ] Rain, [ ] Fog, [ ] Sunshine, [X] Cloudy
Temperature: 17 °C

When we left Zumaia the weather was nice but there was quite a lot of swell (between 2.5 and 3m) from the north-north-west that added quite some thrill to the event when we left the narrow passage from the marina with swell transitioning into breaking waves so now we’ve added one more thing to our “keep track of”-list; – Make darn sure that it’s safe to leave the marina before trying!

We had to motor since we had almost no wind at all and the one that we had was head on and that combined with the swell made the ride pretty much to a crazy roller coaster, but that was expected and the plan was to only go 13nm to make sure that the new impeller ridge worked as supposed.

However when we got closer to Lequeitio we quickly realized that when 3m swell gets squeezed into a narrow 5 meter deep bay it turns the entire bay into a big washing machine. The entire bay was filled with waves breaking from all directions and the inlet to the harbor was narrow and surrounded with wave breakers. At that point we understood that it would be a long night unless we put our boat at stake by trying to enter the marina. We choose the long night and added one more thing to the list of things to keep track of; – Make sure that you are able to enter the marina in the expected weather of your arrival.

So we ended up paying the roller coaster guy a few more bucks and kept motoring, sweet lord we hated the ride. To make the swell slightly less intrusive we stayed outside the 50 meters depth curve but it was still horrible with the boat rocking in all directions at the same time. When we finally reached the crazy big harbour of Bilbao, it’s 3 nm (5km) from the outer wave breakers to the inner harbour, it was just a few hours before sunrise.

If you ever end up in Bilbao by boat then the marina marked with green in the picture above offer two nights for free if you call ahead and reserve a berth, however the marina on the right is way better with superb facilities.

We stayed a week in Bilbao, mainly due to the weather but also because it was a darn nice place. Friendly marina with super helpful staff, absolutely stunning food, great town Getxo ”the small one with the marina” and also the actual city Bilbao that was located a short train ride away. We actually discussed staying for the winter since we liked the place as much as we did.

During one of our walkabouts we found a small pintxos (tapas) bar called Jai Alai (map) not far from the marina, apparently Jai Alai was rated nr 4 in the area when it comes to pintxos and their prices were crazy low, 1€ for any of their pintxos and 1,2€ for a glass of wine. I guess it’s needless to say that we went there more than once…

We spent most of our time walking around in Getxo that is filled with small lovely ”drop in for a glass of wine and a bite”-places. Since we are super cultural we had to pay the Guggenheim museum, the food market and the old town in Bilbao a visit. We had to spend two days to cover it all, mainly because we had so much to eat and drink. The museum only took 15 minutes since they were about to close when we arrived on our last day so we just had a walk around the place. #notsoculturalafterall

If you ever end up in the area do not forget to take a stroll in Algorta that is just next to Getxo. A lot of small cute streets and a stunning ocean view from the head of the cliff and whatever you do do not forget to try the pinxos and wine at Etxetxu Berria. Totally worth it. 🙂

Etxetxu Berria

Head over to our Google maps list to see some of the places we visited.

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6 thoughts on “Bumpy ride to Lequeitio Bilbao

  • Titti

    Hej mina goa ungar, kärleken lyser om er. Fantastiskt efter så många dagar på sjön. Ta vara på varandra.
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  • Jonas

    Har ingen aning om vilken utrustning ni har men det finns appar att ladda ner samt andra smarta lösningar, för bland annat våghöjd, som länken nedan! Inga dumma risker!

    https://www.raymarine.se/view/index-id=17059.html

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    • Hej Jonas, tackar för länken. Du har helt rätt i att man inte ska ta några dumma risker, det kostar i regel betydligt mer än det smakar.

      Vi har en hel portfolio med verktyg där bl.a våghöjd, dyningar mm visas. Det som är lite knepigt är att kombinationen av vågor, dyningar, tidvatten, djup och även hur kusten ser ut gör att verkligheten inte alltid (nästan aldrig) ser ut som i appen. Ett lysande exempel var just Lequeitio i den här posten där just kusten och djupet vid inseglingen spökade till saker ordentligt. Vi råkade även ut för en spännande exit när vi lämnade San Vicente, där möttes vi av platt vatten dyningar som kanske var 0.5m men i kombination med tidvattnet som vi var tvungna att lämna med byggdes vågor upp mot 2m precis mellan pirarna. Man lär så länge man lever. 🙂

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      • Jonas

        Du menar att prognoserna inte stämmer?? Ve och fasa! Du menar att man i verkligheten måste stiga upp på morgonen och kolla själv? Vart är vår värld på väg 😉

        Ha det bäst!

  • Maysan

    Hej på er!
    Jaha, så hösten har även nått er. Här hemma har vi ställt om till normaltid och nu ser man inte fram emot mörkrets tider. Hur går det med gummibandet Mia? Används det!? Här hemma funderar vi om vi kan fira jul på Hestra, som vi ju brukar varannat år med Pers stora släkt. Orsaken är ju det däringa viruset…
    Sköt om er, Per hälsar också.

  • KlasJ

    Så kul att läsa och titta, tur jag redan satt med en tallrik lasagne framför mig när jag tittade på fotona, så Sugen jag blev.!.//?⛵️

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