I just received this email:
I´m Portuguese and live in Póvoa de Varzim. I have a sailing school qualiyachts.com and I belive many people have a wrong idea, in the bad sense, of Portuguese coast. We have a flat west coast whith no particular dangers, and a lot of marinas along, with excelent services. I read some foruns about the last incident with the british boat here, saying that our coast was very dangerous. Of course all coasts are dangerous under storm. The accidents hapened next shore. So all of you that are reading this, are very welcomed here, and for shure you change your mind. Greetings
I couldn't agree more with Rui - the Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal is a tremendous trip with a lot of pleasant havens en-route - it's certainly a trip I would like to do again some day. It is not a 'dangerous coast' unless you approach it in the wrong conditions. (Although the Galician coast North of Finisterre is rather alarmingly known as the Costa de Muerte). Some of the ports can be dangerous in very strong onshore conditions, and the pilot is quite clear on this so be aware. The boat that was wrecked that Rui is referring to was trying to enter Povoa at night in very strong conditions and should have stayed well offshore.
Here's Fairwinds in Povoa in September 2006: