PCP's translation of the statement reads "... The Ports on the Portuguese west coast are generally considered difficult to enter. "..
Nazare, one of the few ports you can enter in almost any conditions and which lies about 25 NM to the south of Figueira da Foz, was full of fishing-boats from Figueiras da Foz on Wednesday when the accident happened. Because the harbour was closed, and because they wouldn't dare to enter FF in these conditions.
What can we do to make sailors more aware about the dangers of the Portugese coast???????
I don't know. Fact is that I can recall one one accident with a Portuguese sailing boat and many with foreign boats. I guess that we have more confidence on the information that is provided by the authorities in what regards closed ports, information that is disregarded by sailors from other countries that seem to think we are too careful.
This one happened 2 years ago on Vila do Conde, a Port North of Figueira. the port was also closed. If I can recall correctly they were warned not to try to enter. There were three experienced sailors aboard...
only one survived. Two died there.
It is said that the Ports on the west coast of Portugal are difficult to enter but it should be said some ports
because others are open in bad weather and only closed in extreme weather the kind that cannot be sustained by a small sailboat near the coast anyway. As I had said Nazaré is open with pretty bad weather even if it is better only to enter in day time and asking for directions, Peniche, Leixões (Marina de Leça), Lisboa (Cascais) Setubal (Sesimbra) and Sines are open with bad weather so it is not really a bad situation. You have just to be prepared to pass a night on the sea since in some cases it will not be possible to cover the distance between them during the day.
Typically the Ports that close with bad weather and by that order are Caminha, Vila Praia de Âncora, São Martinho do Porto, Porto, Figueira da Foz, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde, Viana do Castelo and Aveiro.