HALFWAY THROUGH!

Well yes, we are halfway through, we still have to go 1492 miles (1492, just like the year of the discovery of the Americas, let’s hope this is a good omen!!) Today we did not have rain, although there are still a lot of clouds.   Those ahead of us have bad weather and little wind. The fleet is now very … Continua a leggere

DOLPHINS AND CLOUDS

I want my money back!  The brochure was not mentoning short, steep waves which make you roll 90°, neither of irregular wind which is changing strength and direction every few minutes and certainly was not mentioning the fact that the sky is permanently cloudy with rain every half an hour!! We have not understood how much this is typical of … Continua a leggere

PLANCTON AND CLOUDS

Last night, flat calm, we surrendered and motored the whole night, consuming the last fuel that we were prepared to use at this stage of the crossing. Before dark, Baby says “why don’t we start the watermaker while the engine is running?”. Said, done. Well, almost!! to start the darned thing, you must prime the water pump, which means filling … Continua a leggere

5th DAY AT SEA

We left Lanzarote last saturday in a flat calm, and the first 2 days we mostly motored down along the African coast, staying offshore to avoid meeting unlighted fishing boat, nets, clandestine immigrants’ boats, whatever! We had no choice of route, as a depression to the west is giving contrary winds and therefore we go south hoping to meet the … Continua a leggere

NO MORE VOLCANOES: WE SET SAIL!

Saturday 17th: departure for the Atlantic crossing! According to forecasts, we will have very light winds for the first 4 or 5 days: presumably we will follow a course along the African coast towards the Cape Verde islands, until the trade winds will show up again. See you in Antigua!  

VOLCANOES AND MUSIC…

In Lanzarote, volcanoes always play a part! The Rally dinner on Tuesday night was held inside the “Jameos de agua” (a cave inside a lava flow from the nearby Mount Corona volcano, complete with an underground fresh-water lake): at night, the view is stunning! The dinner is followed by a double musical show: first the Rally’s own musical ensemble, “The … Continua a leggere

CAMELS AND VOLCANOES

Volcanoes, right!  Lanzarote is literally littered with them, wherever you look you see some (there are a total of over 300), and what is more surprising is the variety of different landscapes.  The island’s scenery is characterized by the lava fields which covered most of it during the 6 years ( ! ) of eruptions in the early 1700, but … Continua a leggere

VOLCANOES AND LOCUSTS

At 3 a.m. on friday, november 2nd, we have arrived at Puerto Calero Marina: 640 miles in 113 hours, at the respectable average of 136 miles per day (and the bigger boats exceeded 200 miles per day: just 30 years ago, it would have been a world record!). We did not particularly appreciate the request of the mariner in duty … Continua a leggere