Neverland Journey

12 December 2019 | 14 04.85'N:60 57.8'W, Rodney Bay, St Lucia
05 December 2019 | 14 10.9'N:56 24.4'W, 250 miles to go
29 November 2019 | 14 25.2'N:42 59.6'W, middle of ocean
28 November 2019 | 14 29.4'N:40.14.3 06.01'W, middle of ocean
25 November 2019 | 15 35.65'N:33 06.01'W, middle of ocean
21 November 2019 | 16 53.4'N:24 595'W, Mindelo, Cape Verde
21 November 2019 | 16 54.5'N:25 00.4'W, Mindelo, Cape Verde
15 November 2019 | 19 26.3'N:23 04.3'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde
14 November 2019 | 21 22.7'N:22 10.6'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde
13 November 2019 | 23 16.8'N:20 00.5'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde
11 November 2019 | 26 16.7'N:16 13.8'W, South of Grand Canary
10 November 2019 | 28 07.6'N:15 25.5'W, Las Palmas, Grand Canary
30 October 2019 | 28 51.1'N:13 47.7'W, Point Papagayo, Lanzarote Canary
27 October 2019 | 28 57.7'N:13 32.4'W, Arrecife, Lanzarote Canary
26 October 2019 | Morocco
10 October 2019 | 30 25.30'N:9 37.06'W, Agadir Morocco
09 October 2019 | 32 25.9'N:9 38.9'W, Off the Moroccan Coast
08 October 2019 | 34 10.8'N:8 50.1'W, Off the Moroccan
07 October 2019 | 35 18.71'N:7 12.18'W, Atlantic Ocean
05 October 2019 | 36 09.72'N:5 21.62'W, Gibraltar

Out From The Med

07 October 2019 | 35 18.71'N:7 12.18'W, Atlantic Ocean
Mike
We raised anchor in Gibraltar at 12:10 pm on 6 Oct to head through the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic. One of the problems going west to east through the strait is that there is a constant inflow of water from the ocean to the sea. This is the only source of make-up water for all that is lost due to evaporation. The current that one sees is affected by the tides. There is some outflow after the high tides at Gibraltar so travel out should be timed accordingly. The other major factor is the winds. The strait acts like a wind tunnel as well as a pinch point for the water inflow. Saturday night did not look good because of the winds so we waited until Sunday�'s high tide. We still experienced significant head winds and currents coming out of the harbor at Gibraltar. By the time we passed Tarifa point, where the strait starts to widen, the winds had decreased significantly. There was still significant current around the point and the water was swirling.

It�'s unbelievable how much traffic goes through the strait. The chartplotter with AIS targets displayed is an excellent tool for negotiating the traffic. Night had fallen by the time we cleared the strait and started crossing the traffic lanes. The AIS displays on the chart the vessel name, course over ground, speed over ground, bearing and distance to target, and best of all the closest point of approach. With all this data it is much easier to take evasive action and know if any is needed. Monitoring the VHF radio you hear the ships communication with each other on which way they are going. We even had one call us by name to clarify our intentions. They ended up safely passing within 1/3 mile of us.

We are currently sailing SW along the Moroccan coast and plan to arrive in Agadir on Friday. In the meantime we are enjoying the sunny warmer weather. Water temperature is up from 65 in Gibraltar to about 74.
Comments
Vessel Name: Neverland
Vessel Make/Model: Allied Princess 36
Hailing Port: Onancock VA USA
Crew: Mike Gould-Captain
About: Mike has been sailing since 1986. He has made trips from Virginia to Maine and back. Several trips in the Mediterranean. He has sailed other vessels in the open sea.
Extra: Monica has sailed alongside Mike during all these years. She has loved sailing and enjoyed every minute out on the open seas with Mike. She looks forward to more adventures as a sailing couple-especially the eventual Atlantic crossing.
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