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

Cape Verde to St Lucia (part 1)

25 November 2019 | 15 35.65'N:33 06.01'W, middle of ocean
Mike
We had a great start out of Mindelo Harbor at 12:30 on the 21 November. Everything turned quite blustery as we entered the channel between the islands of Sao Vincente and Santo Antao. There is usually an acceleration zone between islands where the breeze can go from 15 knots to 25 knots with gusts to 30+ knots. That�'s what happened here. So we continued downwind as the breeze decreased once we passed the islands. There is also a wind shadow on the downwind side of the island for up to 100 miles. As night fell on the fleet so did the breeze. Everyone was struggling through the night trying to find sufficient wind.
Friday evening I tried fishing again. I had my hook and line in the water about 5 minutes when I got a bite. It took off and when it jumped I saw that it was a mahi-mahi. Unfortunately in my excitement I tightened the drag too soon and too much and broke my line. The fish took off with my lure, teaser bird and about ¼ of my line. Since then we have figured out how to slow the boat if we ever get another bite. That�'s life.
Yesterday a pod of dolphins paid a visit. These are much larger than the ones we saw in the Med. The didn�'t jump like the smaller ones either. They seemed to be the size of the bottlenose porpoise we are familiar with in the SE USA like Flipper but brownish instead of gray.
By Sunday we had really settled into trade winds sailing. We are heading basically due west at 5 to 6 knots with the wind coming over our right shoulder. Today the wind is 10-15 knots from the ENE and the boat was only doing 5 knots. We set the mizzen stay sail and picked up a half to ¾ knot boat speed so we are very happy. This difference translates to 3-4 day earlier arrival. Faster passages mean less time at sea and more time in port at the end.
Only 1620 miles to go.
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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