SV Songbird

Sines to Lagos

05 July 2014
Stu & Shar
We got up and moved on early the next day, as this was going to be a long day on an exposed coast with no cover to duck into if the weather doesn't play the game. It was a light breeze from the south to start with so we motored for the morning covering a number of miles, with a pod of dolphins dropping in for a couple of minutes. Early afternoon the breeze swung around to the north steadily increasing to 25kts, so we made good progress on a reefed main and shortened headsail moving quickly downwind, the main focus was to keep things onboard as quiet and comfortable as possible as Alex and Coll were on day two of their sailing experience. Alex had been unwell the previous day, but had improved at the end of the day, with a little help from the drugs (sturgeons), he was handling things far better today, it looked like Alex was a 'two day startup' to me...that is someone who takes a couple of days to adjust to life of the water and away they go. A large pod of dolphins dropped in and stayed for quite a while, taking it in turns to ride the bow wave. We all had a good look and took some brilliant video of the display they put on (see link to dropbox for the video). As we rounded "Cabo Sao Vincente" we had a good broad reach run with offshore winds pushing to 30+kts on a flat sea straight into Lagos ...can't beat that, honking along. The following day we spent having a look around Lagos and relaxing, it was a popular summertime holiday spot and for some reason not crowded. We all had a swim at the beach (except Shar), but for some reason the water temp had dropped considerably.... From around 19 down very cold 15 degrees ....'Bondi Icebergs' stuff.
Vessel Name: Songbird
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 40E
Hailing Port: Fremantle - Australia
Crew: Stuart & Sharanne


Who: Stuart & Sharanne
Port: Fremantle - Australia