Ready for the Cape Verde Leg
10 November 2013 | Pasito Blanco, Gran Canaria
Len / Fine weather
Finally ready for this 2nd leg of our journey to the Caribbean. We would have left today but the local police station is closed for exit papers, along with the Marina office and mostly everything else this Sunday.
Weather couldn't look better with the NorthEast trade blowing force 4 - 5, and the outlook great.
Great baskets of grub scattered around below, and lashed or jammed in place. The biggest challenge will be finding what we are looking for, despite copious lists and notes.
The sail here with friends Bill and Paolo presented mostly light winds from Elba to Gibraltar, using the motor about 1/3 of the way. Then we hung out in Cadiz for 5 days waiting for a front and Southwesterly head winds to pass through. A great city and nice marina at Porto America to entertain us for a while.
Then after a blowy day and night we set off in a light drizzle, and battled head winds and some 40 knot squalls for a couple of days until we picked up the trade wind and flew on down here, covering 200 miles a day.
Had great fun getting the Aries Vane gear to work, and it works well despite the Heath Robinson rig. This next leg will be the real test.