CROSSING TO MINDELO, CAPE VERDES
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The first 24 hours we enjoyed 30 knots of wind, logging 8-9 knots. Rough seas
was pushing down between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. But as it was following seas they did not cause any problems.

The rest of the 850 Nm crossing was very comfortable with winds ranging from 10-25 knots. Seas was slight. It was either a reach or classical downwind sailing with boomed out genoa.

We caught a small Skip Jack tuna that was enough for sushi as starter and tuna steak for main course. Avi did an excellent job in BL galley.

Eric caught the first fish

Avi made Sushi

We also caught some very small dorados that was released. The lAst day we had a small tired bird visiting us. He first flew down in the main cabin, but left the same way after some seconds. He then decided to rest on deck.

The crossing took 5 ½ day. Our average speed was 6 knots. We arrived Mindelo on Thursday morning. 24 hours after ARC+ left for Saint Lucia.

Mindelo is a bustling African town.  There is a local market for vegetables and for fish. Both very colorful. 

Mindelo waterfront

Local fish market

Local vegetables market

Luckily we had done our homework in Gran Canaria. There was not much we needed in the local supermercados. They are pretty basic and very expensive in relation to the quality they offer. 

We took the ferry to Santo Antao. At the ferry terminal there were lots of taxis that offered a tour of the island. It was a very scenic tour that we enjoyed. Perhaps we were not as enthusiastic as the driver was used to. That could have something to do with the late hours in the floating bar the day before. 

A low close to Gran Canaria killed all the trade winds between GC and CV. There was no wind in sight. We decided to go deep south as there was wind down at 12.  But more about that in next post.

 

 

 

TO CAPE VERDES
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Roland, Eric and Avi

It has been intense days getting ready for the crossing. Avi just got back from El Corte Ingles with the last things. Freezer and fridge are full.

Yesterday our washing machine broke. Fortunatly we managed to get a new one in a shop only 10 min walk from the Marina. Five ours later the new machine was installed.

We will update our position over Iridium and SSB. If we will also try to send short updates to our twitter account. 

On Friday we will leave Las Palmas and sail the 850 Nm to Cape Verdes. 

LAS PALMAS TO LA GOMERA

We came back to Las Palmas in end of August. Bella was very dirty as the kalima had been blowing.

Bella Luna  “to do list” was long as she is getting ready for an Atlantic crossing. We started the job directly when we arrived. We lifted the boat out of the water for one week at Rolnautic. New antifouling and one thru hull was replaced. Rudder was checked and greased before she went back in the water.   

Rolnautic got lot of business from us. They are very good and have been able to source all our requested parts.

Back in the water at Varadero Rolnautic

When Bella was launched we decided to sail to La Gomera.  After sitting in the marina for many month it felt good to get out on the water and check the boat.  Steering, autopilot, running and standing rigging have been checked and worked on.

Unfortunately we did not get to sail as much as we wanted as there was no wind. A hurricane around Azores sucked up all air from the Canaries. Normally there is steady NE trade this time of the year.

We sailed down to Puerto Mogan and had dinner with Ove from Mayflower. Ove had arranged a slip in the marina even if it was full! Unfortunately Greta was home in Gothenburg. Ove &Greta has a lot of experience. They have circumnavigated in their HR 45 and done countless Atlantic crossings in their HR 46.

After Puerto Mogan we motored over to Tenerife. Next day we sailed to San Sebastian on La Gomera. In the marina we did meet our friends Julie and Craig. We had some fun evenings catching up, as we had not seen them since Monemvasi in Greece.

La Gomera, San Sebastian

A view to die for

Vickie on thin ice

Views with no end.

When we sailed back to Tenerife we discovered that we had a hydraulic problem with the backstay adjuster. As the wind was non existing we decided to return to Las Palmas to have it fixed before the crowd of ARC boats arrives. We had no desire to wait for the wind and seas to start building as we had a very loose backstay.

Navtec pressure gauge leaking

Again Rolnautic was able to help as they had the seals for the cylinder in stock. Navtec went in liquidation in the beginning of the year and parts are harder to find.  Rolnautic sent the cylinder to a hydraulic company that was supposed to fix it in 2-3 days.  As expected it took a little bit longer.  But after 2 weeks I got it back.  

Vickie flew home to Gothenburg and will meet up in Grenada.  I’m waiting for the Atlantic crew to arrive.  The plan is to sail down to Cape Verdes. Stay there for a couple of days and then leave for the Caribbean when the trades are blowing.