When we left Mindelo we did know that the first 3-4 days would be slow.  A low up north killed all the trades between Cape Verdes and Caribbean. The ARC fleet was fighting with strong headwinds. 

We sailed south as there was some wind down around 12 degree.  After 4 days sailing south in light winds ranging from 4-10 knots we gybed and steered west. We had reached 12 degrees and trades were taking us directly to Grenada. We sailed with a boomed out genoa and the hardwind jib sheeted on the same side as the main sail.

Trade wind sailing


It was a very comfortable sail. Winds between 15-25 knots and slight seas. It could not been better. With some small exceptions, this was the conditions across the Atlantic.

The last week in to Grenada we got some rain squalls that sometimes could increase wind speed to 30 kn.

Trade winds

The fishing was a big disappointment as we hit seaweed already a week from Cape Verde. The seaweed  fouled the fishing equipment right away.

Seaweed almost all across the Atlantic

Whales came and escorted Bella. 

We did see 2-3 fishing boat and two tankers on the route from CV to Grenada. 

Our friends on Hullabaloo went rumb line from  Cape Verdes.  They had to motor for 72 hours!.  

We sailed defensive as the goal was to come to Grenada with all the crew and boat in one piece. We reefed as soon as the wind was between 23-25 knots.  We could possible have been averaging 0.3-0.5 knots more if we had been pushing 100 %.

We arrived to Grenada after 15 days sailing. The last 6-7 hours we sailed reefed as we did want to arrive Prickly Bay in daylight.  We motored about 12-15 hours.  The generator had to run about 2×3 hours/day to keep up with our electricity need.

Half way party. Herring and aquavit.

The  Raymarine autopilot steered 100% of the way. Not one single disconnect. It steered courses that would be very difficult to hand steer in the darkness.

Nothing broke on the trip!! Not bad for a 14 year old boat.  That showed that the preparations in Gran Canaria was done right, and that we had a skilled crew that did not do any mistakes.  

Avi spend a lot of time in the galley making delicious food. Unfortunately we did not lose weight as Avi could not find baby spinach in Gran Canaria.  

Avi in action

Lots of boats in all the bays on the south coast of Grenada. Clearly the hurricanes in the north is creating business for the boat yards on Grenada.


  1. Gerald DiBona

    Great place, Prickly Bay. Spent some time next door at St. George’s University on True Blue Bay. They were getting their medical school started and needed some assistance with physiology and nephrology teaching in the earl years. Glad you trip was safe, sound and efficient.

  2. Jay Huber

    We departed Mindelo on December 5 on my friend’s Sweden 45 Lucky Girl and arrived in Antigua December 20th. Sailing conditions proved very favorable and we motored only a total of about 24 hours. The winds were generally ESE4 with very occasional squalls generally at night.

  3. yves George

    Congratulations for a textbook crossing . A skilled crew combined with a meticulous preparation ( we know how competent Roland is ) is the key .

    Enjoy a merrry Christmas in Grenada .

    Peggy and Yves
    Cayuga II

  4. Vaslav MARKEVITCH

    Hello ! Late best wishes for Xmas, and early ones for a very Happy New Year 2018.
    Was interested to hear that you encountered so much seaweed all over Atlantic, and luckily didn’t get fouled up below waterline. Have you any idea whether this was usual, or a new climate development? Liked hearing the way you used your sails. Question: how many were you aboard?
    Am working hard on my Bio Climate discoveries and inventions, and this is an interesting indicator. I have a method to globally cool climate by 2-3°C, and same time offering social and economic improvement worldwide with full employment and elimination of violence. Wish I was aboard relaxing a bit like you folks. Skohl ! Vaslav &


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