After the Harmattan lost some of its power we planned the departure for the afternoon to allow for a relaxed shower, good lunch and a goodbye with our friends. As always it got a little later than planned and we finally set sail at 16:45. After three weeks on land we all had to grow sea legs again. Even though the swell was not very high we all struggled some the first day.Read More
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Whereas we had only light winds in the past days today during the approach the wind has picked up and made the approach a little challenging. Also we need to run under genoa only to arrive in Arrecife in daylight.Read More
The day starts with a fantastic and close whale encounter. I believe it was a Sei Whale that actively interacted with us for approximately 40 mins, an extraordinary experience! Also we finally make landfall in the evening.Read More
Today is a great sailing day, great winds, some smaller periods of calm winds, too and relatively low swells. Also dolphins are visiting us several times and provide some great entertainment. And I interrupt Michelle’s sun bathing with some long overdue MOB exercise.Read More
Another day at sea with nothing but water in our 360º sight. In the afternoon we see another sailboat at the horizon headed a similar course. We will sail “together” for a couple of days but not see more of each other than the sails sitting on the horizon or the navigation lights at night. We do not know the name of the boat or the crew neither where they were headed eventually, but we felt a strange way of togetherness for the couple of days we “met.”Read More
Today we see nothing but blue water and blue sky. Only at around 14:00 we see another sailboat (S/V Promethe) crossing our path. From their course they are coming from the Straight of Gibraltar headed for one of the Western Canary Islands. We lost sight later in the night. It is always exciting to see other sailboats in the vast water desert of the oceans.Read More
An uneventful day at sea with good winds and only moderate swell. We saw an open fishing boat with four men in it far out in the ocean with just an outboarder. The guys had no life-wests or other means of safety. I was shocked how those guys risk their lives every day to make a living.Read More
At sea again. Finally. As much as I love to explore new lands, I am still a sailor and I love to be at sea. We got stuck a few days because the ocean swell was too high for the marina to open. At the day of departure we moved the boat to the customs pontoon, cleared out and followed the pilot through Bouregreg river to the open sea. We chose a Western course at first to stay clear of the plenty of unmarked fishing nets and unlit fishing boats closer to shore.Read More
After a little rough night with wind speeds up to 6 Bft when we made good time the day is characterised by lighter winds and a wind shift to the South. In order to make it to the scheduled arrival window we use our engine. Marina Bouregreg in Rabat is located inside Bouregreg river at which estuary a sand bar lets the ocean swell break which makes the approach possibly dangerous. So this marina can only be approached during rising tide around high water with swells smaller than 2 m.Read More