Passage Briefing - Crossing the Atlantic to Brazil (Feb. 8, 2019)

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Today we set sail to cross the Atlantic Ocean!

We have been preparing for this day for more than a year, and we are so excited! 

We leave Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde today and will sail approximately 1,580 nautical miles to Cabadelo, Brazil. On our way, we will sail cross the Equator and make a stop at Ilha de Fernando de Noronha, a remote island about 200 nautical miles off the Brazilian Coast. 

Follow this link to watch the passage briefing with all the details.

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The passage should take about two weeks. Check our YouTube page every Saturday morning at 08:00 CST (15:00 CET) for new videos that we have scheduled to be released. 

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We will update you when we arrive! THANKS for joining us on our journey! 

WED Dec 26, 2018 - Day 132 - 28º30'N 013º36'W to 27º39'N 014º30'W

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Summary
A sunny and light sailing day. Fuerteventura is slowly fading, Gran Canaria to the West is the last bid of land that we will see until landfall in Cape Verde.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, South of Gran Canaria

Weather
Clear skies all day. Winds ENE 2-3 Bft during first half of the day, in the evening increasing to 4 Bft, slightly shifting to NE. Seas 2 m at first, over the day decreasing to 1 m. Pressure 1022, temporarily increasing 1024, then dropping to 1022 HPa again. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 26ºC.

Nautical Log
mainsail and genoa set, motor off, autopilot set to wind angle 140º Port
04:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 120º Port/COG 204 - 2,6 kts
04:55 - autopilot set to wind angle 100º Port/COG 218
05:00 - COG 211 - 3,6 kts
05:40 - autopilot set to wind angle 90º Port/COG 203
06:00 - 90º Port/COG 199 - 3,5 kts
07:00 - 90º Port/COG 212 - 2,4 kts
07:50 - mizzen set
08:00 - 90º Port/COG 231 - 2,6 kts
09:30 - pusher sail set
10:00 - 90º Port/COG 217 - 4,2 kts
10:10 - jib set
10:30 - 95º Port/COG 225
11:00 - 95º Port/COG 222
12:00 - windpilot 110º Port/COG 217 - 2,7 kts
12:30 - motor on, windpilot 100º Port
13:00 - windpilot 100º Port/191 - 3,2 kts
13:35 - genoa, jib and pusher lowered, motor off
13:40 - windpilot 150º Stbd/COG 245
14:00 - main sail lowered, genoa set, COG 240 - 2,1 kts
14:15 - genoa reefed away, motor on
15:00 - HDG 230/COG 220 - 3,9 kts
16:00 - HDG 240/COG 233 - 3,6 kts
16:15 - motor off, genoa set
16:45 - windpilot 120º Stbd/COG 253, main sail set
17:00 - windpilot 135º Stbd/COG 243 - 3,5 kts
17:30 - genoa reefed away
18:00 - windpilot 160º Stbd/COG 229 - 2,7 kts
20:00 - COG 250 - 3,6 kts
21:00 - COG 245 - 3,9 kts
22:00 - COG 240 - 3,9 kts
23:00 - COG 250 - 3,4 kts
24:00 - COG 240 - 3,6 kts

Incidents
09:25 - lost new inflatable MOB buoy overboard

Sightings
20:45 - school of dolphins

Maintenance Log
Diesel: 254 l (tanks and canisters)
Water: 171 l (tank only)

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 78,8 nm
Total: 2.839,9 nm

TUE Dec 25, 2018 - Day 131 - Arrecife to 28º30'N 013º36'W

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Summary
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.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, East of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura Islands

Weather
Clear skies. Winds NE 2-3 Bft. Seas 2 m swells, decreasing to 1 m in the late evening. Pressure 1021 increasing 1023 HPa. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 26ºC.

Nautical Log
16:40 - motor on
16:45 - departure, pilotage
17:00 - HDG 200
18:00 - man sail and genoa set, autopilot set to wind angle 130º Port/COG 178
20:10 - motor off
22:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 140º Port/COG 170
23:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 140º Port/COG 186
24:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 140º Port/COG 211

Incidents
none

Sightings
22:45-22:55 - 6-10 dolphins
23:00 - MS Marella Dream

Maintenance Log
Diesel: 254 l (tanks and canisters)
Water: 198 l (tank only)

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 24,1 nm
Total: 2.761,1 nm

SAT Dec 08-24, 2018 - Day 113 to 130 - Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain

Summary
The Canaries, the islands of everlasting spring. Finally it is warm again! And we finally are at a place that has great sailing infrastructure. We hauled Seefalke and got her zincs replaced, provisioned for the big crossing and enjoyed three weeks of Lanzarote. A beautiful island of volcanic origin. We first intended to do some island hopping and I was especially interested in seeing Tenerife and climbing Pico del Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. But I needed to fly to Germany to take care of some business and we wanted to wait for our new friends we spent some time with in Rabat who arrived shortly before Christmas, later the weather turned bad so we ended up staying in Arrecife, which wasn’t too bad.

We also took the final decision to sail to Cape Verde first. First we wanted to see Cape Verde - nobody of us had been there before - and second it would greatly break up the crossing.

We had to postpone our departure two times to avoid bad weather. The Harmattan was blowing badly so we decided to wait it out.

FRI Dec 07, 2018 - Day 112 - 29º08'N 013º00'W to Arrecife

Summary
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.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Canary Islands

Weather (00:00-08:00)
2/4 in the early morning, later overcast 8/8. Winds ENE 4-5 Bft. Seas 2 m. Pressure 1023 increasing 1024 HPa. Min. temp.: 19ºC, max. temp.: 19ºC.

Nautical Log
genoa set, motor off, HDG 245
05:00 - motor on (battery charging)
06:00 - HDG 285 - 3,5 kts
08:00 - HDG 285 - 3,0 kts
08:15 - motor off
09:00 - HDG 290 - 3,0 kts, then approach to Arrecife, motor on
10:00 - arrived in Arrecife

Incidents
05:45 - genoa reef line not functional

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
Diesel: 263 l (tank and canisters)
Water: 76 l (tank only)

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 29,6 nm
Total: 2.737,0 nm

THU Dec 06, 2018 - Day 111 - 30º08'N 011º58'W to 29º08'N 013º00'W

Summary
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.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Canary Islands

Weather
2/8 to clear skies all day. Winds between NE and E 3-4 Bft all day. Seas 2 m, decreasing to 1 m at times. Pressure 1021 increasing 1024 HPa. Min. temp.: 19ºC, max. temp.: 25ºC.

Nautical Log
genoa and mizzen set, motor off, HDG 209
04:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 150º Port/COG 216 - 4,0 kts
05:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 150º Port/COG 212 - 3,6 kts
06:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 150º Port/COG 216 - 3,3 kts
07:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 150º Port/COG 220 - 3,8 kts
07:35 - autopilot set to wind angle 155º Port/COG 225
08:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 155º/COG 215 - 4,2 kts
11:50 - pusher sail set, autopilot set to wind angle 125º Port/COG 206
12:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 125º Port/COG 206 - 3,6 kts
14:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 125º Port/COG 205 - 3,1 kts
15:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 135º Port/COG 211 - 2,9 kts
15:30 - pusher sail lowered, main sail set
16:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 160º Stbd/COG 247 - 2,4 kts, genoa reefed away
16:10 - main sail lowered, motor on, HDG 230
17:45 - genoa set, motor off, HDG 240
18:00 - HDG 240
21:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 155º Stbd/COG 231 - 3,5 kts
22:00 - HDG 235 - 3,2 kts
23:00 - HDG 245 - 3,2 kts
24:00 - HDG 245 - 3,3 kts

Incidents
18:15 - received distress call of fishing vessel Barracuda Per Domo 3 at a position S of Arrecife, too far away to come to rescue

Sightings
08:20-09:00 - Whale at 29º41’N 012º24’W
22:50 - Land!

Maintenance Log
Diesel: 261 l (tank and canisters)
Water: 76 l (tank only)

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 83,4 nm
Total: 2.707,4 nm


WED Dec 05, 2018 - Day 110 - 31º19'N 011º22'W to 30º08'N 011º58'W

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Summary
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.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Agadir (ref. Spanish maritime zones)

Weather
Clear all day, 2/8 in the late evening. Winds from NE, temporarily shifting E to ESE 2 Bft at first, then increasing 4 Bft, temporarily decreasing to 1-2 Bft, later increasing to 3-4 Bft again. Seas 1-2 m. Pressure 1018 increasing to 1022 HPa. Min. temp.: 20ºC, max. temp.: 26ºC.

Nautical Log
main sail, genoa and mizzen set, motor off, HDG 185
04:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 135º Port/HDG 180 - 3,0 kts
05:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 135º Port/HDG 188 - 2,9 kts
06:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 135º Port/HDG 199 - 3,9 kts
07:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 135º Port/HDG 207 - 4,0 kts
07:25 - autopilot set to wind angle 125º Port/HDG 204
07:50 - autopilot set to wind angle 135º Port/HDG 211
08:00 - HDG 215 - 4,2 kts
10:10 - main sail and mizzen lowered, motor on
10:20 - HDG 230
10:30 - main sail set
10:40 - HDG 215
11:00 - HDG 215 - 3,6 kts
12:00 - HDG 215 - 4,2 kts
12:30 - main sail and genoa lowered
13:25 - HDG 200
14:00 - HDG 200 - 3,3 kts
14:05 - HDG 220
16:00 - HDG 220 - 4,0 kts
16:10 - autopilot set to wind angle 165º Stbd/HDG 222, main sail and mizzen set, motor off
16:40 - pusher sail set
16:50 - autopilot set to wind angle 140º Stbd/HDG 247
17:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 140º Stbd/HDG 251 - 2,7 kts
18:00 - pusher sail and main sail lowered, mizzen set, autopilot set to wind angle 180º/HDG 213 - 3,1 kts
20:00 - main sail lowered, genoa set
20:10 - autopilot set to wind angle 170º Port/HDG 198
21:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 170º Port/HDG 203 - 2,8 kts
22:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 170º Port/HDG 204 - 3,6 kts
23:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 170º Port/HDG 209 - 3,9 kts

Incidents
none

Sightings
12:00 - 2 dolphins
12:20-12:40 - 4 dolphins
19:00 - several dolphins
22:00 - M/S Norwegian Spirit
23:05 - dolphins

Maintenance Log
Diesel: 264 l (tank and canisters)
Water: 95 l (tank only)

Other
13:00-13:15 - MOB exercise

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 82,2 nm
Total: 2.624,0 nm

Dec 04, 2018 - Day 109 - 32º23'N 010º26'W to 31º19'N 011º22'W

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Summary
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.”

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca/Agadir (ref. Spanish maritime zones)

Weather
Clear all day. Winds from ESE with 1-2 Bft, then temporarily shifting to SW over SE, in the afternoon shifting to NE over NW and N, increasing to 3 Bft. Seas 1 m, temporarily increasing 2 m. Pressure between 1019 and 1020 HPa all day. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp. 24ºC.

Nautical Log
main sail set, motor on, HDG 215
05:20 - genoa set, motor off
06:10 - genoa reefed away, motor on
13:35 - motor off
13:40 - genoa set
13:50 - autopilot set to wind angle 135º Stbd ~HDG 215
14:00 - HDG 218/COG 218
14:30 - mizzen set
15:00 - HDG 235/COG 232
16:00 - HDG 235/COG 235 - 3,1 kts
17:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 125º Stbd/COG 260 - 3,6 kts
18:00 - HDG 255/COG 255 - 3,7 kts
20:00 - autopilot set to wind angle 130º Port/COG 198 - 3,3 kts
21:00 - COG 196 - 2,9 kts
22:00 - COG 185 - 2,8 kts
22:15 - motor on
22:20 - genoa reefed away, HDG 210
23:00 - HDG 180 - 3,3 kts
23:20 - genoa set, autopilot set to wind angle 135º Port/COG 185
24:00 - COG 185 - 3,3 kts

Incidents
none

Sightings
14:00… - unknown S/V bearing 325º, estimated distance 8 nm

Maintenance Log
Diesel: 269 l (tank and canisters)
Water: 114 l (tank only)

Other
none

Mileage (over ground):
Today: 84,8 nm
Total: 2.541,8 nm

Dec 03, 2018 - Day 108 - 33º29'N 009º20'W to 32º23'N 010º26'W

Summary
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.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca (ref. Spanish forecast area)

Weather
2/8 at first, then clearing up, hazy in the late evening. Winds NE 3-4 at first, then decreasing to 2-3 Bft and shifting to ENE, later to SE, decreasing to 0-2 Bft. Seas 1-2 m all day. Pressure 1022 slightly dropping to 1021 HPa. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 25ºC.

Nautical Log
main sail, genoa and mizzen set, motor off, HDG 260
04:30 - autopilot set to wind angle 170º Stbd, genoa reefed away
05:45- HDG 210, genoa set
10:30 - HDG 215
10:45 - pusher sail set
12:30 - autopilot set to wind angle 115º Port
14:00 - mizzen lowered
14:50 - motor on
15:30 - genoa and pusher sail lowered

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 95,5 nm
Total: 2.457,0 nm

Dec 02, 2018 - Day 107 - 33º54'N 007º46'W to 33º29'N 009º20'W

Summary
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.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca (ref. Spanish forecast area)

Weather
Clear skies to 2/8 all day. Winds N 3 Bft in the early morning, then shifting NE temporarily increasing 4 Bft, then between 2 and 4 Bft all day. Seas 1-2 m. Pressure 1024, temporarily dropping to 1022 then increasing again to 1024 HPa. Min. temp.: 17ºC, max. temp.: 21ºC.

Nautical Log
main sail, genoa and mizzen set
06:10 - HDG 255, genoa lowered
06:15 - autopilot set to wind angle 150º Stbd
07:50 - autopilot set to wind angle 135º Stbd
08:00 - genoa set
10:50 - autopilot set to wind angle 180º
11:10 - pusher sail set, autopilot set to wind angle 120º Stbd
13:00 - pusher sail lowered, autopilot set to wind angle 180º, HDG 245
14:30 - HDG 215
14:50 - motor on (battery charging)
15:00 - genoa reefed away
15:30 - HDG 230
18:00 - HDG 250
20:00 - motor off
20:15 - genoa set

Incidents
none

Sightings
11:35 - open fisher boat with outboarder at least 30 nm from shore, 4 men in it, they seem to be ok, position 33º51,8ºN 008º36,6’W

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 89,9 nm
Total: 2.361,5 nm

Dec 01, 2018 - Day 106 - Rabat to 33º54'N 007º46'W

Summary
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.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Bouregreg River, Casablanca (ref. Spanish forecast areas)

Weather
After a week of almost constant rain the skies are clear with 2/8 of scattered clouds at times. The winds are from N with 2 Bft at times, slightly shifting to NE increasing 3-4 Bft. At first 2 m swells, later decreasing to 1 m. Pressure 1025, temporarily dropping to 1022, then increasing to 1024 HPa. Min. temp.: 14ºC, max. temp.: 22ºC.

CLICK HERE TO READ MICHELLE’S PERSPECTIVE OF THE PASSAGE

Nautical Log
09:00 - motor on
09:10 - departure from berth
09:20 - arrival at customs pontoon, motor off
11:00 - motor on, departure from customs pontoon, following pilot through Bouregreg River
11:30 - motor off, main sail and genoa set, HDG 280
12:30 - HDG 270
13:30 - mizzen set
14:00 - pusher sail set
16:30 - HDG 240
17:10 - HDG 250
18:10 - HDG 255
20:45 - HDG 300
22:30 - pusher lowered, autopilot set to wind angle 120º Stbd

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
17:00 - genoa sail to furling drum connection fixed
mechanical log not functional (speed shows 0 kts)

Other
10:00 - boarded by immigration and police officers

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 51,6 nm
Total: 2.271,6 nm

Nov 16-Nov 30, 2018 - Day 91-105 - Rabat

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Summary
As you can see we stayed in Rabat for two weeks. It was one of Michelle’s bucket list items to see Casablanca which also is her favorite movie. For me it was the third time to come to Morocco. First time was back in my navy days when we visited Casablanca with our proud destroyer, FGS Rommel. I remember we specifically got a culture briefing before we were allowed to go to land. And I also remember that I took two days off, took the train to Rabat and Marakech and was so fascinated by this exotic country that I already didn’t make it to our departure roll call. That was more than 20 years ago and not much has changed till now. Morocco is still an exotic and wonderful country between Africa and Europe, Occident and Orient.

It is a pity that so many sailors sail past Morocco for very different reasons. I guess, Morocco still needs to work on its reputation and we are willing to help :-)

The best way to find out more about our stay in Morocco is to watch our videos on our YouTube channel. We also published an ‘approach video’ in our series “Maik’s Nav Corner” that gives some guidance in how to approach Marina Bouregreg on a sailboat.

Why would anyone sail to Morocco PART 1: https://youtu.be/kiJcF8HSlBs

Why would anyone sail to Morocco PART 2: https://youtu.be/ouvVZTvOCQw

How to approach Rabat, Morocco: https://youtu.be/RZ99Q83wyf4

Nov 15, 2018 - Day 90 - 34º30'N 007º30'W to Rabat

Summary
Today we fight head wind and decreasing wind speeds to just 1 Bft. We arrive on time at the estuary of Bouregreg River and call Marina Bouregreg on radio. As the sand bar in front of the river is changing its shape and position constantly and the approach of the river is challenging, they send out a pilot in an RIB to guide us into the river. They guide us to the customs pontoon where immigration, customs and police officers are waiting for us. After clearing in we are guided to our berth in the marina.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca (ref. Spanish forecast areas), Bouregreg River

Weather
2/8 in the early morning, clearing up over the later morning. Then clear for the rest of the day. Winds from S with 3 Bft shortly after midnight then decreasing to 1 Bft at around 06:00. Seas 1 m, breaking seas 2 m at the river estuary. Pressure 1012 slightly increasing to 1013 HPa. Min. temp.: 17ºC, max. temp.: no data

Nautical Log
genoa set, motor on
03:00 - radio contact with trawler, take measures to avoid trawler
04:00 - HDG 130
07:30 - HDG 135
09:30 - radio contact with Marina Bouregreg, request pilot
10:00 - pilot arrives, follow pilot into river Bouregreg
10:30 - arrival at customs pier, motor off
11:45 - motor on, departure from customs pier
12:00 - arrival at berth Bouregreg Marina, motor off

Incidents
03:00 - radio contact with trawler, take measures to avoid collision

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
10:45 - boarded by immigration, customs and police officers, drones collected for safe-keeping

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 47,9 nm
Total: 2.220,0 nm

Nov 14, 2018 - Day 89 - 36º00'N 008º53'W to 34º30'N 007º30'W

Summary
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.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, S. Vicente, Casablanca (ref. Spanish forecast areas)

Weather
2/4 to 4/4 scattered Cumulus all day. Winds from NE with 5-6 Bft in the night and early morning, shifting to S and decreasing to 1-2 in the evening. Seas 3 m at first, then decreasing to 1-2 m. Pressure 1017 dropping to 1013 HPa over the day. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 22ºC.

Nautical Log
Main sail, genoa and mizzen set
00:05 - autopilot set to wind from 90º port
02:15 - genoa reefed away
03:00 - motor on (battery charging)
06:30 - HDG 160
08:50 - motor off, genoa and jib set, autopilot set to wind from 90º port
10:00 - autopilot set to wind from 80º port
11:00 - motor on
13:00 - HDG 140
15:30 - HDG 130
20:50 - main sail and jib lowered

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 116,8 nm
Total: 2.172,1 nm

Nov 13, 2018 - Day 88 - 37º40'N 009º51'W to 36º00'N 008º53'W

Summary
We continue our downwind passage around Cape S. Vicente and chart a direct course towards Rabat, Morocco. With good winds we are making good time, but the swells are high and are hitting us from an uncomfortable angle.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, S. Vicente (ref. Spanish forecast area)

Weather
Clear skies to 2/8 all day. Winds N 4 Bft, shifting slightly to NNE in the evening, increasing to 4-5 in the night. Seas 2-3 m all day. Pressure 1021, increasing to 1022 then dropping to 1018 at midnight. Min. temp.: 14ºC, max. temp.: 18ºC.

Nautical Log
main sail and genoa set
00:30 - genoa reefed away
01:00 - HDG 180
01:40 - HDG 190
08:35 - mizzen set
13:00 - HDG 145, genoa set
15:30 - motor on (battery charging)
18:00 - motor off
20:15 - HDG 130

Incidents
none

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 128,4 nm
Total: 2.055,3 nm

Nov 12, 2018 - Day 87 - Lisbon to 37º40'N 009º51'W

Summary
After a foggy departure we take on fuel and head out of Rio Tejo into the open ocean. At the estuary of Rio Tejo we sight the US aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman. With a good downwind course we head towards Cape S. Vicente.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Rio Tejo, Trafalgar, S. Vicente

Weather
Fog at first, clearing around noon to clear skies. Winds N to NNE 1-2 Bft in the morning, temporarily shifting S, then shifting back to N over E, increasing 4-5 Bft. Seas 0 m in Rio Tejo, increasing 3 m in the ocean. Pressure 1015 increasing 1018 HPa. Min. temp.: 11ºC, max. temp.: 16ºC.

Nautical Log
08:10 - motor on
08:20 - departure, pilotage to Doca de Belem
09:55 - arrival at Doca de Belem (gas station), motor off
10:25 - motor on, departure, pilotage on Rio Tejo to open ocean
11:30 - HDG 205, motor off, main sail and genoa set

Incidents
none

Sightings
10:45 - USS Harry Truman

Maintenance Log
10:15-10:25 taking on fuel

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 75,9 nm
Total: 1.926,9 nm

Oct 20, 2018 - Day 63 - 38º56'N 009º32'W to Lisbon

Summary
We continue to move South on a downwind course, round Cabo Raso in the early morning. We are too early to enter Rio Tejo at daylight and with rising tide, so we anchor near Cascais before continuing the approach into Rio Tejo.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Trafalgar, Rio Tejo

Weather
4/8 to 6/8 overcast in the early morning, clearing up to 2/8 around noon. Winds NW to NE 3-4 Bft. Seas 1 m in the ocean, 0 in Rio Tejo. Pressure 1013 increasing 1015 HPa. Min. temp.: 18ºC, max. temp.: 23ºC.

Nautical Log
main sail, mizzen, jib and genoa set
01:00 - HDG 180, motor on, all sails lowered
05:20 - HDG 050, approach anchorage
07:30 - motor off, anchor dropped at 38º41,715’N 009º23,166’W
08:50 - motor on, anchor off, pilotage into Rio Tejo
12:10 - arrived at marina Parque das Nacoes, Lisbon, motor off

Incidents
none

Lisbon, Portugal

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Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 43,3 nm
Total: 1.851,0 nm

Oct 19, 2018 - Day 62 - 40º33'N 008º57'W to 38º56'N 009º32'Ws

Summary
An uneventful day at sea at fairly high swell.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Trafalgar

Weather
Clear skies at first, then increasing cloudiness to 6/8 in late night. Winds between NNW and NNE 3-4 Bft in the early morning, then constantly N 3-4 Bft, decreasing to 2 Bft in late night. Seas 3-4 m at first, decreasing to 1-2 m in the late night. Pressure 1011, dropping to 1010 then increasing to 1013 HPa. Min. temp.: 17ºC, max. temp.: 20ºC.

Nautical Log
main sail, jib, genoa, mizzen set
09:45 - mizzen lowered, wing-to-wing
14:45 - HDG 170
15:45 - HDG 180
16:05 - HDG 160
17:30 - HDG 200, mizzen set
21:15 - motor on (battery charging)
21:30 - genoa lowered

Incidents
- pusher sail halyard slipped through top block
- genoa furl malfunction

Sightings
none

Maintenance Log
- mizzen sheet fixed

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 107,0 nm
Total: 1.807,7 nm

Oct 18, 2018 - Day 61 - Porto to 40º33'N 008º57'W

Summary
As the winds are forecasted to shift from North to South we decide to leave Porto after just one night and head off to Lisbon. However the cross winds at departure time are so high we need tug assistance to get off our berth.

Sea Area
Atlantic Ocean, Trafalgar

Weather
6/8 overcast in the morning, clearing up in the course of the day. Winds N 2-3 Bft at first, shifting to NW, increasing 4-5 Bft in the afternoon. Seas 3 m. Pressure 1011, dropping to 1010 in the afternoon, increasing to 1013 HPa in the late evening. Min. temp.: 13ºC, max. temp.: 23ºC.

Nautical Log
15:00 - motor on
15:30 - departure with tug assistance
15:45 - HDG 205, jib and main sail set, motor off
17:50 - mizzen set
21:00 - HDG 200

Incidents
none

Sightings
several dolphin sightings over the day

Maintenance Log
none

Other
none

Mileage (over ground)
Today: 40,5 nm
Total: 1.700,7 nm