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In Part One of this passage, we battled seasickness and engine issues as we made our way to the last sunset of 2018. Read about the last half of the voyage, which included spectacular moments and high drama all the way into the Mindelo marina.
The bad news is that we have no functioning engine, something we didn’t realize until we were deep into the Western African Atlantic, almost 300 nautical miles (nm) from shore with more than 700 nm to go. The good news is that we are in a sailing boat, not a motor boat. We have sails and the free power of the wind.
After our longest passage to date—520 nautical miles from Morocco to the Canary Islands—we had an even longer list of chores, work, and provisioning to take care of with possibly only one or two more stops before the Atlantic Crossing.
We’ve been in Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain in the Canary Islands since December 7, 2018 making all kinds of preparations for our Atlantic Crossing. We had intended to depart a few days ago and visit Tenerife, one of the other islands in the Canaries.
With only two more quick stops, we are really close to our sailing adventure across the Atlantic! We went live with our passage plan to sail from Arrecife to Santa Cruz on December 24, 2018. We have received a ton of questions about the crossing so we also conducted a LIVE Q&A immediately following the passage briefing.
This was our longest single passage to date. We sailed from Rabat, Morocco to Arrecife on Lanzarote Island (Canary Islands), covering 520 nautical miles in 145 hours. For me, it was monumental for many reasons. I only had one brief bout with seasickness, and even though…
One of our favorite things to do when we are in port is talk with other sailors. We meet experienced sailors and newbies, full-timers and weekenders. The sailing community is so cool! We all share weather reports and routes and tips about boat maintenance and living onboard. And of course, we all love to swap war stories.
Africa has been on my bucket list since long before bucket lists were a thing. When I was about 12 years old, my Dad went to Africa for a safari and sent me a postcard that I still have. My imagination exploded with colorful images of an open savannah, a sandy terrain, wild animals running free, and rich wetlands.