Africa, Morocco, and Mohammedia

Espen Aalstad
Fri 19 Oct 2007 20:00
33:42.8N 07:23.5W Port of Mohammedia
A good overnight passage from Cadiz. 177 nm and 26 hours in perfect NE wind. The girls had an exciting watch with big surfs, also one biting into the cockpit, over 12 knots speed, and manouvering around stubborn fishing boats. They look like Christmas trees at night so difficult to see their navigation lights. Not fun when you are alone in the waves.

The boys could not wait to step onto Africa.Patience we quickly learned was required for entry procedures - and maybe gifts like cigarettes and whiskey. 3 hours and
three different officials before we could come ashore. Instead a full school afternoon while fighting off sleep.
The marina was rather small (10 visiting boats) with few facilities,  but well run by the club Nautico. A 10 min walk away their little club offered a welcome pool and garden.
Espen and I felt as though we could be 10 years back to our first club in Cairo including kids at about same age.

No wonder this is the most attractive marina on the coast. Other ARC sailors are also showing up again and now with children. 13 of the 28 ARC kids in one marina - and some really nice boats like 78 foot Dutch Heartbeat.