Super tanker, lights (and prop noise) are gonna find you............
andromeda of plymouth
Susan and Andrew Wilson
Mon 30 Jun 2014 14:33
..........a bit contrived, but hopefully some of you will get the picture.........them props sure do create a lot of noise when the ships and ferries leave and arrive, particularly at night when we are down below trying to sleep!
It's a grey day here in San Miguel but the temperature is pleasant enough to still walk about in shirt sleeves and t-shirts, though its noticeably cooler at night after the Caribbean and Bermuda! Brrrrr!!
The harbour is busy with a number of container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, Portuguese Navy Corvettes and the big inter-island ferry (Hellenic wind - there's probably a blog to be had about that!) which left early this morning bound for the mainland. Aircraft land and take-off over the harbour so it can seem a bit noisy at times, but we manage! A number of yachts have recently arrived, mostly French, German and Dutch, though there are one or two UK flagged yachts around, many waiting for a good westerly wind to head north to the channel, the UK and northern europe. We understand that the US and Canadian yachts crossing to the Med arrive over the next 6 weeks or so.
We plan to get away on Wednesday if the winds still hold and should see a 7 - 8 day passage to Lagos. To counter the current and the northerly winds (usually) we will need to head a little north of east to start with and then head more south of east towards the north end of the big shipping lane (TSS) around Cape St. Vincent after about 5 or 6 days - a busy place at times. It has a bit of a reputation does the Cape, so we will sail with due deference!
A few more jobs done today and we are almost ready to get away - a few more provisions to be sourced and the paper-work outstanding, but the fridge is now doing stirling work after its repair and we are full of confidence it will will see us over the next leg of the trip.
More in due course............
P.S. Happy birthday to Paul Franklyn - we hope you have a great day.
Andrew & Susan