Towards the Strait of Gibraltar

s/y Geronimo - Atlantic Crossing Autumn 2011
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Thu 10 Nov 2011 10:45
November 10, 2011
We made it all the way to Cabo de Gata under the sun started to set the wind dropped and at the and we gave in and started "Old Faithful" and for once headed straight towards next waypoint! We had a delicious dinner - Nasi Goreng, prepared by chef Taco - and a beuatiful sunset followed by an almost full moon: barely any wind and a smooth sea...
This morning started with clear weather and visibility so good that you could see the snow-capped tops of Sierra Nevada to starboard and Morocco to port! Right now, around noon, the wind is from east-nort-east abt. 6 knots, so we contin ue under engine. Gibraltar is still 44 miles away so we hope to get there before it gets dark.
The weather forecast for the next few days is not what we would like it to be, with winds in excess of 30 knots - straight on th nose. We hope that we will be able to get around the worst of the winds by hugging the west coast of Morocco, as we do not have  the time to wait for a week for favourable weather...
The crew is happy onboard, it's nearly beer o'clock (the 12 o'clock beer), the sun is shining, it's shorts weather - even for the captain and the shower has been used by almost everybody :)