We chose to stay on the west side of Fuertaventura as we need to make good
speed to Cap Verdes for 2 reasons: 1. Jim's flight departs in 10 days time;
2. There is a big storm coming across the Atlantic that will give us 40 knot
winds against us if we not below 25N. So everyone is keen to get best speed.
But the Canaries a a block on the Atlantic winds which whistle round and
over them and eddy back again, so at 2am on Thursday the wind which had been
pushing us through the gap between Fuertaventura and Gran Canaria at a nice
6 knots died completely, and I decided it was better to motor and get away
from the confused winds. At the same time I was perusing a presentation for
work, which made it slightly surreal in the dark while everyone else was
asleep visualising the presentation to think of all the angles, and doing
the same thing to the wind and how best to make progress and checking for
other ships. This worked at we resumed sailing after a few hours, and are
now making good progress south at about 5.5 knots in 15 knots of wind from
The weather is quite cloudy and Jim feels cold, but we remind him its 22C
here rather than 0C in UK before wrapping him up in long trousers and
jackets. We had 2 fish on the line but both get away which is just as well
as everyone agrees that pasta and sauce is the best dinnner for first night
at sea, even if that sounds like sour grapes.
Yesterday I promised Deby the moon, but I am afraid clouds rather than stars
got in her eyes, and she never saw it, even though the moon rose at 3am
(Deby has the 2.30-5am watch). Jim does the 5-8.30, Nicky her normal 9pm to
midnight watch (no moon) and Andy midnight to 2.30am.