After an avalanche of emails complaining of the
lack of reports, it has fallen to the crew to sort things out -that's
Many thanks to all that have emailed us, its been
great to hear from you. Unfortunately communications are rather
difficult here as the only way for us to receive emails and weather information
is through the SSB [radio] which transmits data at 15O bts per min. so
please keep any emails brief, or we get into trouble.
We finally left Tenerife on Wed. 1st December
having waited for bad weather to pass through. The sail south following the
African coast was fantastic with the w ind on the beam for 3 days solid.
Unfortunately our luck was to run out and the wind died. Great weather for
sunbathing but not sailing. we had two choices open to us, the first being just
to make the best progress we could under sail, or the second was to motor on in
the hope of reaching the wind somewhere near the Cape Verde
The following 3 days were spent motoring and we
finally decided to call into Port Mindelle, Cape Verdes to refuel, as we only had 2/3 days worth left. It must have been the fastest call into port ever and
no Ian, it was for fuel and not booze as you suggest. We were in and gone
inside one hour. The wind picked up almost immediately on leaving. Key facts and highlights so far:
- We have done 1310 miles.
- 500 miles since leaving Cape Verde islands on
- have 1450 miles to go
- Anne caught her first fish - a Dorado
- seen lots of dolphins
- seen 4 killer whales
- 2 white egrets tried to land on the boat - Hedwig
and his mate? in joke for Chris,Sally, Maddy .and Sally.
That's it for now folks, must dash to catch the