Night sail from Gran Canaria to Fuerteventura - The toughest so far

Sans Peur
Grete & Fred Vithen
Tue 7 Nov 2017 14:45
Morro Jable, Fuerteventura  28 03 05N 14 21 56W  At anchor

There was 70 Nm from Marina Pasito Blanco, Gran Canaria, to Morro Jable, Fuerteventura. To long for a day sail. No way we will arrive at a new location in the dark.
Means it has to be a night sail. Late start, early arrival. Estimated time 14 hours.
PredictWind showed the normal North East wind pattern and not to strong. We knew there would be wind in the nose.
Leaving Pasito Blanco at 5 in the afternoon. Nice and calm, almost no wind. 
A couple of hours later we had very strong winds almost directly in the nose, very nasty swell and big waves, on top of that some current.
For a while we where doing only 3-4 knots and experiencing very uncomfortable rock'n'roll. Winds between 30-40 knots, yankee has to be rolled in, just cutter stabilising a bit.
Cutting through the waves against the wind, salt water spraying the whole boat almost all the time (we just cleaned it).
The deck house is a safe heaven, dry and warm. 
It was just at the end, the last two-three hours we could relax a bit. Wind and swell came down.
Very tired (just a few hours of sleep) but still happy we arrived at sunrise.
Today will be a rest day and tomorrow we will have a easy day sail to Marina Gran Tarsal, just 22 Nm away.
Fuerteventura. Arriving at about 7 in the morning.