BY BY EUROPE!
So time for changes. Good by Spain, Canary islands and welcome open Ocean again!...We are leaving. Or we are comming back…. TO SAIL.! 750 miles towards Cape Verde Islands. First stop-Sal.
Now checking weather forecast and deciding which day to leave. Even if its sounds exiting we are little bit nervous and impatient, but happy to be able to continue traveling. We enjoyed more than a lot all Canary islands and specially Hierro…..but its time to leave. Here we feel like at home already, what is so great , but curiosity for traveling is calling us . Also Grain needs to sail:) Finally that,s why we live on boat- to continue sailing and traveling.
When you live in house it seems there are so few people who lives on boats, but here in Restinga harbour seems that there are few who don,t. To tell the true is a really nice place to stop and stay longer (like we did too) till you relax, charge your energy and get ready for long trip. Is cheap (around 10 euros per day), you have electricity and wáter on pantoons, good protection and small quiet town near. There is no shower , but is sunny everyday and open air shower from the host pipe fix everything. (ok sometimes cold in the mornings, but can,t be all perfect:))
So harbour is full and mostly all boats are french. Its amazing how many frech boats and sailors in Canary islands can be!!! And mostly all from Bretñia. We were joking that soon Canary islands will become one more French colony. But from other side of view is great to meet them all. Can you imagine that here we had even a sailing CIRCUS! One french family with two young kids on boat Dominao sail and make circus where ever they stop!...Another french couple with boat from Sete were baking and selling bread for sailors. Also here is a french girl who lives and travels on boat alone fixing sails for others on her own boat….Nice .Italian young famyly Paolo, Sandra and Nila on boat Asikel. Our friends Nouri and Gigi (she teach me and the one who wants yoga!) and little sweedish boat Darya. And of course our best neighbours ever Katy and Jean Mary with cats CAPSULE( she has 20 years!!!!) and MIET from Orange bleue¡!! They make little wooden boats and sell them in France after……We will miss them all!!!
GRAIN DE SABLE is ready and prepared…..diesel tank is full ( 100 liter) plus lots of diésel in cans. We are feeling like a tanker, but safe. You never know what can happen- is better to be prepared. Food is also bought and like always we think that we have too much.. Food EVERYWHERE! But later when you cruise and spend time on anchor in remote places is really nice to not worry about shopping. Also the boat Bar is refilled…cans of beer and of course Wine!!! From sailing on RagaineII times we remeber how expensive wine was everywere ! Also the Neptune need some shots time to time, so never is too much. Especially when we found here super nice and cheap local Hierro wine in 5 liter tetrapaks:)
We also learned how to make tasty bread in oven, ricotta cheese from milk from tetrapac( in lithuanian ,varske,), fish conserves and home made limonade. We love GOOGLE and have a lot of time!!!
Now we need just to fish a lot (we hope) and not to be too tired to cook all that:) It will be our first so long non stop ocean sailing trip alone (just two of us). Lots of sailors we met do that for many years, so its normal. But when its first time is first time. And we wanted to sail alone.. It was our dream since we sailed around the world with RagaineII and saw so many sailors couples enjoying traveling by boat alone. Now its our time Winds in this área use to be north easterlies 15-20 knots constantly, but this year they are not so stable so forecast checking is very important. For example here in Canary islands this winter blows too much south easterlies what is not very common for this time of the year. Also its warmer than normal ( what we love) and almost no rain.
For communication we signed for SAILMAIL service for one year again. 250 dollars per years for 90 minutes per week and with the help of SSB radio and Pactor we will be able to write and receive mails. Also we will be able to get Grib files with weather forecast. Is amazing the technology of our days!
We will need to say good by for free WIFI all day too. In Hierro it was amazing! We were able to surf and check mails every day. And the free WIFI is not just in harbour but in all island. From now it will be- computer in the bag and dinghy landing to nearest bar or wifi café:)
Last year we bought long distance wireless connection device TP LINk, but we still didn`t manage to make it work properly. We are not the computers guru, really, but come on!!! Why is not working????.....Anyway we will have lot of time in the future to continue fighting with it and will make it work!...hope so
…and we forgot one more thing !
We have a third crew member again- cat BIMBACHE! He is from Hierro and his name is also from Hierro. Long time ago the same were called Hierro Aborigens
Our super Kataryte is ,terrorizing, my parent,s dog Sailas in Lithuania where she lives now and is more than happy, so we needed a new cat crew and we found it! Well actually our neighbours from Orange bleue and our friend Amaya found him for us!..
Now he is fully Grain de sable resident! Destroying our still new cushions, making VERRRRRRY smelly kaka…but giving us so much happiness and love ¡!.
NOw with Bimbache and all ready on board time to start moving and checking again whats is waiting us in the other side of the horizont...
We will try to update our position , so it will be able to see where we are on FIND US HERE
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"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters."
"The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use."
"There are more sharks on the land than in the sea"
If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.
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" Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit."
"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway."
"A bad day at SEA is still better than a good day at work"
"The perfection of a yacht's beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty's sake."
"Remember 'It was a professional who built the Titanic, It was an amateur who built Noah's Ark"
"Sailing - The art of slowly going nowhere at great expense. "
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