HIERRO-SAL....NOTES FROM EGOI
It was a long time since we were not sailing long distances. It was the first time
that we had to make more than 700NM and somehow I was a bit worried on how we will be able to manage this trip. Too much thinking....
But finally the most complicated thing was to decide when to leave a place because for sailing we make a really good team.
First 48 hours were hard, we had to get use to night watches, not completely full sleeps, our cat (Bimbache) first sailing, wind changes...
But after that we started feeling better, enjoyed sailing and the winds from NE, ENE, E (established Aliseos), tried different sailing options, played with front sails and booms, using mainsail boom like a front boom for keeping the Genoa open, dealed with strong winds from the back (more than 30Knots peaks)...
But when we were 250NM from Sal, the PACTOR III send us a not really nice weather prediction. Grib files showed ENE 25Knots constant (in the reality the meaning of this is much much more than 25usually). So we start sailing faster and we start planning how to arrive in daytime in Palmeira, Sal..
At the end we arrived with daytime. We sailed hard, fast and safe, but not everything was so perfect. We broke our engine bildge pump (already changed), didn’t see too much sun (clouds and wind with sand from Mauritania) and were not able to fish.....
WE NEED TO IMPROVE FISHING!!!!
Bimbache and we need that.
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