Archive for January, 2010

Searching for a Solution in Mindelo

Our arrival in the Cape Verdes was nothing if not dramatic ; racing down the imposing channel between Santo Antao and Sao Vicente in 35 knots under trysail and No 3. Considering this wind , the bay of Mindelo ( another famous sailing ship anchorage) was remarkably sheltered and we were soon talking to the […]

Day 6

What a dark night. The gibbous moon only appears at about 0400, and as it is cloudy much of the time the rest of the night is pitchy black. As expected the wind increased at about midnight to average 25 knots so we snugged down to the 3rd reef and with the wind on our […]

Atlantic issues….

The sun is shining , the wind is dead astern and we have been entertained by a posse of spotty dophins ( stenella atenuaris) so life is perfect ? Well not quite . Yesterday I felt that our new batteries were not getting up to the charge I would have expected and started to look […]

Time to go

So , its time to have another crack at leaving. Bryony got on a plane in Tennerife this evening and all that we need is a text to say she is home safely and  then we will  have nothing to keep us here. Except that its pitch black and we are tucked into a tiny […]