Leg 2/5 – Africa & Canary islands (Morocco, Canary Islands, The gambia, Cabo verde islands )
After a short stop in Vilamouro to provision (and let me tell you wouldn’t want to stay there any longer) we set off for a 420 mile trip across the mouth of the Straights of Gibraltar to Agadir, Morocco. Once again twisty waves, no rhythm and seasickness set in. Fortunately, each time we started to feel too desolate dolphins appeared to cheer us up.
After gazing back at the high slopes of the island for about an hour we started to focus our energy on sailing the boat, keeping up our spirits and not getting seasick. The first 12 hours of a trip are crucial to set the tone and we were determined to keep active and positive.
We had some very strange seas in the first 5 hours. There are several complicated wind and wave effects between the islands and this was one of the oddest we have seen.
We left The Gambia at 1030 yesterday morning with mixed feelings. Our experience there were incredibly rich and the people lovely but it was excruciatingly hot, buggy and we couldn’t jump in the creek to cool off. As such, we were looking forward to the fresh sea air. The winds promised (as much as a forecast does) to be just aft of beam and 15-20 knots. Perfect.