• Ana

2017-08-11 Vilamoura, Portugal > Cadiz, Spain

Time zone UTC + 0.00

Local hour + 1.00

04.00 - Departure from Vilamoura

Coordinates 37.º02’413N 008.º06’673W

Heading: 150 degrees

Wind speed: Force 3

Wind direction: South

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Good

Sea state: Calm

09.00 - Engine problems, RPMs dropping

Coordinates 36.º52’494N 007.º33’647W

Heading: 106 degrees

Wind speed: Force 4

Wind direction: North East

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Good

Sea state: Small wavelets

18.00 - Approaching Cadiz

Coordinates 36.º41’660N 006.º40’000W

Heading: 088 degrees

Wind speed: Force 4

Wind direction: South East

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Good

Sea state: Swell

Quite an uncomfortable swell, lots of fishing boats


19.30 - Rounding Cadiz Bay entrance buoys

Coordinates 36.º36’555N 006.º24’696W

Heading: 147 degrees

Wind speed: Force 6

Wind direction: South East

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Good

Sea state: Swell

22.00 Arrival to Puerto Sherry

It’s blowing a gale, mariners nowhere to be seen despite having talked to them over the VHF, tied to the fuel pontoon to wait for them to come and show us our berth and the guy comes and just unties us from the dock. It’s blowing a gale.

Ana looped the line quickly again while John used the bow thruster to avoid us drifting towards the docked boats. Ana got smashed pretty hard on the lifelines cable trying to hold The Dream from drifting away from the dock.

Marinero eventually explained where the spot was but when we got there it was for a boat less than 12m and we are 15m. There are no lights and there are underwater rocks next to the pontoon, we almost crashed into them, it’s just impossible to see.

Since it was impossible to turn around and level blowing this gale and in pitch black, we tied The Dream across to berths, diagonally with the help of some liveaboards that kept asking us in Spanish and French what are we thinking on trying to dock such big boat there.

Total hours of the trip: 18h

Total hours motor-sailing: 11h

Total hours motoring: 7h

#Spain #Portugal

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