• Ana

2017-10-02>05 Rabat, Morocco > Madeira, Portugal

Time zone UTC + 0.00

Local hour + 1.00

10.00 - Departure from Bouregreg Marina in Rabat

Coordinates 34.º01’742N 006.º49’280W

Heading: 260 degrees

Wind speed: Force 1

Wind direction: North West

Water temp: 23.2 C

Cloud coverage: High-level haze

Visibility: Good

Sea state: Swell

We moved to the departure/police dock when the scheduled time arrived and after permission requested. Went to the office to check out and then had to wait for 30 minutes for the K9 unit. They did a very quick inspection, the dog didn’t board The Dream and the officers were afraid of Ella so super fast.

We waited for the pilot boat and left.

As we were passing the outer breakwater the engine choked a bit but we managed to exit through the swell without much trouble. The harbour had been closed until 1 hour before due to more than 2 meters swell.

10.35 - Hoisted Mainsail and Genoa

Coordinates 34.º02’758N 006.º52’480W

Heading: 262 degrees

Wind speed: Force 4

Wind direction: North

Water temp: 21.4 C

Cloud coverage: High-level haze

Visibility: Good

Sea state: Swell

We hoisted the sails pretty quick but as we were doing it I (Ana) heard the catamaran that had moved to the departure/police dock after we departed, screaming for help over the VHF in French. Not sure what happened but for sure they had problems on the river entrance with the swell and the breakwaters, or maybe they got caught by a fishing net laid at the mouth of the river.

Pilot boat was trying to help them.

14.00 - 1 Reef on the Mainsail and the Genoa

Coordinates 34.º00’554N 007.º25’005W

Heading: 265 degrees

Wind speed: Force 5

Wind direction: North

Water temp: 20.5 C

Cloud coverage: High-level haze

Visibility: Good

Sea state: Big Swell

2.5-3 meter waves were the forecast but this is more like 3-3.5 meter waves


15.15 - 2 reef on the Mainsail and the Genoa

Coordinates 33.º59’340N 007.º36’333W

Heading: 265 degrees

Wind speed: Force 5

Wind direction: North

Water temp: 23.1 C

Cloud coverage: Haze

Visibility: Good

Sea state: Big Swell

08.00 - 2 reef on the Mainsail and the Genoa

Coordinates 33.º59’340N 007.º36’333W

Heading: 265 degrees

Wind speed: Force 6

Wind direction: North

Water temp: 23.1 C

Cloud coverage: Haze

Visibility: Clear

Sea state: Big Swell

15.45 - Turned engine on for power

Coordinates 33.º28’169N 011.º22’269W

Heading: 265 degrees

Wind speed: Force 6

Wind direction: North

Water temp: 22.6 C

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Clear

Sea state: Big Swell

Turn the engine on for 1.30h to recharge batteries, we left the radar on since the day before and solar didn’t manage to recharge beyond 80%.

21.00 - Adjust course to avoid 2 cargo ships

Coordinates 33.º24’390N 012.º10’571W

Heading: 265 degrees

Wind speed: Force 6

Wind direction: North

Water temp: 22.7 C

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Clear

Sea state: Large Swell

We had to adjust our course to avoid 2 cargo ships, one of them started by saying that they could see us and then that they couldn’t so we changed our course while they speed away.

There are some strange small lights in the water sometimes, think they are a deep depth net?! but not sure. very subtle blue lights and occasionally a red. Nothing marked on charts.

At some point, we're doing 10-12 knots SOG and we still have 2 reefs on both Mainsail and Genoa.

10.00 - Shake a reef both Mainsail and Genoa

Coordinates 33.º07’975N 014.º02’429W

Heading: 265 degrees

Wind speed: Force 5-6

Wind direction: North East

Water temp: 22.9 C

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Clear

Sea state: Choppy Swell

Changed from 2 reefs both on Mainsail and Genoa to 1 reef in both sails.

11.00 - Dolphins!!!!

Coordinates 33.º06’063N 014.º11’327W

Heading: 210 degrees

Wind speed: Force 5-6

Wind direction: North East

Water temp: 22.9 C

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Clear

Sea state: Choppy Swell

Surrounded by a pod of dolphins, 8 of them really close.

14.30 - Drop Mainsail

Coordinates 33.º00’041N 014.º35’176W

Heading: 260 degrees

Wind speed: Force 6

Wind direction: North East

Water temp: 23.2 C

Cloud coverage: Clear

Visibility: Clear

Sea state: Choppy Swell

We’re going way to fast, at this rate we’re going to arrive in the middle of the night so we’re going to drop the mainsail to slow us down.

08.00 - Land Oh! Porto Santo and Deserted Islands

Coordinates 32.º40’980N 016.º33’365W

Heading: 270 degrees

Wind speed: Force 5

Wind direction: North East

Water temp: 23.3 C

Cloud coverage: Patchy high level

Visibility: Clear

Sea state: Confused

09.45 - Arrival to Quinta do Lorde Marina Madeira Island

Coordinates 33.º043’932N 016.º42’330W

Heading: 295 degrees

Wind speed: Force 5

Wind direction: North East

Water temp: 23.8 C

Cloud coverage: Patchy high level

Visibility: Clear

Sea state: Calm

Total hours of the trip: 72h

Total hours sailing: 68.30h

Total hours motoring: 3.30h

Distance: 488nm

#Morocco #Madeira #Portugal

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