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2017-10-26>30 Madeira, Portugal > Cascais Portugal

Time zone UTC + 0.00

Local hour + 1.00

14.00 - Departure from Quinta do Lorde Marina in Madeira Island

Coordinates 32.º44’490N 016.º39’723W

Heading: 110 degrees

Wind speed: 6 knots

Wind direction: 12 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 23.7 C

Cloud coverage: 70%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: swell

14.30 - Mainsail and Genoa hoisted, Hydrovane set

Coordinates 32.º43’432N 016.º40’387W

Heading: 110 degrees

Wind speed: 6 knots

Wind direction: 12 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 23.7 C

Cloud coverage: 70%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: swell

15.15 - Furl Genoa, unfurl Code 0C

Coordinates 32.º47’399N 016.º32’304W

Heading: 060 degrees

Wind speed: 8 knots

Wind direction: 120 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 23.3 C

Cloud coverage: 70%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: light chop

Changing to the Code 0C to try and catch the light winds from abeam.


19.30 - Furl Code 0C, unfurl Genoa (Dolphins)

Coordinates 33.º00’725N 016.º12’660W

Heading: 045 degrees

Wind speed: 16 knots

Wind direction: 115 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 23.4 C

Cloud coverage: 70%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: light chop

Winds are getting stronger as the night approaches so we replaced the Code 0C for the Genoa. As we finished unfurling and trimming the sail we got surrounded by a pod of dolphins. Very shy, didn’t managed to get them on camera.

Adjusted the course to round Porto Santo Island.

01.30 - Confused light winds, started the engine

Coordinates 32.º28’987N 015.º50’356W

Heading: 015 degrees

Wind speed: 9 knots

Wind direction: 135 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22.9 C

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: ripples

06.00 - Turned off the motor

Coordinates 33.º50’297N 015.º39’950W

Heading: 015 degrees

Wind speed: 12 knots

Wind direction: 115 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22.7 C

Cloud coverage: clear

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: ripples

09.00 - Setting up Hydrovane

Coordinates 34.º08’818N 015.º30’950W

Heading: 015 degrees

Wind speed: 11 knots

Wind direction: 126 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22.6 C

Cloud coverage: clear

Visibility: 100%

Sea state: large ripples

23.00 - Light winds, started the engine, genoa furled

Coordinates 35.º19’737N 014.º51’178W

Heading: 027 degrees

Wind speed: 7 knots

Wind direction: 070 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22.7 C

Cloud coverage: 20%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: calm

02.00 - Approaching the area where cargo ships align to proceed to the Gibraltar Strait entrance

Coordinates 35.º31’502N 014.º39’616W

Heading: 035 degrees

Wind speed: 4 knots

Wind direction: 025 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22.4 C

Cloud coverage: 20%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: calm

As we are getting closer to the area where all the cargo traffic seems to align to proceed to the Gibraltar Strait entrance there’s a lot more chat on VHF and activity on the AIS.

05.40 - Trying to sail upwind without wind and engine problems

Coordinates 35.º31’502N 014.º39’616W

Heading: 080 degrees

Wind speed: 11 knots

Wind direction: 030 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 21.6 C

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: calm

Engine problems since 4 am and we are in calm seas, this was a change in the situation. We usually only have problems in rougher conditions.

10.00 - Engine not keeping RPMs

Coordinates 35.º55’907N 014.º15’343W

Heading: 055 degrees

Wind speed: 6 knots

Wind direction: 010 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 21.9 C

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 80%

Sea state: calm

The engine is still not keeping the RPMs, we’ve opened both fuel tanks and release the fuel caps to release pressure. It didn’t change the situation so is not a pressure problem.

12.15 - Turned off engine

Coordinates 35.º57’452N 014.º06’051W

Heading: 070 degrees

Wind speed: 6 knots

Wind direction: 070 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22 C

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 80%

Sea state: calm

We’re going to give the engine a rest.

07.40 - Tried to start the engine

Coordinates 36.º35’347N 012.º29’785W

Heading: 000 degrees

Wind speed: 11 knots

Wind direction: 065 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 21.9 C

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: chop

The engine isn’t starting

10.23 - Tried to change the course to Vilamoura and jury-rig the fuel tanks

Coordinates 35.º31’502N 014.º39’616W

Heading: 105 degrees

Wind speed: 7 knots

Wind direction: 055 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22 C

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: ripples

We’re considering trying to get to Vilamoura but not sure yet. After reading Nigel Calder book Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair we came to the conclusion the engine problem must be what we’ve always said it was, fuel, bad fuel.

We are going to open one of the tanks and jury-rig the fuel intake in one of the spare fuel jugs we carry.

A Pan Pan was just broadcast over the VHF regarding a MOB (man overboard) not far from us. We can’t help but it’s nerve-racking to listen to it. another cargo ship is on its way to assist, they’re going to take a few hours to get to them.

12.15 - Jury-rigging the tanks, we’ve drifted back

Coordinates 36.º34’733N 012.º08’468W

Heading: 035 degrees

Wind speed: 6 knots

Wind direction: 010 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22.1 C

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: ripples

Managed to open the fuel tank and disassemble the fuel intake, it’s full of gunk. Luckily the fuel intake rod has a protective mesh and maybe it stopped the dead fuel bug from getting in the engine.

The MOB rescue is still ongoing. We’re working in silence, tears in our eyes. It’s been 2h since the first message, if a huge tanker can’t see their MOB in these calm seas there’s no real hope.

14.30 - Engine started will try and get closer to shore north of the Cape Sagres TSS

Coordinates 36.º38’454N 011.º57’120W

Heading: 045 degrees

Wind speed: 5 knots

Wind direction: 020 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 22.3 C

Cloud coverage: 20%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: ripples

The engine is now working but requires cleaning every 15-30 minutes. We ended up not jury-rigging it in the spare fuel jugs.

The cargo ship that went to the rescue arrived the coordinates, they found the MOB victim shortly after. He’s dead.

20.00 - Wind is back again, we will sail through the night

Coordinates 36.º57’000N 011.º27’828W

Heading: 060 degrees

Wind speed: 14 knots

Wind direction: 030 degrees from starboard

Water temp: 21.4 C

Cloud coverage: 20%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: swell with strong chop

08.15 - start engine, our window of opportunity is closing

Coordinates 37.º36’451N 010.º04’854W

Heading: 035 degrees

Wind speed: 15 knots

Wind direction: 000 degrees

Water temp: 21.2 C

Cloud coverage: 21%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: swell with strong chop

Our window of opportunity is closing, the weather forecast we have is no longer current and there was a storm forming near the Azores before we left, we don’t know how it developed or it’s direction. The decision is to motor through the rest of the way unless we can sail at good speed.

23.00 - Arrival to Cascais Marina

Coordinates 35.º31’502N 014.º39’616W

Total hours of the trip: 105h

Total hours sailing: 69h

Total hours motor-sailing: 33.30h

Total hours motoring: 2.30h

Distance: 608nm

Useful resources we use when at sea:

Nigel Calder book Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair

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