• Sailing The Dream

2022-09-17>20 Cascais, Portugal > Porto Santo, Madeira, Portugal

Time zone UTC + 0.00

Local time (Portugal ) + 1.00


06.35 - Departure from Cascais, Portugal - motor

Coordinates 38º41’741N 009º24’866W


07.20 - Full sails

Coordinates 38º37’962N 009º28’760W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind speed: 18 knots

Wind direction: 110 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1004

Sea state: 1.5 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 7 knots


Pre-departure weather forecast suggests we can do a simple rhumb line route straight to our destination.

Forecasted weather: 10knots mean wind, 15/16 wind gusts, 1.5 metre waves on 9 second period, 140AWA (Apparent Wind Angle)


08.40 - 1 reef Mainsail, Solent sail

Coordinates 38º32’371N 009º35’455W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind speed: 20 knots

Wind direction: 120 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1004

Sea state: 1.5 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 7 knots


Getting ready to cross south of the TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme just off Cabo de Roca)

Quadrant or rudder doing a load squeek.


11.25 - 1 reef Mainsail, 1 reef Jib

Coordinates 38º19’478N 009º51’277W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind speed: 17 knots

Wind direction: 120 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1004

Sea state: 1.5/2 metre waves, 9 sec period

SOG: 6.5 knots


Crossing south of the TSS completed


15.40 - 1 reef Mainsail, 1 reef Jib

Coordinates 37º56’813N 010º17’670W


Heading: 218 degrees

Wind speed: 18 knots

Wind direction: 110 degrees starboard (north northwest)

Cloud coverage: 25%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 999

Sea state: 1.5/2 metre waves, 9 sec period

SOG: 7/8 knots


16.45 - 1 reef Mainsail, 1 reef Jib

Coordinates 37º50’783N 010º24’401W


Heading: 218 degrees

Wind speed: 19 knots

Wind direction: 110 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 25%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1000

Sea state: 1.5/2 metre waves, 9 sec period

SOG: 8 knots


John spotted a marine mammal spout in the distance behind us.

Orca or Whale?

With the aid of binoculars I also saw one of these spouts. Both of us considered it to be too high to belong to an Orca. Didn’t managed actually spot the animal in question.


18.40 - 1 reef Mainsail, 1 reef Jib

Coordinates 37º39’551N 010º36’817W


Heading: 217 degrees

Wind speed: 18 knots

Wind direction: 110 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 25%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1001

Sea state: 1.5metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 7 knots


Sunset. Huge pod of small dolphins all around us jumping and swimming incredibly fast, making small appearances. Biggest individuals between 1 and 1.2 metres, seems most are much smaller and maybe juveniles or babies still?


04.15 - 1 reef Mainsail, 1 reef Jib

Coordinates 36º59’246N 011º27’455W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind speed: 16 knots

Wind direction: 110 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 80%

Visibility: 70%

Barometer: 1001

Sea state: 1.5/2 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 7 knots


Night weather forecast update similar to original pre-departure forecast.

Forecasted weather: 10knots mean wind, 15/16 wind gusts, 1.5 metre waves on 9 second period, 140AWA (Apparent Wind Angle)


Daily run (22h) - 143 nautical miles


09.00 - 1 reef Mainsail, 1 reef Jib

Coordinates 36º39’116N 011º53’189W


Heading: 230 degrees

Wind speed: 18 knots

Wind direction: 110 degrees starboard (north)

Cloud coverage: 100%

Visibility: 70%

Barometer: 1003

Sea state: 1.5/2 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 7 knots


Morning PredictWind forecast update shows a complete change from previous updates. Suggests wind is going to drop significantly on rhumb line route but remain a bit stronger if we track north.

When checking all forecasts and the predictions regarding arrival it seems there’s not a significant difference on ETA.

Conclusion tracking north will give better speeds but considerable extra mileage while rhumb line might become a slug of a sail but still arrive at similar time due to the reduced mileage.

We decided to track slightly north but not as much as suggested by PredictWind mainly because we have no wish to beat to a swell of 1.5/2 meters if we can carry on as we are comfortably.


14.00 - 1 reef Mainsail, 1 reef Jib

Coordinates 36º16’662N 012º29’259W


Heading: 230 degrees

Wind speed: 18 knots

Wind direction: 110 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 80%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1000

Sea state: 1.5 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 7/8 knots


Hmm, winds are still considerably stronger than forecasted. Still doing good speeds without effort.

For a period of 2h where the wind had reduced a bit we’ve flown a full Jib, but with the winds back at previous strength feels better with a reef on the Jib.


19.10 - 1 reef Mainsail, 1 reef Jib

Coordinates 35º52’918N 013º02’142W


Heading: 225 degrees

Wind speed: 18 knots

Wind direction: 100 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 80%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1001

Sea state: 1.5 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 7 knots


07.40 - 1 reef Mainsail, full Jib

Coordinates 34º57’732N 014º15’752W


Heading: 235 degrees

Wind speed: 15 knots

Wind direction: 100 degrees starboard (northwest)

Cloud coverage: 80%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1005

Sea state: 1.5 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 7 knots


House battery bank at -390.2Ah, turned on portable generator for 2h to boost charge by roughly 200Ah.


Daily run (27h) - 185 nautical miles


10.25 - Full Mainsail, furl Jib - motor

Coordinates 34º49’351N 014º32’051W


Heading: 225 degrees

Wind speed: 3 knots

Wind direction: 100 degrees starboard (north)

Cloud coverage: 80%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1004

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 6.5 knots


Forecast finally caught up with us.


11.10 - Full sails - no motor

Coordinates 34º46’631N 014º36’313W


Heading: 222 degrees

Wind speed: 7 knots

Wind direction: 120 degrees starboard (north northwest)

Cloud coverage: 80%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1004

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 4.5 knots


15.15 - Full sails

Coordinates 34º31’291N 014º49’367W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind speed: 6 knots

Wind direction: 45 degrees starboard

Cloud coverage: 40%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1000

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 4.5 knots


18.05 - Mainsail and motor

Coordinates 34º21’007N 014º56’899W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind speed: 4 knots

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period, long swell

SOG: 6.5 knots


20.05 - Full sails

Coordinates 34º11’595N 015º07’017W


Heading: 210 degrees

Wind speed: 6 knots

Wind direction: 60 degrees starboard

Cloud coverage: 60%

Visibility: 80%

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period, long swell

SOG: 5 knots


John caught a small Bonito tuna!


23.00 - Mainsail and motor

Coordinates 33º59’025N 015º16’630W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind speed: 3 knots

Cloud coverage: 60%

Visibility: 70%

Barometer: 1004

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 6.5 knots


PredictWind forecast update still suggests we should track north.


01.25 - Full sails

Coordinates 33º47’008N 015º29’168W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind speed: 3 knots

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 6 knots


02.55 - Full sails and motor

Coordinates 33º40’414N 015º35’360W


Heading: 210 degrees

Wind speed: 3 knots

Cloud coverage: 40%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period

SOG: 6 knots


08.30 - Full sails

Coordinates 33º19’548N 015º50’769W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind speed: 11 knots

Wind direction: 50 degrees starboard (west northwest)

Cloud coverage: 40%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1006

Sea state: light chop

SOG: 5 knots


Started seeing the shape of Porto Santo island on the horizon!




Daily run (25h) - 128 nautical miles


13.20 - Arrival Porto Santo

Coordinates 33º03’578N 016º19’153W


Total hours of the trip: 79h

Total hours sailing: 70h

Total hours motoring: 3h

Total hours motor-sailing: 6h

Maximum Speed Over Ground: 9knots

Average Speed: 6knots

Distance: 486 nautical miles


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