• Sailing The Dream

2022-10-25>27 Machico, Madeira, Portugal > Playa Francesca, La Graciosa, Canaries, Spain

Time zone UTC + 0.00

Local time (Portugal ) + 1.00

Local time (Spain ) + 1.00


08.15 - Departure from Machico, Madeira, Portugal - Full sails and engine

Coordinates 32º42’900N 016º45’710W


Heading: 155 degrees

Wind Force: 2BF

Wind direction: 140 degrees starboard

Cloud coverage: 80%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1009

Sea state: calm

SOG: 6 knots

10.00 - Full sails - finally outside the island wind shadow

Coordinates 32º33’734N 016º39’162W


Heading: 150 degrees

Wind speed: 3BF

Wind direction: 60 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 80%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1009

Sea state: 0.5 metre waves

SOG: 5 knots


11.00 - Furl Jib - wind is too upwind to round southern most island of the Desertas islands group

Coordinates 32º30’518N 016º36’223W


Heading: 150 degrees

Wind speed: 3BF

Wind direction: 60 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 70%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1009

Sea state: 0.5 metre waves, lumpy seas

SOG: 6 knots


11.30 - Full sails

Coordinates 32º27’129N 016º33’585W


Heading: 150 degrees

Wind speed: 3BF

Wind direction: 60 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 70%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1009

Sea state: 0.5 metre waves, lumpy seas

SOG: 5 knots


Dolphins! A big pod of very small dolphins as we passed in the area of the Desertas Islands. Ella was to distracted checking the water turbulence made by the boat moving from the stern.

15.00 - 1 Reef Jib, full Mainsail

Coordinates 32º10’892N 016º17’064W


Heading: 150 degrees

Wind speed: 4BF

Wind direction: 60 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 95%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 999

Sea state: 1 metre waves, 8 sec period, confused seas ocean swell from northwest with waves from southwest

SOG: 6.5 knots


This is the second line of mini squalls for the day, first one was a bit smoother but did bring rain.

This one had a few gusts of 18 knots, still gentle in the end. Proper rain this time.


18.50 - Full sails - finally outside the squalls line

Coordinates 31º51’283N 015º58’817W


Heading: 153 degrees

Wind speed: 4BF

Wind direction: 60 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 40%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1003

Sea state: 0.5 metre waves, 8 sec period, calm seas with ocean swell from northwest

SOG: 6.5 knots

22.15 - Full sails

Coordinates 31º36’310N 015º44’091W


Heading: 145 degrees

Wind speed: 3BF

Wind direction: 50 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 40%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1004

Sea state: calm seas

SOG: 5.5 knots


End of John night watch from 7pm dinner time until 10pm (local time)


03.20 - Full sails

Coordinates 31º16’890N 015º24’357W


Heading: 150 degrees

Wind speed: 3BF

Wind direction: 50 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 40%

Visibility: 80%

Sea state: calm seas

SOG: 5 knots


End of Ana’s night watch from 10pm until 4.20am (local time)



07.10 - Full sails

Coordinates 30º58’794N 015º09’896W


Heading: 148 degrees

Wind speed: 3BF

Wind direction: 60 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1007

Sea state: calm seas

SOG: 6.5 knots


End of John’s second night watch from 4.20am until 8am (local time)


12.25 - Full sails

Coordinates 30º33’755N 014º45’370W


Heading: 145 degrees

Wind speed: 3BF

Wind direction: 60 degrees starboard (southwest)

Cloud coverage: 50%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1005

Sea state: calm seas

SOG: 6.5 knots


16.40 - Mainsail and engine

Coordinates 30º02’205N 014º21’255W


Heading: 140 degrees

Wind speed: 2BF

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1004

Sea state: calm seas

SOG: 6 knots


Just by sunset the wind died.

00.00 - Mainsail and engine

Coordinates 29º38’207N 013º56’646W


Heading: 150 degrees

Wind speed: 1BF

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 80%

Barometer: 1009

Sea state: calm seas

SOG: 5.5 knots


End of John’s first night watch from 9.45pm until 1am (local time).

Really funny bioluminescence activity on our stern, caused by the propeller it looks the boat is farting lights!

Engine at 1600RPM to arrive with daylight.

Can already see the lights of Lanzarote on the horizon.


03.30 - Full sails for 30min

Coordinates 29º22’300N 013º42’772W


Heading: 140 degrees

Wind speed: 2/3BF

Cloud coverage: 20%

Visibility: 70%

Barometer: 1009

Sea state: calm seas

SOG: 4.5 knots


Wind filled a bit but kept dropping. Sails flapping.

Furled the Jib again and motored through.

Engine at 1600RPM to arrive with daylight.


05.30 - Drooped Mainsail and kept motoring

Coordinates 29º16’591N 013º38’476W


Heading: 140 degrees

Wind speed: 1BF

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 80%

Sea state: calm seas

SOG: 4.5 knots


Engine at 1600RPM to arrive with daylight.

Approaching La Graciosa Island.

07.15 - Arrival to Playa Francesca, Isla La Graciosa, Canary Islands, Spain

Coordinates 29º13’047N 013º31’813W

Total hours of the trip: 46h

Total hours sailing: 35h

Total hours motoring: 10.5h

Total hours motor-sailing: 0.5h

Maximum Speed Over Ground: 10.5knots

Average Speed: 5.8knots

Distance: 272 nautical miles


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