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2022-12-17>23 Passito Blanco, Gran Canaria, Canaries, Spain > Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde

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Local time (Cape Verde ) - 1.00


Day 1 (2022-12-17)

08.35 - Departure from Passito Blanco -  Engine on

Coordinates 27º44’781N 015º37’150W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 1BF

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1015

Sea state: calm

SOG: 6.5 knots


Motoring to get out of the wind shadow created by the island. This is the area where the acceleration zones from each side of the island meet up creating a pocket of little to no wind if the forecast is of light winds.

According to our friend JP (that is based out of Passito Blanco port) we will have to motor south for two hours before getting into the wind.


Autopilot on.


11.55 - poled Jib and windvane

Coordinates 27º31’731N 015º49’811W


Heading: 210 degrees

Wind Force: 2BF

Wind direction: 150-180 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1015

Sea state: calm

SOG: 2.5 knots


Set up whisker pole for the very first time. Poled the Jib using an extra sheet so we can unpole the Jib without having to come to the foredeck ton release it.

Turned the Hydrovane on. It’s been a few years since the last time we used it. We seem to be having a bit of memory flaw and need the instructions to even remember which direction to move the pendulum to.


Windvane on.

19.20 - Furl Jib -  Engine on

Coordinates 27º12’727N 016º08’592W


Heading: 210 degrees

Wind Force: 3BF

Wind direction: 150-180 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1011

Sea state: rolly

SOG: 6 knots


Slightly annoyed and at the same time satisfied. The forecasted winds didn’t fill in so we could have totally tried to use the Asymmetrical Spinnaker but for that needed to get the furler from the Solent, on the other hand we did managed to squeeze the lemon and sail 26 nautical miles in maybe 7 knots true wind.

Time for dinner.


Autopilot on.


20.40 - Poled Jib

Coordinates 27º06’486N 016º13’335W


Heading: 210 degrees

Wind Force: 3/4BF

Wind direction: 150-180 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1012

Sea state: calm

SOG: 4 knots


Finished dinner, wind filled a tiny bit more so Jib is back on the pole and the windvane in use.

Tenerife traffic is giving a warning on VHF channel 16 regarding a forbidden to any kind of navigation area just northeast of our position, no reason given. We can see maybe two sail boat tricolour lights behind us reasonably far and seems like there might be a sailboat ahead of us roughly 15 nautical miles (seen on radar).


Windvane on.


05.00 - Poled Jib

Coordinates 26º34’135N 016º41’870W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 4/5BF

Wind direction: 120-150 degrees port, ENE

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1015

Sea state: rolly

SOG: 6 knots


Cold night.

John on watch from 9 to 10pm, then from 2am until 5am.

Ana on watch from 10pm until 2am, and again at 5am.

Both of us took littsnoozes in turns around 7am.


During the night wind got to 14-15 knots occasionally gusting all the way up to 20 knots, improving our speed to 6+


Windvane on.



Day 2 (2022-12-18)

08.35 - Poled Jib -  1st 24h done

Coordinates 26º21’260N 016º56’954W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind Force: 5BF

Wind direction: 100-120 degrees port, E

Cloud coverage: 20%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1015

Sea state: rolly with 1.5 meter waves

SOG: 6.5 knots


Daily run:111 nautical miles


Windvane on.


10.45 - Released Jib from pole -  Beam reach

Coordinates 26º16’210N 017º09’484W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 4/5BF

Wind direction: 100 degrees port, ESE

Cloud coverage: 40%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1014

Sea state: rolly

SOG: 6 knots


After persisting sailing with the sail poled we had to give up and release the Jib to sail on a beam reach. Ultimately should have turned the boat to the wind and hoisted the mainsail to get more power and stability.


Windvane on.

18.35 - Furled Jib -  Engine on

Coordinates 25º46’707N 017º40’042W


Heading: 212 degrees

Wind Force: 2BF

Wind direction: 90-150 degrees port, E/NE

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1011

Sea state: calm

SOG: 6.5 knots


Dinner time.

John took the first off watch from 8pm. Tonight we are doing 4h watches.


Autopilot on.


23.00 - Poled Jib


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 4BF

Wind direction: 150-q80 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: calm

SOG: 5.5 knots


Back at sailing with Jib poled.


Autopilot on.


03.10 - Poled Jib

Coordinates 25º08’760N 018º13’505W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 4BF

Wind direction: 150-180 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1015

Sea state: calm

SOG: 5.5 knots


Radar is not showing an AIS target that is within range. Eventually managed to get the details of the vessel, 16ft long and and 3ft wide?? It’s name was "City of Liverpool".


Windvane on.

Day 3 (2022-12-19)

08.35 - Poled Jib

Coordinates 24º45’967N 018º34’520W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 4BF

Wind direction: 120-150 degrees port, E/NE

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1015

Sea state: calm but swell is starting be evident

SOG: 5.5 knots


Windvane on since middle of the night.


The 24h run for this day was 132 nautical miles.

We still are 5 to 6 hours behind our slowest planning.


15.40 - Furl Jib - Engine on 1h

Coordinates 24º21’588N 018º55’374W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 2/3BF

Wind direction: 150-180 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6 knots


Very uncomfortable crossed swell NE and NW.

Autopilot on.


18.30 - Poled Jib and Solent


Wind Force: 3/4BF

Wind direction: 180 degrees, N/NE

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Sea state: swell


Tried Wing on Wing poling both head sails 1h30 roughly.

Jib on Whisker pole and Solent on Boom.


Windvane on.

20.00 - Poled Jib

Coordinates 24º03’528N 019º06’903W


Wind Force: 5BF

Wind direction: 180 degrees, N/NE

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Sea state: swell

SOG: 6 knots


Being the very first time poling two headsails (just less than 2h before) we decided not to leave the Solent poled for the night.


Windvane on.


Day 4 (2022-12-20)

08.35 - Poled Jib - 1 Reef

Coordinates 22º57’125N 019º45’865W


Heading: 208 degrees

Wind Force: 5/6BF

Wind direction: 180 degrees, N/NE

Cloud coverage: 10%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1011

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 7 knots


Windvane on.


The 24h run for this day was 130 nautical miles.

We are still behind our planning.


Around 9h15 we had three huge whales swimming with us for really long time, they only surface to breath so we can only guess their species from what we could tell of them swimming just below the water line. We think it was three Minke Whales because of their shape, colouring and spout.

13.55 - Poled Jib

Coordinates 22º31’307N 020º06’428W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 4/5BF

Wind direction: 150 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1008

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6 knots


Windvane on.


01.35 - Poled Jib - 1 Reef


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 6BF

Wind direction: 150 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1012

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6.5 knots


Windvane on.


05.45 - Poled Jib - 2 Reef

Coordinates 21º22’071N 021º10’360W


Heading: 210 degrees

Wind Force: 6BF

Wind direction: 150 degrees port, NE

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 90%

Barometer: 1012

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6 knots


Autopilot on.


Day 5 (2022-12-21)

08.35 - Poled Jib - 2 Reef

Coordinates 21º10’240N 021º19’788W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind Force: 6BF

Wind direction: 150 degrees port , NE/E

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1012

Sea state: very big swell

SOG: 6 knots


Autopilot on.


The 24h run for this day was 140 nautical miles.

We are still behind our planning.


14.30 - Poled Jib - 1 Reef and 2 Reef 1h later

Coordinates 22º57’125N 019º45’865W


Heading: 220 degrees

Wind Force: 6BF

Wind direction: 150 degrees port, N/NE

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1012

Sea state: very big swell

SOG: 6 knots


Windvane on.


Day 6 (2022-12-22)

08.35 - Poled Jib - Back 1 Reef (shacked 2 Reef 1h earlier)

Coordinates 19º21’756N 023º01’955W


Heading: 210 degrees

Wind Force: 5/6BF

Wind direction: 150 degrees port , NE/E

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1013

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6.5 knots


Windvane on.


The 24h run for this day was 146 nautical miles.

We are still behind our planning, maybe 6h.

10h00 Dolphins! Lots and lots of super fast Atlantic Spotted Dolphins.


13h00 Turtle! My first turtle sighting under passage 150 metres to our stern.


Day 7 (2022-12-23)

08.35 - Poled Jib - Mahi Mahi

Coordinates 17º32’405N 024º30’583W


Heading: 215 degrees

Wind Force: 5BF

Wind direction: 150 degrees port , NE/E

Cloud coverage: 0%

Visibility: 100%

Barometer: 1010

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 4.5 knots


Windvane on.


John caught a Mahi Mahi, unfortunately the second Mahi Mahi must have been much bigger and took our lure.

The 24h run for this day was 141 nautical miles.

We are still behind our planning, after having to slow down to land the Mahi Mahi we decided that 1pm we would motor through to be able to arrive still with daylight.

Winds dropping.


16.39 - Arrived Mindelo, Cape Verde

Coordinates 16º53’061N 024º59’798W


Total hours of the trip: 152h

Total hours sailing: 133h30

Total hours motoring: 12h30

Total hours motor-sailing: 6h

Maximum Speed Over Ground: 11.3 knots

Distance: 849 nautical miles



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