Our journey South continues and we left Maderia on 1st October. A few photos – now all labelled up as my use of technology improves. Given the late arrival of the boat we were very relieved to reach Tenerife in time to start the rally across the Atlantic. We will have done 1300 miles in 3 hectic weeks.
Finally crossed Biscay! No photos of that as not really a photo moment – big seas and winds. Philippe and Jon Luc, our French skippers certainly knows how to do Biscay and were great. Now well rested and motoring in glorious sunshine just of La Corunna and actually we would love a bit more wind! A bit of mending this morning on the boom brake and Julian’s tools came into their own. There are many of them, but I am told you cannot have too many! Should be round Cape Finisterre this evening and heading South.
Storm Ophelia and her mates are slowing our progress across Biscay and onto the Canaries. We have had a successful 24 hr trip with our French crew from Cherbourg to Camaret sur Mer where we were storm bound. Julian and I then took the boat onto Concarneau where we are again storm bound. Moored with the fishing boats so hopefully some excellent fish tomorrow. The weather is very changeable but we think there is an opportunity to cross Biscay early next week. It is all a little frustrating but all is well and the boat performing.
We left Cherbourg in A Capella of Belfast yesterday at 17:00 in glorious sunshine. Our destination is Madeira although bad weather this coming week may mean we have to wait in port for better winds. All seems wonderful so far.
We walked 70 miles from Dale to Strumble Head camping as we went. This is a fabulous coastline but distinctly unfriendly to boats. Sadly it was a very foggy day when we passed Ramsey sound, and we were unable to see the Island, and so not able to study the fierce tidal streams from the safety of land.
We had to return home to sell the electric car. A fond fare well, but something else off the list of jobs.