posted on Mar, 28 2004 @ 10:30 PM
Well, today begins the final and longest leg of the voyage, approximately 2700 nautical miles on the direct route (which we will not be taking as the
first segment is to drive south to leave the Horse Latitudes and the potential to get SW winds behind and get into the trade wind belt. This requires
that we get to a latitude of between 15 and 20 deg south, about 450 miles south of where we now are.
The weather information (GRIB files) downloaded by email show a low heading in the direction of the Canaries with the possibility of SW winds. So the
strategy remains to go south first, west second.
We picked up a third crew, Brian Heald, at Tenerife, yesterday, did the provisioning and had a last restaurant meal. Brian and I talked about my
getting the boat about 18 months ago and he said he would like to make the trip, so here he is. Little experience but after the first mate, sailing
master and bosun Brian gets finished with him, he will be a professional (I can hear the lesson going on up on deck). A little different dynamic with
three aboard but I for one am looking forward to 4 hours on and 8 off, instead of 4 and 4. Showing my age.
It was a little hard to get much of an impression of Tenerife in 24 hours, mostly focused on getting the boat ready to go again. The people seem much
more happy and relaxed than in Spain and Portugal (could it be the climate?). Very Spanish though with the evening strolls, and cafe/bars. The
appearance of Santa Cruz, where we berthed, was that of a vibrant but a little scruffy seaport city. I quite liked it.
Well, that is it for now.
Sunny, warm, light wind, hardly a cloud. Pray for wind (from the right direction please, anything with a N in it will be fine).
Lat 28 deg 20 min N, Long 16 deg, 17 min W.