First roller coaster of a day

Position: 27 18’N. 016 37’W.

Wind: E 15 knots

It has been a real rollercoaster since we left Lanzarote. We motored for the first five hours but winds then filled in enough for us to sail round top of Gran Canaria and then south, leaving Tenerife to starboard during the night. We decided not to refuel but have pushed on and now we are finally clear of the islands and the confused seas and accelerated winds they produce.

We are now broad reaching at around 7 knots, which is comfortable.

Crew morale certainly improving. Both girls have been terribly seasick for a good 24 hours but am hoping they’re just coming through. Ginger nuts and tangerine segments in small quantities have been requested. In the depths of their sadness we were visited by dolphins at sunset yesterday and again this morning. This morning they stayed with us for well over an hour, playing under the bow, surfing down waves and generally putting on a spectacular show to cheer up the crew.

We also had an incredible view of Mount Tiede at dawn this morning, a towering mountain even at 40 miles away. Never seen the like.

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