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.

Questions & Answers

Puerto Calero

Lanzarote

Sunday

Hi Jude,

Thanks for the questions! When we were yacht hunting the basic criteria we were looking at were for an ocean capable boat of between 45-50 feet, of medium to heavy displacement (more comfortable than a light boat, less likely to fall to bits) but with enough sail area to make her sail well. I looked at dozens of boats all over Europe but inspiration was in very short supply before we came across Cherubino. It’s fair to say that because we had previously owned her sistership we immediately felt a strong affinity with her. She’s massively strong and correspondingly heavy but carries a lot of sail to keep her going even in relatively light winds. The interior layout and finishes are improvements on our last boat and although we’ve had to do quite a lot to make ready for long ocean passages I think buying the sister of our last boat could reasonably described as ‘lovely serendipity’.

As far as getting going is concerned, it’s a question of waiting for a decent bit of wind from the NE to get us away from the Canaries and down to where the trade winds blow strong and true – down at around latitude 20N, or about 600M South of where we are now. I’m to be found each morning looking at the output from various on-line weather prophets, purring at the ones who tell me what I want to hear and snarling at those with less welcome predictions. Originally I’d hoped to set off on Monday (25th) but with a flat calm forecast for Mon/Tue it looks like Wednesday – we’ll keep you posted.

Tom