Well, there’s no wind at all this morning and precious little forecast for tomorrow so we’re staying put until Wednesday morning, busily laying in provisions (four PotNoodles per head per day for a month?), checking systems mechanical and electrical and occasionally wondering wether it might not have been more sensible to stick to an annual cruise to Ostend and back.
Our course will take us down the East coast to Papagayo Point (the SE corner of Lanzarote) into the Estrecho de la Bocayana which separates Lanza from Fuerteventura. Then we’ll sail a little South of West to pass North of Grand Canaria and towards the Southern tip of Tenerife then, leaving the Canaries astern, in the direction of a more or less arbitrary spot at 25N20W near the Endeavour Bank where the seabed rises from a couple of miles deep to just 150m. The best trade winds to blow us West are found (roughly) between latitudes 5N and 20N so the old saw runs that you should sail South from the Canaries until the butter melts then turn West. I’m hoping up cut the corner a bit, hopefully shaving a few miles of the 3000 odd that lat between us and Martinique.
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.
Hey welcome to my blog I’m just going to tell you what’s been happening. We have been really busy exploring Lanzarote. Lanzarote is in the Canary Islands (which means canine in latin) and has loads of volcanoes. We went on a camel ride up a volcano it was absolutely amazing. We’ve been on lots of long hikes and plenty of museum trips. I’ve realised how much I miss the cold, wet climate of England because here is like a huge, scorching, volcanic desert. I start home school on Monday which I’m really excited about it. It’s been really hot recently and I’ve been lounging round in the hammock listening to the hunger games on my iPad. We have visited Timanfaya national park and stumbled upon many lizards . In Lanzarote they speak Spanish so me and my family are practicing this language. This island has black sand as the lava has dried and disintegrated . I hope you will read my blog again.
Over the last couple of days we have been exploring the wonders of Lanzarote.
Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, located off the west coast of Africa. This Spanish island has a volcanic landscape and black sand, which is millions of years old lava! I have visited plenty of attractions such as Playa Blanca, where we watched towering waves and the capital Aricefe.
Dora and I have also explored the inactive volcanoes on camel back, visited the Timanfaya National Park where we discovered everything you need to know about volcanoes, hiked along the coast and we have been swimming to see the dried lava which has sunk into the sea.
Life on board has been a change to everyday life but there are a few perks, such as brilliant sunsets and plenty of new friends.
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Cherubino is currently in Lagos with Tom. She’s had a new tow generator fitted and the sun is shining.