Hola! We are now in Nazare in Portugal. It is famous for the largest surf waves in Europe. My is trying to catch the dreaded 30m surfbreak. Along the way from Belgium to here we have stopped in innumerable harbours, some nice and some very nice. Belgium was like the Netherlands, flat, cold and rainy with headwinds as usual but once we crossed into France and the English channel the weather finally cleared up and we had good winds and sunshine along the beautiful French coast, a huge improvement compared to the terrible Norths Sea. We found a decent weather window to cross Biscay. The choice was no wind or slightly too much wind so being very tired of motoring all the time we chose the latter. To make matters more interesting we were in a hurry to cross because a late arrival to Spain would mean way too much wind. We set most of our sails and just bombed down to La Coruna in Spain, the best distance was 165nm in 24h. We had to spend almost all the time indoors due to some waves break
Deep in the Caribbean Since Christmas we have been cruising the Caribbean and stopped everywhere. This is actually our third seasons in the Caribbean, we did 2 seasons there on our last circ umnavigation, but we are still finding a lot of new places and things. Instead of the normal chronological stuff I'll just post some random things here. One thing that gives me a lot of pleasure is lobstering. On our last circumnavigation I just caught a few lobsters but now I'm the terror of the crustacean population. :D Lobster BBQ Look at that BEAST! (the lobster is nice too) Champagne bottle for scale In the Grenadines the girls found the tortoise island (Baliceaux) and started a farm. Collecting the livestock Managing the farm We visited some nice beaches. This is the girls looking at some wild horses that lived on the beach in Barbuda. How is that for Paradise!?! Only wild animals in this picture In Cuba the girls finally realised a life long dream of riding in a pink car. PIIINK!
Portugal to the Caribbean Oh man did we have some adventures on this stretch! So as you might know there have been some Orcas that attack yachts along the Spanish and Portuguese Atlantic coast. In general the Orcas attack and destroy the rudder of yachts, a costly and slow thing to fix that could well mean the premature end of an atlantic crossing. When we were planning our next stop after Nasare. we heards that the Orcas were attacking boats just in the next port south of us. So we decided to sail straight for Madeira and thereby avoid the orcas. So we set the autopilot to take us straight out into the atlantic. At sunset we heard a Mayday on the VHF from a boat just where we would have been if we continued south instead of twest. The Orcas had stuck again! Later we heard the boat was towed back to shore with a destroyed rudder. After this we had a lovely sail to Porto Santo (close to Madeira) and had a great time for a couple of weeks. < Mountaineering in Porto Santo Then we sail