Last week the wind continued to blow 25 to 30 knots all week, until the last day when it was finally down enough to anchor at Papagayo with everyone else! The windsurfers and kitesurfers were out in force enjoying the waves.
Its finally due to settle down this week, just in time for our last trip based here in Lanzarote, then on to the coastal milebuilders, before settling down to a series of long ocean passages.
Hello from a blustery Lanzarote. It is fair to say that for January the weather in Lanzarote has been rather blustery with a good deal of rain! Not good if you are on a land based holiday but on Velvet Lady with the right oilskins fantastic for a sailing holiday. Two weeks running we have had days with 35 – 45 knots of wind and we have stayed in the harbour – when we were on the water we regularly had 20 – 30 knots. Velvet Lady picked up her skirts and took off at 8 knots giving us 157 miles for the week.
Very pleased this week to see some old friends amongst the new faces, with guests returning for their fifth and sixth times. Lots of laughs to cheer us up in the unseasonally cold weather.
Lin and Richard would like to wish all of our guests a Happy New Year. In 2018 we are looking forward to welcoming a lot of old friends as well as meeting new ones aboard Velvet Lady. Lots of great sailing adventures coming your way soon
After watching the start of the Volvo Ocean race we had a great sail from Lisbon down to Vilamoura and some time to explore along the Algarve coast, not quite at the same speed that the Volvo boats go, more a sedate 6 knots in light winds!
After a quick lift out and bottom scrub followed by new coat of antifouling we are ready again to head off to Lanzarote today.
Well after cruising in Galicia there was a quick dash to do the clean up and then Lin and Rich set off on their own sprint to get to Cascais in time to watch the Volvo boats sail past the Oeiras gate on the way up to Lisbon.
We are often asked what the weather is going to be like for a passage, our passage was 40 hours long and in that we had a real mixed bag – so here is a precis from our log
Flat calm on departing from Sanxenxo but with 5 metre left over swell it was quite rolly polly.
Light airs from the north, not enough to sail but good for a bit of motor sailing.
These light airs shifted to the west giving us enough wind to sail slowly so motor off.
The light airs shifted to the south west – allowing us to create a little extra apparent wind and we started to speed up under full sail.
25 knots from the due south, just as we were serving dinner and confused wind over tide sea, lots of reefing. Velvet Lady heeled over and raced along at 7 knots, shame it was in the wrong direction
No wind, calm seas, sails flapping all over the place so time to start the motor again
Out of nowhere, great wind from the east allowing us to charge down the rhum line at 8 knots with full sail
as we approached Cabo de Roca, lunch time, strong SE winds so reefing again and then a beat the last 15 miles to Cascais.
The only thing we didnt have was a gale
The answer to what weather can you expect on an ocean passage – anything if that was what we could have on a short 40 hour sprint!!
As well as sailing and reefing we were busy keeping a look out. This part of the coast is famous for numerous small fishing boats that come charging towards you like bullets
All sorted – time to head out and look for the Volvo Ocean Race boats