Ocean Passage Weather – avoiding Joaquin

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Ocean passages are often more about planning, preparation and thinking than they are about complicated sailing manoeuvres.  On our passage from Plymouth to Vigo last week we sailed 640 miles by the log during which we we tacked once and gybed twice to avoid a fishing boat.  Most of our time was spent studying the weather.  We have HF weatherfax on board and are able to print out weather maps much the same as the one above.  The weather was dominated by Hurricane Joaquin which was heading East across the Atlantic – we wanted to make sure we did not arrive at Cape Finisterre at the same time that it did!

With some good planning – sailing into the Bay of Biscay instead of directly across – and sailing slower than we needed to, we arrived at Cape Finisterre 24 hours after Joaquin and just as the sea was settling down.  Unfortunately we arrived there at the same time as the rain, no wonder Galicia is so green.

Its warm and sunny here now – we’ve been wearing our shorts and t shirts whilst doing jobs on the boat and enjoying a couple of nights at anchor in one of our favourite bays.

At the end of the month we start to head south to Lanzarote for our winter season of real deal sailing holidays. £725 per person fully inclusive on board.  Flights are extra, but there is lots of choice on our Sunday and Thurdsday turn around days.  Our aim is to circumnavigate Lanzarote and spend a day at the tiny island of Graciosa. Why not join us there for a week of winter sunshine and fabulous sailing.  See sailing in the Canaries