Arrived in the Canary Islands this morning, the city of Santa Cruz on
the Island of Tenarife. This is near the airport when Alice and Kim
arrive on Oct 28. It was a very gentle crossing with no winds over 10
We were 4 days in Azores at a good dock, so we got a nice rest and
enjoyed the food, the people and a wonderful Island. We were unable to
get work done on the boat because the bottom paint we needed had to be
shipped by boat from Lisbon and would take 2 weeks. - We did clean the
boat, laundry and small repairs and fuel up 1706 liters for 1959 NM from
Nuuk. Fuel here $1.12 Ca per liter. Food and wine cheaper than home.
Left Azores Oct 15 shortly before dark. 4 nights and 3 days to Madeira.
We don't mind going at night because we get enough sleep for the most
part and we prefer to arrive at a new place in the morning. This gets
us through immigration etc and situated either at a dock or anchored
with plenty of daylight to spare. Our first 24 hours was fairly rough
but wind slacked and we had a nice trip.
No dock space at Madeira, but a good anchorage with a short distance to
row to shore. After sorting things out we cleared in and had a big
breakfast. Walked a bit about town, got drenched in rain then bought an
umbrella and hired a taxi for an Island tour which was great. Very busy
tourism here but nice, lovely people. Warmer yet here, we love it. Oct
20 check email again, get more money, all Euros now. Got some new
fishing line because we must have grabbed a big one that took line,
lures and everything. Boys got souvenir wine and rum etc., another big
meal then, up anchor at 16:20z to fetch the Canaries.
At Madeira we were as far east as we will get for some time. We will go
4,000 nm south now, 68 degrees of latitude, before easting very much
more. We turned around 15 miles south of the Bering Strait on July 31st
at 169 degrees west and are now at 17 degrees west, we've come east 152
degrees, or 42% the way around the world longitudinally.
Calm weather and flat seas, 2 nights and 1 day to Canaries from Funchal,
Madeira. Lost our fishing tackle again, but no fish. Not as much rain
here and not as much green, but a lovely place. We hope to get work
done here, bottom paint gone from ice, railing bent against icebreaker
and canopy torn off in a storm. But the main excitement about the
Canaries is Alice and Kim are coming for a visit. We have missed them
and we won't let Alice work while she is here.
Thank you everyone for your cheers and prayers, it's nice to have you as
companions on our expedition.