Had planned to stay longer in Madeira to enjoy some hikes with Richard and Fiona but the Gribfiles once more indicated that Wednesday 31st October would be a very good weather window for our passage to Agadir in Morocco. Thereafter there would be stronger winds and rain in Madeira and head winds.
So checked out and by 1130 hrs had left our mooring alongside the wooden government boat,
topped up with diesel at the fuel dock just in front of us
and were on our way
The weather was better than expected as we sailed past the eastern tip of Madeira - had expected many rain showers - which luckily did not materialise
The Islas Desertas to the south of us
far more blue sky than expected, but quite a nasty swell which made life less than pleasant for some of the crew. The wind was more consistently sailable than predicted - we expected to be broad / beam reaching wich we were, but we expected too little wind to be able to sail. - but for much of the trip we had a superb 4 to 5 Bft wind from the SW .
The joys of night sailing at full moon
AIS once more a reassuring aid - during our passage, called up 4 ships on VHF 16 who were on a collision course who agreed to alter cours for us
Everyone back in good spirits and enjoying being on the ocean
At this point had 6 ships on AIS and were in a pincer action between two ships who were on reciprocal courses with us the piggy in the middle
Dawn breaking over the African coast
As we approeached Morocco, the wind came round to the south as forecast and we were sailing hard on the wind
The last 36 miles we lost the wind and had to motor - however as the swell had reduced to a ripple,it was very pleasant - and a pod of dolphins entertained us for a while
life is good
Richard raises Moroccan courtesey flag
a hive of activity - Ipads and long splicing
the old Kasbah on the hill to the west of the harbour - the only original buildings left standing after the devastating earthquake of 1960 which flattened Agadir
Safely moored in Agadir Marina by 1500hrs on Saturday 3rd November. In the previous few days there had been a lot of rain in Agadir which had washed a lot of smelly rubbish into the harbour. We were initially put in too small a box together with a small motor boat - not very satisfactory with the surge in the harbour. However, the very pleasant thoughtful Hassan and other marina staff arranged for us to go to this roomy berth the next day - where we can keep ourselves off both fingers - excellent.
- total distance covered 403 Nautical Miles in 76 hours , average speed 5.3 knots, motored 21 hours