So many exciting moments, not least of which was the arrival in 40 knots of apparent wind to Lanzarote (Canary Islands) and docking in 30 knots of wind. After deciding the strong winds were going to continue, we committed to docking, and turned into the harbor. There were about 10 people on the dock to help secure us. Our adrenaline was definitely flowing. Captain Jan docked like the pro he is.
While I haven’t climbed Everest, my understanding is that reaching base camp is an accomplishment unto itself. That’s kind of how I feel about arriving in the Canary Islands after sailing 1,250 nautical miles through the Western Med and along the coast of North West Africa. It marks the end of the beginning.
In Gibraltar, we explored for a few days in La Linea, Spain, just North of the Gibraltar-Spain border, until the weather improved. We met some interesting world-cruising sailors, enjoyed great meals in La Linea, walked across the border and Gibraltar’s airport runway into downtown Gibraltar and climbed the rock.
Tomorrow, with great excitement and anticipation, we begin our 2,775 nautical mile crossing to St. Martin. This is the best time of year to enjoy the prevailing trade winds blowing from east to west. You can follow our progress on the top right link at http://www.saildavali.com. Next post from St. Martin!!!