Andalucia

by Adrian on September 11, 2010

We’ve now been at sea for just over 2 1/2 days continuing westwards on our race to southwest Portugal.

We have a weather window created by a little low off the north west of Africa that is pulling air out of the med in a westerly direction. For us, this easterly wind is giving us a downwind sail hopefully all the way through Gibraltar and across to Lagos.

Last night we reached mainland Spain after finally leaving the Balearics. We passed Cartegena where we were storm bound for a week on our journey into the Med four years ago and have continued south west to Almeria where we have turned and are now heading just about due west along the coast of Andalucia.

We’ve had some pretty strong winds so far, last night’s peaking at 32 knots – fortunately downwind! We’re currently zooming along under our big red Twistle sail in 15-20 knots of wind doing 7.5 knots – which is pretty exhilarating.

All the big ships are 20 miles to our south in the shipping lanes – so all is good at the moment…

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