Blue water cruising

7 on board a 1990 cat, or quite simply, the pleasure of sailing!

Published on 18 may 2017 at 0h00

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Our Favorite Destinations

Balearics: We liked these islands because of the climbing, with some spots right over the water. We also enjoyed the long walking tracks.   

Canaries: La Graciosa turned out to be the jewel in the early part of our trip. With hindsight, we could have stayed there a bit longer, but we were too curious about what was coming up next! Idyllic beaches and anchorages, meeting other boats on long journeys, surfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, walking on the volcano and a little village a few kilometers away. To the south, Lobos which is opposite Corralejo, isn’t bad either, although the anchorage is less comfortable and further from the beach.   

Cape Verde: We spent 3 months here, mainly at Sal and Boa Vista, then around some of the northern islands. The islands aren’t generally ideal for coastal navigation. There’s a lot of wind, usually more than 30 knots and gusts of 50 to 60 knots in between or downwind of the islands. There are very few natural places to shelter. Between the waves whipped up by the east wind, and the Atlantic swell from the west, sheltered anchorages are rare, and going ashore in the dinghy can be pretty lively!  Most cruisers will only stop for a short time before crossing the Atlantic for the relative comfort of the West Indies. The reason that we stayed longer in Cape Verde, was because of the exceptional wind and wave conditions. Although desert-like and with no tourist interest, the west coast of the island of Sal has ...

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