Xerric - On the way to the Caribbean
Fine weather, finally at sea again. Impressive to see this massive fleet streaming out of the harbour. Everything there, from massive parasailors, passat sails to just normal settings. Great. Now the tactics under us come to play: more south, more north, straight west? Perhaps the forecast of the low winds in the west is definitely wrong? On the other hand again: Rock'n Roll, not as hard as after Las Palmas, but quite uncomfortable. We decided for the Westward Ho with boomed GE and a better wave pattern. Went not too bad. Slowly friends disappear, after three days we found nobody on Sight or AIS anymore. In the meantime some fixing (we are on a sailboat), for example as we wanted to start the engine for some charging, there was an unknown noise: Alternator belt loose. Ok, done :-)Day two. read more...
Xerric - Peaceful Atlantic Ocean
How is the ocean like at the moment (23/24.11)? Remarkable blue. The light blue of the sky gives a smooth contrast to the deep blue of the sea, now quite nice and rolling comfortably. There is some peace in it which slowly takes also all the crew members. Everybody and everything is relaxed and in peaceful slow motion. There is nobody seen on the AIS nor on the Horizon. It is just the ocean and us. And finally the blue gennacker goes up pushing us to the Caribbean.(AR). read more...
Xerric - Marina Mindelo
Two nice days of laziness with lots of strolling around in this beautiful town. The people are very charming and helpful. Fine welcome party from the ARC with beautiful dancers and, almost not believable, the secretary of state of Cabo Verde to welcome us. The next days were full of activities: clearing the boat, relaxing in the floating bar, laundry, provisioning update and lots of talking with friends from other boats. And of course a trip round Sao Vicente organised by the ARC, which was very impressive. Well and the problems always occur at last minute. The day before the departure to the Caribbean a diver found the anode of our propeller apart (just half a year old), a new one could not be found. When doing the final engine check we detected that the impeller housing was leaking. A. read more...
Xerric - From Las Palmas Gran Canaria to Mindelo Cabo Verde
At halftime after days with strong waves that felt like they came from all directions rocking the boat quite nicely: The crew were nevertheless happy and proved their fine teamwork by the first catch of the trip: Mahi-Mahi at its best. A large wave threatened to wash the crew and fish off stern but the catch was already safe. So in the evening nice Sashimi followed by a strong and powerful fish soup cheered and strengthened the "Xerricos" for the night in a fabulous way. The next day gave us two more Mahi-Mahi which immediately were turned into fried Fish with potatoes and fresh fish-salad. This helped well for the remaining miles to Mindelo, which were better than the first half but remained bumpy. Finally we had a great arrival in Mindelo Marina.(AR). read more...