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Santa Cruz de Tenerife

July 31, 2015


As always we left our quiet marina this morning with a nice forecast. In fact the wind was actually southwest for a while. We where heading for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 40 nm north of San Miguel Marina. Heading north/northwest this time of the year is almost guaranteeing heading against the trade winds. Well, we enjoyed the two hours of downwind sailing. After turning around the south tip of Tenerife we got the “standard treat”. In addition to 30-40 knots winds against the nose we had a 1-2 knot current against the wind creating a chaotic wave pattern. We confess – we motored against this nightmare of waves. Honestly we are actually very grateful having a traditional full keel / skeg / rudder design in addition to an 160 hp engine. Making 6 knots on average speed over ground in these conditions is actually very impressive.

We are now safely moored at Santa Cruz Marina, looking forward to sightseeing tomorrow.

From → Sailing Notes

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