Porto Santo

After 5 day in Porto we set off for Porto Santo, to get further south and to meet our friends on sy Capella and sy Star. The weather forecast promised a beam reach and around 20 knots of wind.

Leaving Porto
Towards open waters

We left Porto at first light but instead of a beam reach we where close hauled in 25 knots of wind gusting up to 35 knots and an uncomfortable sea state. Not funny. After a day and a half the wind eased some and shifted into a broad reach, still a lot of squalls with rain and wind.

Closing in on Porto Santo

Even if it was uncomfortable we were doing quite good speed and reached Porto Santo after 4 and a half days, with an average speed of almost 6 knots. We arrived just after dark and anchored close to sy Capella.

Capella, Star behind

It was very windy and we dragged anchor and had to move before we felt safe enough to go to sleep. The next morning we dragged anchor again. The anchorage was very crowded and we did not feel safe so we decided to sail to Madeira instead.

Sailed distance 632,2 nautical miles.