Cape Verde is an archipelago of about ten islands located west of Senegal.
The entrance for sailboats could be done in Praia (Santiago Island), Mindelo (Sao Vincente Island) or Palmeira (Sal Island) which is our arrival destination.
Contrary to Praia or Mindelo, Palmeria is a small city. Life is peaceful, people caring and helpful. The official language is Portuguese. Few people speak English and even less French, which doesn’t...
The entry for a sailboat, in Senegal, is in Dakar or Ziguinchor in Casamance.
At Dakar, the entrance is the “Cercle de Voile de Dakar”. A few years ago, it was a very important place for the navigators where around 100 sailing boats arrived in the Hann bay. Today, only 20 boats are there.
Political and economical situations during last few years could explain this situation, the majority of the people who go across the Ocean Atl...
We leave "Playa Papagayo" in the south of Lanzarote island, bound to Dakar.
The navigation, around 1000 nautic miles (1800 km), is planned to last 7 to 10 days depending on weather conditions.
Winds are good in direction and intensity, the sea is a little bit shaped, with waves between 1.5 and 2 meters but in the right direction for the next 5/7 days, and then the wind will decrease as we get south.
Cultural start for Ourialys'crew. After two days of sailing, a break is needed !! Stop in Carthagene. This city has known several lives: the Roman era with thetheater in the middle of the buildings, city platform exchange of fragrance, Arabic city ... The ultra modern architecture clashes with the dosks and the Roman ruins ... amazing mix ... we walked around the streets, found that as in most major cities it is an alternation...
After 34 hours of sailing a little more difficult than expected: 30 knots of wind and waves of more than 2 meters, the boat performed well (excellent preparation: thank you Philippe), the crew was good with a bonus visit of dolphins on the bow.
We arrived at night which is not our preference: the fear of touching, of not seeing an obstacle. So we took a buoy to avoid throwing anchor.