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December 19, 2019

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...

December 9, 2019

AS we are crossing the Atlantic ocean, let's see back what happened in the last three years.

November 20, 2019

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...

October 19, 2019

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.

The first 4/5 days a...

October 15, 2019

Lanzarote : the black island

In the Canary Islands, our only stopover was on the island of Lanzarote, on the way to Senegal.

Like the other islands in the archipelago, Lanzarote is a volcanic island made of a vast land of lava: Montañas del Fuego.

In the national parc of Timafaya, the rangers put branches into lava holes, and the heat is so intense that they catch fire!

There are also many caves to visit, consequence of the m...

September 20, 2019

Direction the Canaries for 4 days of sailing off the Moroccan coast.

The second day of navigation, a smell of cow dung invades our cockpit while we are more than 30 miles from the coast !!

A cargo ship of cattle passes to hundred meters of us! Feeling such a smell in the open sea is simply improbable and even incredible !!

At the sunrise of the third day, we meet a small boat of sinners in action! Always nice to meet sailors whil...

September 20, 2019

Tangier ... very symbolic step in more ways than one.
First, this city represents our first change of continent. We have just left Europe for Africa but also our arrival in the Atlantic Ocean!

After a rich navigation, we arrived around 22:00 at Tanja Marina Bay in Tangier. We were greeted by the staff at the marina and then headed to immigration for the paperwork quickly settled.

Tangier is a city resolutely turned towards the...

September 12, 2019

We left Europe by Gibraltar canal. A little wind but not too muche. Many big heavy boats on our road (let's go by courtsey ;-) ).

Many dolphins, one whale!

We are now arrived in Africa!

September 6, 2019

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...

August 25, 2019

Fornells, Balearic Islands.

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.

Very happy to have...

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