Lisbon to Madeira – 2nd day

There swims a fish wish bloody lips through Atlantic Ocean. His problem actually started because he was strong enough to bend back two of the three hooks on our new 20cm fishing lure. At least he could free him before ending up in sushi rolls. More important is that we are now closer to Morocco’s coast than to European main land. So it seems that we are in Africa, at least geologically. “Hello Africa, here we come, with joyful minds…!”

The night was very dark. It was not possible to distinguish a line between water and the cloudy sky. We felt a bit alone out there. Nightly winds were low again. As our speed dropped below 4 knots for some time we fired up the engine. Around noon the light half wind (straight from the side) still remains at 6 knots. Perhaps this would be the time to hoist the light wind sail. But to be honest, I think that I should stay at the fishing line, and keep the engine going.

Everybody had a good sleep. It seems that we are slowly adapting to the new conditions on the big blue around the clock. This is good news as everybody felt a bit shaky by yesterday evening. We exchanged our morning coffees against vitamin C for the last couple of days. Some say that this helps to avoid sea sickness, and we went well with this recommendation so far.

Apropos ‘big blue’: Do you know why Ocean sailors call themselves ‘blue water sailors’? Having the sun in the back, one can see it, the deeply shining fancy blue color of the water in the open sea. Even though we heard about this marvelous tone of blue and have seen Oceans many times from air planes, we couldn’t imagine how blue it really looks from a boat. Why don’t they paint cars like that? Everybody would want to have one!

And yes, it feels great to be South of Turkey, South of Sicilly, South of Gibraltar. By tomorrow evening, we should even be South of Casablanca! The water gets bluer, and a tasty smell of African herbed chicken escapes from the galley (ships kitchen). Life is so good these days!

At 1550 board time our past 24 hour traveling distance is again 151 nautical miles.

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