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Captains Log
december 10

Hi Friends,

The first trip around the Cabo Verde Islands is almost done. It was a splendid experience. The differences between these islands are striking. Sal and Boa Vista are rather low desert like. There is tourisme development because of their beaches and wave surfing possibilities. The sun does his tropical duty, but a fresh wind helps to make it all not too hot. The tourisme industry does not affect the whole islands. Most Cape Verdians do life their normal life. To grow crops is not easy on every island, but their coast are rich with fish. Local fishery is very small scaled, often just a small boat with oars, but the catches look very good. We see a lot of Tuna Barracuda and Dorades. When the fishing vessels return it get’s crowded on the beach. Selling fish makes a lot of noise and it is a very nice scene to observe. I guess the Cabo Verdians eat way more fish than meat.

All these islands are of volcanic origin. Some are old and almost disappeared. Fogo still is an active volcano. Santiago, Sao Vicente and Sao Antao are quite mountainous. Sao Antao and Santiago are high enough to catch some rain from the trade winds. The soil is fertile and it is nice to see the crops grow over there. On Sao Antao you have stunning views if you are lucky enough with the visibility.

Mindelo on Sao Vicente is vivid town. Since sail was replaced by steam there was an important British bunkering station. Plenty of bars and music here.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Harry




december 3

Hi friends

Yesterday morning we left Palmeira on Sal and sailed south southwest. Nice wind at the quarter between BF 3 and 5. A little after midnight we could see the contoures of the north of Santiago. At 02.00 we dropped anchor off Tarrafal. In the morning, with the daylight we discovered the beauty of this part of the island. Our guests went on a guided tour all over the island with busses. Marco did send his drone in the air again. Pictures will follow shortly. Tomorrow we set sail to Mindelo on Sao Vicente.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Harry




November 26

Hi Friends,

Thursday morning and just 25 miles to go to Sal. Wim from Gent is steering more melancholy, aware of his last day at sea. We see more and more flying fishes. Some swarms of over 100 pieces. And yesterday after so many days of fruitless fishing and loss of equipment, the boys hooked up a 8 kg Dorade. What a joy. I saw adults crying. In the afternoon we will be at anchor near Palmeira. I bit of swimming, nice cool drinks while Mathias tries his best recipes on the fish for tonight's meal.

Greetings,

Harry




November 24

Hi Friends,

A northeaster BF 5 to 6 is realy helping us forward to the Cabo Verdes. No new tuna's on the fishing department dispite all efforts. As a squit ended on deck between the Canaries when a wave broke on our foredeck, here approaching the Cabo Verdes the first flying fish flew himself to death on our superstructure.
Today the weather was a little cloudy with some shower development, getting a little gusty now and then. It is almost full moon. We sail with topsails and topgallants, outer jig and lower staysail, all good for 8 to 10 knots. With the extra freezers we have enough food on board. One by one the crewmembers cook in a sort of culinair competition.
ETA Sal 26th 1200.




November 19

Hello Friends,

We arrived at Tenerife! Tomorrow we welcome a few new guests on board who will join us for the last week to Sal. It's sunny and 24 degrees, not bad at all!

Today we have a new island of Cape Verde in the spotlight: Santo Antão. The island is considered the most beautiful island of the archipelago. It is also the greenest and most fertile. With the ferry from Mindelo we go to Santo Antão and let a taxi bus take us to the edge of the volcanic crater. From this point we take a walk down to Ribeira Grande. The variations in the landscape and the breathtaking views make this a walk to never forget.

 

 

kind regards,

Harry

 




November 17

Hi Friends,

The winds did veer from the North to the Northeast. This morning after sunrise we gibed to steer for the south. We did it after sunrise because we had quite some sail on that had to be taken away before the gibe. We lowered the Top stunsl and the Jemmy Green on the bowsprit. Swing in the Whisky boom on SB and swing out on PS.
Most crew is going tropical with a drastic haircut. The tuna's are hesitating in the biting department. No catch in the last 24 hours. Mood still good. Song of the day is Nostradamus.

Kindest regards,

Harry




November 16

Hi Friends,

Monday the 16th of November almost noon. We are 180 miles east of Madeira. Weather fine, wind 8 to 10 knots from the north. Speed between 5 and 6 knots.
This morning's catch was the third little tuna fish. All well on boar, good mood, good food. ETA Tenerife the 18th at 2100.

Kindest regards,

Harry




november 14

Hi Friends,


Saturday 14th noon and we are 200 miles southwest of Lissabon. Now the wind is very weak and we need the engine dead slow to help us up to the 5 knots speed.
The swell made us roll violently this night but it is slowing down as well to a friendly rolling. During the day plenty of sun shine and the nights are quite warm as well. So far no success with fishing. From the mast we saw tuna fish and some dolphins at a distance and just an hour ago we were followed by a whale. This was the first time I could really see her back.

Kindest regards,

Harry




November 15

Hi Friends,

Another sunny Atlantic day. During the night the wind fell asleep and we took away all sails and run by engine. After sunrise a 2 to 3 Beaufort from the North picked up so we could stop the engine and set sail. Now we run 5 knots under full squares and the fore top stunsail. The first two tuna fishes did bite our hooks. 5km deep water and still frequently dolphins at our bow. We are a little ahesd of our shedule so that isa relaxed sailing. Watertanks full. The new water maker makes me happy.

Kindest regards,

Harry




November 13

Hi Friends,Bye bye Portugal

After an interesting day in Lisbon and the last guest returning on board early this morning, we heaved the anchor and left Cascais under sail. The wind NNE 3 to 4 was nice to start with. Later in this sunny day it increased to 5 BF and we speeded up to 10 knots. Now, in the evening we have BF 4 and a speed of 8 knots. The swell is 3 meter and most of these waves friendly. The mood is cheerful and we do a lot of maintenance. Bert and Marie started The Morgenster Internal Ocean Going Newspaper.

Kindest regards

Harry




November 11

Hi Friends,

It is wednesday morning the 11th of November. At sunrise a very hesitating little breeze picked up from the North Norteast so we did set all the squares and the stun'sels. At a dilicious motorless 4 knots we enjoy the lovely sunshine. At last sailing again.

Greetings

Harry




November 10

Hello Friends,

Yesterday we left the Bay of Biscay. There was little wind but still a swell that slowed us down. Today along the Spanish coast we made more progress. Swell still quite high but more friendly shaped. Temperatures are rising and the sun shines with convincing power.
Today we are motor sailing and we expect to run under sail alone by tomorrow. The fun stop is scheduled now for the day after tomorrow in Lisbon.
With the more friendly swell we pick up the maintenance. There is a tent under construction to shelter the aft deck for the Cabo Verdes sun.
Food is good and so is the mood.

Kindest regards,

Harry




Monday morning 9th of November.

We run on moderate engine power through the southern part of the Bay of Biscay. Most of the time we are accompanied by a flock of rather small but lively dolphins. We see a lot of Whale fountain but the whales themselve stay well below.
No wind farms here, no traffic separation systems, what a space.
Tomorrow we schedule in a fun stop at the Spanish north west coast. And than off for Madeira hopefully wind driven.

Greeting from Morgenster,

Harry




November 8

Hi Everybody,

On Sunday the 1sth of November we departed from Rotterdam with 19 persons on board, waved out by a lot of family and friends. 79 years old Harry was waved out near Hook of Holland again. We expected to have a wintery passage, but it looked more like springtime. Little wind though. On the river we familiarized the new crew members and aroud 1300 we were on the slight North Sea. The visibility went up and down.
On Monday morning we passed Dover with a visibility of 3 miles, so we just could not see the coast clearly. And than the wind picked up from the southeast. Under full canvas we reached a nice speed, sometimes tipping 11 knots. In the early morning we reached Cap de la Hague with the eb tide running. We sailed the Alderney Race and than between Sark and Herm and south along Guernsey. We passed Guernsy in less than 48 hours after depsrture from Rotterdam.
Further west the wind decreased.
Tuesday night we passed the Chenal Dufour. We arranged a rendez vous in Brest on Thursday to pick up our bosun Mathias. So were were way too early. Well, wy do we not go a little further to Douarnenez? There we did meet the Sailin Vessel Nordlys for repair in the dry dock. She was run over at anchor by a fishing vessel two weeks before, on her very maiden trip. We had a nice night at anchor there. Lambert and Carl from Nordlys passed by with a lot of bottles of local cidre, that did not survive the night. Nordlys is almost ready to sail again and we wish her better luck this time.
At anchor at Douarnenez Marce did some test flight with his drone. You can see some results on Morgenster VOF Facebook page.

Thursday morning we weighed anchor at 0800 and sailed with a lot of drizzle in a southerly wind force 7 to Brest, along with La Belle Poule, however we could only see her on the AIS.

In Brest we got some mecanics on board to fix the big outboard engine of the RIB. She needed some maintenance anyway and there was fuel trouble because of bugs. Now she runs like new.
In the meantime Mathias arrived. A southwesterly 7 to 8 BF made us hesitate to depart. We postponed it to Saturday the 7th of November and were rewarded with the stopping of that continuous rain.
The wind turned to west and we sailed through de Raz de Sein and southeast into the Biscay to anticipate the southeasterly wind that was predicted.
Today Sunday noon we are almost halfway across the Bay. Foreseen fun stops at North Spain and Madeira.

Greetings from all us 20 now having a great time,

Harry




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