The Atlantic passage – day-by-day

Day 1 – 14/1 Left Las Palmas at 16.30 and motored north around La Isleta and towards Tenerife. Light winds from NNW.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=28.12063,-15.40547&ll=28.12063,-15.40547&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 2 – 15/1 Did 90 miles (as the crow flies…) and ran the engine for 12.9 h. I met a catamaran during the night.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=27.68999,-16.9874&ll=27.68999,-16.9874&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 3 – 16/1 Did 79,8 miles. Light winds from SE during the  night.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=26.83728,-18.07161&ll=26.83728,-18.07161&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 4 – 17/1 Did 105 miles and ran the engine for 12 h. The wind died durig the night, so I ran the engine all night.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=25.69797,-19.55212&ll=25.69797,-19.55212&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 5 – 18/1 Did 86 miles and ran the engine for 3 hours. The wind came slowly, but from N and NE, so good going.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=24.75659,-20.73972&ll=24.75659,-20.73972&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 6 – 19/1 Did 112 miles and ran the engine for 8 hours. Light wind so I ran the engine to get further south. Had dophins visiting. I saw a white light and heard voices on the VHF but saw nothing on the radar. (see further down what that was!)

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=23.70042,-22.4228&ll=23.70042,-22.4228&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 7 – 20/1 Did 111 miles. Heard voices on the VHF.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=22.81578,-24.1872&ll=22.81578,-24.1872&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 8 – 21/1 Did 96 miles and ran the engine for 2,7 h. Light wind so I ran the engine.

No SPOT position! I was at 22 08,9 N, 25 45,9W

Day 9 – 22/1 Did 97 miles and ran the engine for 2,7 h to charge the batteries. Saw a white light approaching from behind. Nothing on the radar. When the sun came up, I saw it was a sailing boat (it had passed me then). I called on VHF, but no response.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=21.31655,-27.24811&ll=21.31655,-27.24811&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 10 – 23/1 Did 117 miles and ran the engine for 3.1 h to charge the batteries.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=20.29153,-29.01747&ll=20.29153,-29.01747&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 11 – 24/1 Did 117 miles (again). I saw a sail ahead of me and called on VHF. It was “Ocean Planet”, an Open 60, the mother ship for 5-6 row boats on their way across the Atlantic. This explained the light I had seen earlier! I later heard them talk to “Dream maker”, one of the row boats and I had this boat 2-3 miles out during the night (they kept up with my 5 knots!). I found a flying fish in the cockpit in the morning:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=19.78669,-31.01979&ll=19.78669,-31.01979&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 12 – 25/1 Did 108 miles and ran the engine for 2.6 h to charge the batteries. 1000 miles from Las Palmas.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=19.71462,-32.91779&ll=19.71462,-32.91779&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 13 – 26/1 Did 114 miles and ran the engine for 16.8 h. Had dolphins visiting!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=19.36516,-34.89088&ll=19.36516,-34.89088&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 14 – 27/1 Did 41 miles (!) and ran the engine for 5.8 h

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=18.92539,-35.4514&ll=18.92539,-35.4514&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 15 – 28/1 Did 93 miles. Westerly wind. A rain front passed in the afternoon.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=17.3801,-35.35596&ll=17.3801,-35.35596&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 16 – 29/1 Did 89 miles and ran the engine for 1.7 h to charge the batteries. Light wind during the night

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=15.9131,-35.6177&ll=15.9131,-35.6177&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 17 – 30/1 Did 85 miles and ran the engine for 2 h to charge the batteries. Saw a ship in the morning. Light wind.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=14.62988,-36.26162&ll=14.62988,-36.26162&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 18 – 31/1 Did 94 miles and ran the engine for 2.1 h to charge the batteries. Saw lights from a ship in the horizon. Wind going towards NW, so I could go a course to W!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=14.26161,-37.83288&ll=14.26161,-37.83288&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 19 – 1/2 Did 105 miles . Saw a sail – a French catamaran bound for Martinique from Tenerife (talked to them on VHF). Good wind from ENE.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=14.4306,-39.61938&ll=14.4306,-39.61938&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 20 – 2/2 Did 115 miles and ran the engine for 2h to charge the batteries. Good wind.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=14.41375,-41.58546&ll=14.41375,-41.58546&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 21 3/2 Did 116 miles and ran the engine for 1.4h to charge the batteries. Found flying fish in the cockpit:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=14.8836,-43.52571&ll=14.8836,-43.52571&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 22 4/2 Did 115 miles and ran the engine for 2h to charge the batteries. I saw a ship on the radar and I saw the lights.

No SPOT position! I was at 15 21.6 N, 45 26.1W

Day 23 5/2 Did51 miles and ran the engine for 1.7h to charge the batteries. No wind from 1800 and most of the night.

No SPOT position! I was at 15 33.7 N, 46 16.9W

Day 24 6/2 Did 65 miles and ran the engine for 1h to charge the batteries. Light wind. Saw mysterious light in the sky. Looked like a distress rocket, but green! Probably a piece of space garbage burning at entry into the atmosphere…

No SPOT position! I was at 15 52.2N, 47 20.6W

Day 25 7/2 Did 89 miles and ran the engine for 2.6h to charge the batteries. Saw a ship in the hortizon. It made strange manouvers. I talked to them on VHF and they had problems with the engine. The probably fixed it and dissapeared later…

No SPOT position! I was at 16 28.3 N, 48 46.9W

Day 26 8/2 Did 96 miles and ran the engine for 1.9h to charge the batteries. I was visited by a Whale! (around 7-8 m long, it swam 5-6 m from the boat for a while…)

No SPOT position! I was at 16 56.6 N, 50 22.9W

Day 27 9/2 Did 85 miles and ran the engine for 1.8h to charge the batteries. Light wind.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=16.90888,-51.8598&ll=16.90888,-51.8598&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 28 10/2 Did 102 miles and ran the engine for 1.2h to charge the batteries. Saw a ship on the radar and I saw the lights.

No SPOT position! I was at 16 41.8 N, 53 37.2W

Day 29 11/2 Did 80 miles and ran the engine for 2.5h. The wind died during the night, so I ran engine for a while.

No SPOT position! I was at 16 53.6 N, 54 59.3W

Day 30 12/2 Did 36 miles(!). Very light winds from SW. I saw a ship on the horizon.

No SPOT position! I was at 17 13.0 N, 55 30.9W

Day 31 13/2 Did 53 miles and ran the engine for 2.5h to charge the batteries. Wind from W and NW. Squalls on the radar during the night, but we only got a few drops of rain – no extra wind…

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=17.62121,-56.33559&ll=17.62121,-56.33559&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 32 14/2 Did 61 miles. Light winds from E and SE.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=17.76866,-57.37743&ll=17.76866,-57.37743&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 33 15/2 Did 85 miles and ran the engine for 1.8h to charge the batteries. I saw lights from a ship on the horizon. The “true” trade winds came during the night and we started to do good speed!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=17.21279,-58.73381&ll=17.21279,-58.73381&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Day 34 16/2 Did 126 miles (until 1200). In the morning, I  saw the lights from a ship and the radar sounded the alarm. I had 48 miles left to Antigua at 1200 and started a race to get into harbour before sunset… Luckily there seemed to be a west-going current in the cannel between Antigua and Giuadelope. I got into English Harbourt and is anchored just after sunset, 7 h after the 16.30 start time in Las Palmas.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=17.00281,-61.76054&ll=17.00281,-61.76054&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

So total time on the Atlantic is 33 days and 7hours. (Day 2 at 16.30 I had spent 24 hours, etc…)

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One response to “The Atlantic passage – day-by-day

  1. Sven Tryding

    Grattis !

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