Sines to Portimão

The wind insisted on not coming. I spent a couple more days in Sines waiting for a window.

Finally Saturday, 6, I left at the end of the day, 7:00 p.m.
It was a beautiful end of the day and I left Sines behind.

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It was a quiet journey and I was presented with wonderful sunset.

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The navigation was quiet and I ended up doing another test to the watermaker who worked perfectly.

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After a quiet dinner the sailing was excellent.

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However, by 02:00 on Sunday the wind began to grow and suddenly someone opened the door and in half an hour I went to 35 knots with 40 gust.
Alone, I need work quickly, rolling the genoa and mount the storm jib.
Then the most difficult, reef the mainsail. It was not easy the wave have grew above 4 meters and two of them entered on the cockpit.
During the reef of the main the autopilot shuffled and hung up I having to get back on the rudder to return the route.
I stabilized the boat and continued our journey sailing at 10/12 knots.
The sky was starry and beautiful, a stark contrast to what I lived on board ….

In the comfort of the cabin and at the command post. Grid help from my silent crewman, the NKE autopilot.

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After passing Cabo São Vicente the wave calmed and the wind come down to the 20 knots.

Already on the Algarve coast the sunrise has beautiful with a moon to marking presence.

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Arrival to Portimão was quiet.

Finally at the marina, it was time to clean the boat and assess what is broken. A battery out of place and the lazy bag ripped. Nothing serious and in repair.

Rest….

Now I am waiting for my crew to the next leg to Canarias.

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