?!?…Horn, Fog Horn, Signal Horn, Calima Horn…?!?
Some of our boats have a horn installed, which we mainly use under foggy conditions. On my passage from Póvoa de Varzim to Porto I had the fog horn in automatic operation all time as there was thick fog along the Portuguese coastline on that day. Visibility was min 50m and max 300m and my eyes became tired quickly during hours of sharp lookout. My main concern at that time was not other big ships but the numerous fishing buoys in that area and small fishing vessels without AIS and radar.
Yesterday I heard the sound of some horns here in the marina of Las Palmas. They came form some big ships outside the port, where they lie on the roads or enter/leave the harbour.
The Southeast winds have arrived as projected and mentioned earlier. They will peak in the night from Sunday to Monday at around 30 plus knots. In conjunction with these winds the weather forecasts also issued a Calima warning bringing sand and dust from Africa to the Canary Islands. My naive assumption that Calima will stop at Lanzarote and Fuerteventura made some people laugh. Looking at the photos above it all becomes clear:
- Calima is spreading much further than I anticipated.
- Visibility at sea is down to couple of miles.
- Calima horns are on.
- Air quality is very poor.
- No biking during these days. Lazy sugar days! 🤪
- Boat & rigg washing after Calima gets on the To Do List.
- Beautiful photos with a Calima patina shared within the Intermar e.V. community, which always cares for any kind of weather.
- Et cetera.
As per the weather forecast the worst Calima shall be over although the peak winds are still expected. This is good news and hopefully becomes true.
Let’s capture the moment in line with our Mission: “The mission will focus on going with the wind while enjoying time and its moments over and over again in constantly changing nature. The moment – and not the journey – will be the reward.”