I am not at all a fan of these acceleration zones between islands, where the channel through two islands funnels the wind and accelerates its velocity. They are known and do not come as a surprise but I was hoping to get along without. No way! Why should I? At the southern part of Gran Canaria wind and waves picked up for around 2 hours. Wind topped 35kn and waves, I am not sure, a bit chaotic but nothing dramatic. Now we are back at 15kn, all normal.
Mindelo has also an acceleration zone between the islands São Vincent and Santo Antão. I think this was our preparation and training ground.
Another 5nm to reach Marina Pasito Blanco for our short stop-over.