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.

Towards the end of the acceleration zone. Approaching Marina Pasito Blanco under full moon!

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.

Fair winds…