We are now rounding Cap Finisterre – End of land. Back in the days when this cape got it`s name the earth was still flat, so our position here now would really be to balance on the edge! These capes, high mountains on «corners» of land to get around, are always a challenge. Here, like with many other capes, two oceans are meeting and that creates a funny wave pattern. 2-3 directions old and new ones. Combined with the «fact» that there is normally headwind when you are passing big capes it`s not too easy. Anyway – we are here and can start the next stage of the trip.
We may not have too much time to cross this Bay of Biscay. We will have quick conditions in the beginning and hopefully the whole way. If we get to Brest later than Friday evening, we may get nasty conditions. We are planning on getting there early in the afternoon. The tricky thing with crossing at this time of the year is that you have to hang on to the east of the depressions which are filling in from west. Hopefully we manage to stay east and north of this depression all the way over, so we can have the wind on the tail.
Mads has not exactly recommended us to go on this window, but as long as we are quick it should be good. With 200 NM pr. 24 hours we have a fair margin. With 180 NM pr. 24 hours we have no margin.
We found a 40 feet fishing boat out here which tells a little about the conditions here now.
Cottee, Maren and Karl Otto