We passed Ilha Santa Barbara last night, The light from the lighthouse
was visible on the horizon, It seems the Island has beautiful palm trees
and a white beach. Only the birds life there together with the reefs and
the fish around them.
It sounds like a dream, doesn't it. Luckily we're also living a dream on
Jazz is playing softly. All sails are set and the binoculars are not
needed to see the whales. The swim really close. a beautiful sight.
At times there is a fresh squall.
A squall (Cumulonimbus) is like an emotional cloud that blows of steam
and cries at the same time. It sucks up energy and ventilates it in
random directions. They can be quite energetic and give quick 180 degree
wind shifts and possible increments of wind up to 8-9 Bft in seconds.
If you are sailing, open and you have all your sails set, 'geen wolkje
aan de lucht' it could get quite unpleasant. Good watch keeping is
You normally can see them coming. outside and on the radar.
The rain is reflected by the beam of the radar.
You will see a big blob on the screen. Sometimes you are able to sail
around them or else you take away some sail and get your raincoat or
Just now we also have some squalls around us, but these are light and
small. a slight windshift and a few tears. Nothing too serious.
Some look slightly more temperamental, then we take away the Royals,
close hatches and enjoy the rain and some fresh breeze.
Another beautiful day.