17 December 2020
Dear All,
On Tuesday pm on 8 November, we cast off our lines heading south. For the next stage of the voyage Rosalba and I were joined by Frank and Bronwen. The forecast was good with light North Westerlies, expected later to veer to the North East. We gybed periodically the first night leaving the small island of Santa Maria to the south and then headed south east towards the islands of Madeira. With two excellent cooks aboard (you may guess who isn't in  that category) Rosalba's cuisine showed a dramatic improvement over leg 1. The company too was good fun. Sailing diligently we pressed on with full mainsail (165 m) and the Jib Top (125m) later replaced by 220m of Code0. In the lighter winds we sailed almost as fast as the wind, achieving 17 k of boat speed at one point in about 18 km of wind. We gybed at night under the stars between Funchal and Porto Santo, to the North, before early on Sunday in a dying breeze spying the volcanic cliffs of Lanzarote in the Eastern sky. 
Fishing boats were out to try their Sunday morning luck. Mid afternoon saw us safely moored in Puerto Calera, where Rosalba will be over Christmas. We had sailed some 900 miles through the water in just under 5 days, all downwind mostly in winds of below 10 knots.  In light winds Rosalba is a dream to sail.  Still one or two gremlins, including the housings for the hydro generators. Frank has since disassembled them and worked on the bolts. In a good breeze the units produce large amounts of power but they have had a rattle verging on the very alarming at times, threatening their self destruction. Further improvements are planned before we set off again early in the New Year.
Thank you all for your messages - including from the UK Met Office.
Best wishes to all for Christmas,