When crossing the Channel and sailing in Britanny, quite often we encountered the northern gannet (Basstölpel, Morus bassanus) far away from land. It is native to the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and breeding in Western Europe. They search for food during the day, generally by diving at high speed into the sea. Birds that are feeding young have been recorded searching for food up to 320 km from their nest. They dive for fish from between 11 and 60 m. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_gannet)
The common tern (Fluseeschwalbe, Sterna hirundo) we observed at the river Odet at Marina Benodet, South Brittany. They fed by plunge-diving for fish in the river. When seeking fish, they flied head-down. They circled or hoverd before diving.
After crossing the foggy Channel with the help of radar, the full moon led us the way into the Antlantic in direction to Britanny (Bretagne). High and long Atlantic waves and good winds provided a lot of fun for us and a few other sailors.
Calais ferry port, the busy connection between France to England: The pilot boat rushes in and out. After having watited for two hours, port control finally allows us to enter the marina, ordering us to keep well to the west. We will do that – until Australia.
A school of maybe twenty bottlenose dolphins (großer Tümmler) in the Channel between England and France near the coast of the Normandy. The family with young and old animals enjoys swimming with the boat.
Our Sun Odysse 409 Orinoco, build 2011, is ready for the coconut milk journey. Equipped with blue water navigation aids and security systems, the English Channel will be our first challenge: high tides and a lot of traffic in the Street of Dover. After that we look forward to recreational sailing in Southern Brittaney.
Diving and snorkeling is not so easy on the Cape Verdian Islands. You have to overcome vicious shore breaks and currents. Wet suits are recommended.
Underwater, however, you may enjoy coral reefs, 639 species of fish including Mantas, sharks and turtles. (Which we did not see, unluckily). More Information: Stewart, Murray. Cape Verde (Bradt Travel Guides)
Dry, barren and uninhabited– Santa Luzia is the smallest Island of the archipelago. The south coast has scenic beaches and dunes. It now is Cape Verde’s largest marine reserve. More information: Stewart, Murray. Cape Verde (Bradt Travel Guides)
Brava – or ‘wild’ Island – is small island with a gentle, communal old style way of life. It may only be reached by boat. Porta da Faya is an anchorage with a fertile and spectacular valey. A natural pool allows swimming between wave-battered rocks. More information: Stewart, Murray. Cape Verde (Bradt Travel Guides).
There are three villages called Tarrafal on the Capeverdian Islands. This one is a beautiful place for those who are looking for tranquility.
Big waves on Maio’s broad and white sandy beaches. Nice to see from above, but brutal when getting ashore with a dingi.