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In this episode we sail across the notorious Bay of Biscay, our first offshore passage and our biggest crossing so far. Feared by many the Bay of Biscay is known for its rough seas and violent storms as one of the stormiest seas in the world. Regardless of the bad reputation, with modern weather forecasting it is easy to time it right and find a good weather window.
We sailed a total of 350 nautical miles and it took us 53 hours altogether from Camaret in France to A Coruna in Spain. The weather for our crossing started off a lot lighter than forecasted with an average of 5 knots and towards the end it turned out to be a lot stronger than forecasted with an average of 30 knots. Overall we couldn’t have been happier with our crossing, despite the lack of sleep towards the end in the strong winds.
We also get to properly test out our new solar and wind power setup to see if it was sufficient to keep the batteries topped up and also run the fridge, autopilot and all the other navigation eqipment. All the necessities we need on a longer ocean passage, specially with the Atlantic crossing coming up.
A couple from Australia and Norway who set sails from Norway on a Beneteau Oceanis 40 in late 2018 to explore the world by sailboat. (Yup, another sailing couple doing the standard route and documenting it on film.)
Sam & Nicole
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