27. oktober 2011  
  From Gibraltar to Ceuta (Spanish enclave in North Africa)
 
 

Sailed distance: 16 nautical miles

The border between Morocco and Ceuta / Spain is very strictly guarded. Boundary Street is cast in concrete and steel fencing that juts far out into the sea.

It is interesting to see Gibraltar from the African coast. It is constantly a dense cloud that hangs over the cliff. This is one of Gibraltar features. It's a bit sad to be known that there is so much shade there, but you can say that the rain does not just small in England, so it is perhaps a certain context.

Ceuta is a "Spanish Gibraltar", only much larger. Ceuta is nearly 20 square miles in area and is completely autonomous. The population is 75,000 and consists mainly of Muslims and Christians, and small other groups. Spanish is the official language. Morocco has repeatedly appealed to the negotiations on Ceuta, but the people themselves do not want to be subject to Morocco.

It is huge with marine life in Gibraltar feed. It was boiling with dolphins and seabirds. These are two types of dolphins we see often. One is the "common dolphin". This is small and has little yellow markings on the side. The second is the "bottle nosed" dolphin. This can be up to 4 meters long and can easily be confused with small whales. The picture shows the small species.

Dolphins were extremely curious about our generator. It must have given up sounds that tickled the dolphins. They swam under and on the side and lay down sideways to look at the generator.

Flying fish, we were also visiting. This poor guy flew straight up on deck, and we did not before his life was running out ...

The equipment was in place on schedule in Gibraltar, so now we produce electricity when we sail. We use a so-called "DuoGen". This is an alternator that is driven around by a rotating propeller. It can be used in both water and wind. We will use it in the water when sailing. Most of the power we need from this during the long voyage.

The windmill (AIR Breeze) is also an efficient producer, but the trade winds - coming from behind - we lose the good part affected as a result of boat speed. Therefore, it is primarily when we are quietly that the windmill will deliver the power we need.

The freezer is our "king". We met a German boat for a couple years ago. They had spent 12 years in the Pacific, and could demonstrate a freezer powered by 12 volts. This is originally a product for the transport of organs, but FridgeFreezenow produced just for leisure use. The theoretical temperatures down to -16 degrees. Because of the warm environment we saw the land of -11 here. But it's more than cold NOK to store food for 3-4 weeks.

In the background, visible wires to the watermaker. It produces 35 liters of fresh water from salt water per hour, and it's amazingly very good to drink. It is the water goes bottled water a high time.