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Crossing Biscay August 24, 2021

4am we left the marina in les sabs to cross the notorious "Bay of Biscay". We felt we were super prepared after days of studying the 7 weather prediction models. It was looking good for an easy 2 day sail across Biscay. However, the difference between the predicted 15 knots and the actual 25 knots is rather substantial. With the waves, at times, up to 3m and undecided which direction they were going it felt a lot like we were in a washing machine. Nevertheless "nova jean" kept us safe (but for a few bruises on clumsy crew). We reduced the sails and cruised on a consistent 8 knots from les sabs to the northern coast of Spain. This unfortunately meant we arrived in the middle of the night and were not confident to enter a new port in the dark. We motored slowly for the last 4 hours until daylight to arrive safely in beautiful Ribadeo, Spain to anchor for some much needed sleep! All up it took 54 hours.

Located in the Celtic Sea, a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean is called the Bay of Biscay. It is located in the northern coast of Spain and the western coast of France and is named after the Spanish province of Biscay.

The average depth of the bay is 1745 meters and the maximum depth is 2790 meters and parts of the continental shelf extend into the bay those results into fairly shallow water at places.

Some of the fiercest weather conditions of the Atlantic Ocean can be witnessed in the Biscay Bay. The area is home to large storms during the winter months and there have been countless ships wrecks reported from the area as a result of the gruesome weather. The late spring and the early summer in the area are cool and cloudy and large fog triangles fill the south-western part of the inlet.

The weather in the Bay of Biscay is the most vital thing to be worried and talked about. As winters begin, the weather turns harsh and severe.

Depressions are formed and enter the bay from the west. They eventually dry out and are born again in form of thunderstorms.

They also bring in constant rain in the region often bringing thunderstorm that looks like hurricane and crash at the bay.

Where could he of possibly come from???


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