On-board Diary: Port of Sagunto (Valencia) en route to Almería, Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Author: Silvia García
Date: August 11, 2009

Force 3-4 wind, swell, 100% cloud cover. Changing to force 5 wind and strong swell in the afternoon.

Today’s goal was to finally set sail for Almería, which will take us a little more than two days’ sailing. At 9:30 a.m. we left Sagunto for Valencia to refuel, and at 1:00 p.m. we finally left Valencia for Almería. There we will track the pilot sowing of the seeds of the sea phanerogam Cymodocea nodosa. Oceana undertook this project one year ago to test the possibilities of restoring these meadows in the area.

In the afternoon, the wind allowed us to hoist the sails and shut off the engines. We reached a speed of up to 8 knots of silent sailing. We are sorry to report we id not sight any cetaceans, birds or sea turtles.