After a period of preparation and research, I bought a catamaran in Spain. It needed some work and in Spain, labor and parts are quite affordable.

In Greece the sailing is very good, so I left for Greece with its beautiful islands and bays, with a stopover in Italy. After a year of cruising I was completely familiar with the boat and made plans for leaving the Mediterranean. Although the prevailing winds are from the West, you can find enough time frames to make trips to the West. The obvious route from Greece is Malta, Tunisia, Spain.

The Strait of Gibraltar is tricky because of the strong currents and the narrow channel. The wind funnels here and there is a lot of traffic. But near Gibraltar are some good anchorages to celebrate the first step.

From then on, timing is important. To the Canaries, Cape Verde and the Caribbean is easy if you don’t fight the season.