thank you for your answers and links ! Fortunately that was not my first "bad experience" here so I started with 2 reefs
& half genoa
even though the wind was below 20 knots starting from Tenerife. Last week I had 45+ knots TWS on the last 4 NM from Tenerife to La gomera, Global prediction was about 25 knots !
Based on windy's model I was initially trying to reach the north of gran canaria, I ended up having a hard time reaching the south ! I had up to 46 knots AWS @ 50 to 60 AWA.
Windy is obviously taking the islands into account for their predictions, but they don't seem to get it right.
Maybe I should have motored up the East coast
of Tenerife before crossing. Like we do along St Lucia
before going to Martinique
. Not sure the sea state would have allowed that though. Well, now I am going to have a really hard time reaching Lanzarote !!
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