We’re in Cape Verde and have another 900 NM under our belts! From here it’s another 2000 NM to the Caribbean. It’s a perfect stopover as we had to pass here anyway in order to get far enough South to catch the trades. We’re happy we stopped, the atmosphere is great and you immediately feel you are no longer in Europe! We arrived just after our friends who left Las Palmas at the same time as us. They ‘caught’ more than 30 flying fish on their deck (we only got three) which we barbecued for lunch! The sail from Las Palmas to here was very enjoyable with nice steady winds. It took the kids and I a day or so to find our sea legs again but after that we were fine. We settled on 3 hour shifts during the night (after trying all sorts of combinations of shorter and longer shifts, we felt that 3 hours on and off was the best). After a few days one gets used to the broken sleep pattern and life on board becomes a daily routine. Still, I’m looking forward to a normal night’s sleep again tonight! Christmas was certainly very different this year, it was a calm day so we had a nice lunch and relaxed. We even were treated by a visit from a pod of dolphins. The boys were happy as Santa managed to locate our boat during the night and dropped off lots of new toys!