Yesterday afternoon UV left Portugal for Africa. All times are UTC.
It is fascinating to see UV arrive at the same point in the Atlantic Ocean he was at in 2014 – at night this time – then stay very close to that track. So close that he arrived just 14.2 km away from his landfall in 2014.
By the last fix today at 12.56 UTC UV had been flying for over 25 hours excluding one short stop. He had flown 1180 km since setting off, 989 km of which were over the sea. His average speed over the sea was 50.4 kph, or 31.4 mph. This is yet another proof that long-distance routes over open water can be much more energy-efficient (or faster, which amounts to the same thing) than the same distance travelled over land.
The weather forecast (courtesy Paul) is good for onward travel.
There will be another post early tomorrow with a bit more detail on UV’s journey.
Safe travelling and roosting, UV, heading south through the desert.