04-Jan-2019 -- The Cape Verde archipelago does not have any confluence point on its landmass. However, according to the confluence.org website, 13 confluence point are sufficiently near to allow a view to the Cape Verde islands. So far, only Captain Peter has visited confluence points on the archipelago with his cargo ship.
We spent a week on Santiago Island and three days on Fogo Island. This confluence point was the only one that we could come close to, because it is located right in the middle of these two islands. Our journey to Fogo was per plane. However, our return trip was by catamaran. We started from the harbour of Sao Felipe on Fogo and set course on Praia, the capital of Santiago. As we left the safe harbour, the Atlantic waves hit us causing the little ship to rock heavily. Then there was silence in the passenger cabin. The only noise you could hear was that of passengers throwing up.
When we reached the closest point to the confluence, I was hardly able to take a picture for documentation. Well, it doesn’t matter since Peter has already documented this confluence precisely. Anyway, our boat didn’t come closer than 23 km to this confluence point. After 3.5 hours, the horrible ferry trip was over. We needed a day to recover from it.
Due to a broken neck of femur three months earlier, I still had to walk with crutches and wouldn’t have been able to explore difficult confluence points this time.
CP Visit Details:
- Minimal distance: 23.8 km
- Time at the CP: 11:00 AM
- Measured height: 4 m
- Position accuracy: 5 m
- Topography: water
- Weather: slightly cloudy, 25° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Sickness Confluence
More pictures of our trip can be found here.