The reason we decided to stop in Porto Santos was because we were running low on fuel and it was getting late in the day. It’s never a good idea to arrive in a new port at night and we would never have made it to Madeira in daylight at that point.
About half-way through the journey, our fuel gauge showed our fuel was being used at an alarmingly fast rate although we had filled the tanks before we left and according to Patrice’s calculations, we should’ve had plenty of fuel. We used the satellite phone to call the boat manufacturer to try to determine what could be wrong praying that it was something as simple as a faulty gauge. To make a long story short, they had given us the wrong measurement. We were basing our consumption on liters, while we should've been using gallons !!! Mamma Mia!
Please forgive me for boring you with probably too many pictures of our little mascot below, I just couldn't help myself--she was so cute and such a savior to us.