Our first Canary voyage started in Arrecife, Lanzarote, we covered 300 miles to get to our destination, San Miguel in Tenerife. With quite a few miles to sail, fully packed sailing days were on the cards but we combined these with beach anchorage stops, snorkelling and swimming time. Also one stop into Las Palmas for an evening in the sailor bar – a busy haunt for passing sailors.
Lanzarote’s South coast boasts some beautifully clean beaches. Once our crew had arrived and briefings were complete we had a breezy but bright sail down the coast where we dropped the hook in a anchorage just around the point de Papagayo. We settled down to a Freya curry and the first night around the table. We woke to beautifully clear and warm water. Most
Back on board for bread,cheese and Jamon and up sails for a afternoon sail to the South coast of Fuerteventura . Amazing lunar landscapes impressed us all and the acceleration zone gave us a stiff but even breeze south. We arrived in another anchorage at dusk , tucked in around a head land and enjoyed our supper around the table with the hatch off and stars shining in on us. Just as we also dreamed when building the Grayhound ! We woke up in Morro Jable a small town and went ashore for coffee, an exciting row in quite turbulent water but handled well by the crew and our guest rowers. Evening took us for a sunset sail to the most western end of the south coast and a afternoon on the black sand beach. We enjoyed a movie night. Next morning we filled the water tanks and headed across to Las Palmas a fantastic day sail fast and free. Las Palmas was super busy as the ARC yachts were all in and getting prepared for the Atlantic rally. The anchorage was full but we managed to find a spot. Laura stayed on board and the rest of us all headed in to find a meal ashore and pick up some shopping. We got a table in the Sailor Bar which was bustling with sailors and good smells. While waiting for the last row home ( the girl crew ) were given a yoga lesson on the pontoon by one of our voyage crew Duncan which was very appreciated after a long day sailing.The next morning we upped anchor and headed south for Puerto de Mogan on the South West side of Gran Canaria. This was super sailing day 12 knots , with Grayhound’s fore and mizzen reefed down, she skimmed( all 60 tonnes) across the water . See the video on face book for a glimpse of this day. Puerto de Mogan we all decided was our favourite stop. Quite Mediterranean in feel, we swam and wandered around the village, sand castled on the beach and rowed around the caves. After a relaxed afternoon chilling on deck we set sail for a night sail to
Tenerife. Our voyage crew really were up for it and wanted to experience sailing through the night in a watch system. Stary skies accompanied us there. In the morning after a lie in Freya cooked up breakfast and we said good bye to a great group. Some of the best sailing to date for Grayhound. The mostly female crew are becoming a good solid team in quite challenging wind acceleration zones. Freya’s carrot cake went down well on passage. What a great week . Next week is focused on La Gomera and Tenerife, hill walking and exploring. Blog written by Freya