|Lanzarote Marina, Arrecife|
|Statues at the entrance to Lanzarote Marina, Arrecife|
|Southern end of Lanzarote|
We stayed here in the shelter of the bay, enjoying the yellow sand beach and relative calm (only very slight swell penetrating the bay) until late in the afternoon of the following day. At that stage we sailed off the anchor for the short, 5 mile, passage to Isla de Lobos. Here, due to lack of space, we opted to motor into the anchorage. In the event we chose to pick up one of the several moorings available, all of which were laid for day tripper boats to use, rather than risk getting our anchor fouled on their ground tackle. There is very little if any unobstructed and sheltered space left in this “anchorage”.
we stayed overnight but with grey skies and relatively strong winds
whistling through the rigging we were not tempted to venture ashore
and we had departed before the first of the tourist boats arrived to
claim their moorings.
|Las Playitas bay at sunset|
Next stop was Las Playitas, an anchorage two thirds of the way down the east coast of Fuerteventura. This charming little village is almost a place that time forgot. It is very reminiscent of a Cycladean village, that is if you ignore the rather ugly (but well hidden) resort behind the beach to the west of it. So taken were we with this little gem of a place that we decided to stay two nights and on the second night chose to dine in one of the two waterfront restaurants, Restaurante de los Playas; again we enjoyed a very good meal. On return to our dinghy, which we thought we had left well above the high tide line, we were informed that it had been retrieved by the locals having taken itself for a “passeggiata”!
Well, one does tend to become
unaccustomed to tides after so many years in the Mediterranean and we
were later leaving than we had predicted! Fortunately the rest of the
trip back to Kurukulla was uneventful.
After 36 hours of sun and swimming we set off for the southern tip of Fuerteventura via the beaches to the south of Punta de los Molinos; sadly, despite the relative calm of the last 48 hours, the swell was such that we were unable to anchor off of any of the beautiful golden sand beaches and were forced to carry on to our planned night anchorage at Puertito de la Luz. Initially we had a variable, if only light, wind to carry us south but at Morro Jable, the most southerly tip of Fuerteventura, the wind deserted us and we were forced to resort to the engine for half an hour or so; the eight mile reach to Puertito de la Luz took two hours not the 90 minutes we had anticipated, that said, as we approached the anchorage, the winds got up considerably from the north west and when we anchored we were in winds of 20 gusting 25 knots that persisted for the night. Good for battery charging at least! Notwithstanding the wind the remainder of the crew swam ashore for a walk on the golden sand beach, I remained onboard to look after Kurukulla, or that was my excuse anyway!
Next morning it was an early-ish start. The alarm sounded at 0700 and by 0800 we were ready to go. It was to be a relatively long, 55 mile, crossing to reach Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. With the winds of the previous night I was expecting the seas to be fairly heavy hence we all set off in harnesses and foul weather gear. I was not disappointed! After a pair of hours our two joiners had retired to their bunks, taking refuge from the seas, and Christoph and I took it in turns to steer for 10 mile stretches. As we approached the harbour of Las Palmas the winds subsided somewhat but the seas did not. Not a bad crossing though; 55 miles in 8 hours; roughly a 7 knot average.
|En tour of Gran Canaria|
We opted to declare the next day a maintenance day, undertaking laundry, minor maintenance on Kurukulla and relaxing, only to discover it was a public holiday in Las Palmas hence there was nothing open anyway! The following day we headed for the supermarket to re-victual before calling at the fuel station on departure from the marina to fill Kurukulla's fuel tank and finally anchored for the night in the anchorage inside the port. Life is so much more pleasant in these temperatures when clothes are unnecessary and you can swim at will!
|Approaching Bahia de Antequera, N end of Tenerife|
|Bahia de Antequera, N end of Tenerife|
Next day we decided to have a lay day.
We had the anchorage to ourselves and thus decided to
take a hike up the adjacent hills. We swam ashore and just as we
landed on the beach another yacht arrived and anchored near Kurukulla
accompanied by a “water taxi” bringing beach lovers from Santa
Cruz, neither seemed phased by our state of undress. The trek took us
up to the crest of the hills behind the anchorage and then we decided
to follow a dry river valley back to the beach. Although far from a
footpath we only had to negotiate two dry waterfalls in the process
and two hours after we left we were back on the beach.
were still there but not for long. Soon after our arrival the mizzle
started and the mixture of mist and light rain settled in for the
rest of the afternoon. We had chosen our time well! The beach lovers
soon summoned their water taxi and departed!That evening was
tranquil with a mixture of mizzle and blue sky, normal for the north
end of this island.
|Bahia de Antequera, N end of Tenerife|
|Arriving back on the beach|
|Entering Puerto di Santa Cruz, Tenerife|
|Self at La Laguna|
|Church of San Bartolomeo, La Laguna|
|The beach at El Pozo, near Puerto de la Cruz|
By 2030 we were back in the main city of Santa Cruz, settled onboard for a late supper and determined that we would leave next morning.
|Crossing the southern end of Tenerife, town of Masca.|
|Punta Montana Roja, close east of Playa de las Tajitas|
|Kurukulla ashore at Pasito Blanco|
Next blog once we are about to depart.........