We have just enjoyed our fourth Christmas on Velvet Lady, and after shopping and tidying we are ready again for our New Year week which starts on Wednesday.
Thankfully the snow in UK didn’t cause too much of a problem and all of our guests arrived in Lanzarote on time for their Christmas week holiday.
Our plan was to circumnavigate Lanzarote during the course of the week and spend Christmas day in La Graciosa, the tiny island at the northern tip.
Our first 2 days sailing were with a strong offshore westerly wind, fast reaching in flat seas at 8 knots. We spent a peaceful night in the marina at Puerto Calero followed by a night at anchor off the tiny fishing village of Playa Quemada.
Arrecife was our destination for the third night, and as the wind died out just after lunch we motored the last few miles and arrived early afternoon. The harbour here is a little suntrap, and soon everyone was going in for a swim. We took advantage of the early finish to set up our BBQ, and enjoyed eating on the deck just as the sun went down. With our BBQ we serve a typical Canary Island side dish – Pappas Arrugas with Mojo sauce. The potatoes (pappas) are boiled in very salty water (preferably sea water, plenty of that!) before being crisped off in the oven for half an hour. The sauce is made from a lot of garlic, coriander and olive oil served on the side.
We enjoyed a long sail up to La Graciosa on Christmas Eve arriving just as it was going dark – with one other boat in the anchorage. We went to sleep listening to the sound of the waves breaking on the reef that was protecting us.
Christmas day was special as we lay to our anchor in this secluded bay, and there was plenty of room for the third yacht which arrived just after breakfast. With the whole day to explore, the guests set off for the beach at about 11am bearing sandwiches for lunch. Tony and Stephen climbed up to the top of the Volcano whilst Fran and Marcus walked the mile into the local village. Later in the afternoon all went for a swim and sunbathe before it was time to return to the boat.
By late afternoon as the tide was rising an unexpected swell had built up in the bay which made it a bit more difficult for Richard to collect everyone in the dinghy, and it ended up taking 3 trips. One particularly nasty wave managed to catch Richard and the dinghy broadside and so he ended up totally soaked.
Like children we had waited patiently for the time to have our presents. With glass of Champagne in hand and just as the sun was setting we looked to see what Santa had left under the tree. We all did very well – with Lanzarote caps for the boys and local perfume for the girls. Dinner next – full traditional Christmas Dinner with Turkey and trimmings and Nut loaf as an alternative. Traditional flaming Christmas pudding for dessert with lashings of cream. After dinner, instead of snuggling down and watching a movie, we set about completing the crosswords and puzzles of the most recent newspaper on board.
The week flew past and in no time we were heading back through the piers of Marina Rubicon. Although we provide for all meals on board, we decided to round off the week with a meal ashore in one of the fabulous restaurants on the harbour front.
We are now in Lanzarote until March, and offering 7 night sailing holidays with an itinerary similar to this for £595 per person. Why not join us.