Stephen and Sarah enjoying the sunshine

Last week, just as we were departing Marina Rubicon for our relaxed sailing week, we were hailed by a Hallberg Rassey 36 called Jocalia – ‘I’ve been reading your blog, very good!’  The guests assumed I knew the people, but had never met them before, glad to know they liked the blog anyway.

We hoisted sails in a leisurely fashion, and at 6 knots headed in the same direction as Jocalia, when the same jolly chap appeared on deck with his camera, had us pose for some pictures and then promised to e mail them.  I hope he does, we do not often get the opportunity to photograph Velvet Lady under sail.  We in return took photos of them, and if we receive the e mail address we will reciprocate by sending the photos.

Shortly after this, the wind died away completely and we decided to anchor and swim whilst waiting for the afternoon sea breeze to pick up.   It did and we had a great sail ending the day surrounded by dolphins.
We continued the week with some more fantastic sailing, making it up to Graciosa for 2 nights a BBQ and walk ashore, before returning to Puerto Calero, and then Marina Rubicon.  Sarah was new to sailing, but by the end of the week was enjoying helming and sailing to windward at 8 knots.

In between busy sailing weeks, Richard and I are working on the Autumn programme and where to go next summer, but we are also looking at what vacancies we have over the next few weeks.

We have very few left in Lanzarote but a noticeable gap with 4 spaces still available on the Milebuilding passage – Lanzarote to Madeira.  After a quick look at Skyscanner, it seems that the flight schedules have changed from when we wrote the programme and flights for Wednesday 23 to Wednesday 30 March are impossible.

So, we have just altered the programme and changed the dates making this trip now Tuesday 22 March to Tuesday 29 March.  Flights are far more reasonable and the cheapest deal is to fly from Stansted.  As all of our other milebuilding trips are full or filling up rapidly, we hope that the change of dates to allow for flight costs will make it easier for you to sail with us on this trip.

See you on board