Happy New Year
We welcomed in 2008 at anchor in a secluded bay off the beautiful island of La Graciosa. After 2 days of sailing to get here we were all rather tired, and after having a BBQ on board washed down with lots of Sangria we were struggling to keep our eyes open until midnight. We were all determined though, and at midnight we watched the fireworks. From our anchorage we had a clear view of the north coast of Lanzarote and so as well as the fireworks on La Graciosa we could see 6 other firework displays, even ones from Arrecife above the volcanoes, quite spectacular.
The weather this week worked out ideal. We had two days of medium winds to get to La Graciosa via Arrecife. New Years day there was no wind at all giving us a great opportunity to explore ashore and climb the volcano. The following day again in light breeze we sailed north from La Graciosa and circumnavigated Alegranza. We spent the evening anchored off the tiny village of San Pedro.
The wind as forecast became blustery for the last two days of the trip. We reached along the coast from La Graciosa to Arrecife, and then had a 2 hour beat in 30 knots of wind to Puerto Calero.
Puerto Calero this year is home and training base to the Ericsson team entered in the next Volvo Ocean Race. Richard and I spent some time looking at one of their race boats and its mast, all being prepared for launch next week. We talked to one of the team members, and they will be going out on sea trials from next week onwards, we hope to see them out there during our remaining sails, but since their chase boat has trouble keeping up with them, we will surely only get a quick glimpse.
Our last day we only had 12 miles to go to return to Marina Rubicon, but as it was blowing 35 knots on the nose, we had the opportunity to put Velvet Lady through her paces. The sea was flat until we entered the strait between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura then after reefing down to very small sails, we had a good sail with lots of spray. Exhilarating for a couple of hours, but we all agreed that we were glad we did not have far to go. A great day for the last day of a trip.
A great way for us to welcome in 2008, and we wish you all a very happy new year with plenty of good sailing.
Lin and Richard