Dolphin spotting aboard Velvet Lady

We have been lucky enough to see dolphins on every trip so far this year.  We have seen a variety of dolphins over the weeks, common dolphins, atlantic white sided dolphins, rissos dolphins and many more that we cannot immediately identify.
These dolphins often like playing with us, and often put on an act especially for us leaping and playing in our bow wave.
Whenever this happens there is always a great rush for the cameras, and then many futile minutes of taking shots of specks on the water as the dolphin dives before the digital camera focus works.  The trick is to take the photo before you see the dolphin rise and hope!

This week we had many dolphins playing on the bow, and Stuart managed to take this photo, which is definitely the best of the season of Flipper, a bottlenosed dolphin.  It looked good on the small screen of the camera, but even better when we loaded it on the laptop.  Needless to say , with permission, I quickly bagged a copy.

We had another great week of fantastic sailing as we made our way up the east coast of Lanzarote to La Graciosa and spent 2 nights there.  Every time we visit this tiny little island with very few inhabitants we realise what a fantastic isolated and unspoilt spot it is.  The day spent ashore is often one of the highlights of the week, and so we will continue with this in next years programme.

For the second week running we had the pleasure of introducing a newcomer to sailing to the joys of cruising and exploring.  This is what she had to say.

New to sailing I needed a holiday, a new interest, new friends and to be looked after.  I found everything and more aboard Velvet Lady.  It has been a truly memorable week in a beautiful location with fascinating company.  I will be back.  Thank you Lin, Richard and fellow passengers

Our trip south from La Graciosa this week took us a bit longer than expected due to an unfavourable wind shift, it has to happen sometimes, but we were still anchored in Papagayo in time for a spectacular sunset.

The days are getting noticeably longer now, with it not going dark until nearly 19.30.  This reminds us that it is nearly time to start heading north for the summer.  We only have one week left around Lanzarote but we will be back here for Christmas and New Year and another winter of sunny sailing.  Whether beginner or experienced sailor we look forward to you joining us in the future.  Spaces are still available for the summer months in Denmark and we expect to publish the autumn programme at the end of March.  See our schedule.