Merry Christmas Everybody

As usual we were in Lanzarote for Christmas – and this year we were lucky enough to enjoy temperatures that are much warmer than usual. We have been sailing in shorts and t shirts without the need to wear fleeces or long trousers – even in the evenings.

We had great wind nearly all week giving us some fantastic sailing – and we were spoilt with sea life. Dolphins every day – and 2 separate sightings of whales. Wow

dolphins alongside

We made it all the way north to the island of Graciosa, but didn’t complete our circumnavigation – gales forecast for the end of the trip made us choose to sail back down the east side of the island and enjoy some flat water reaching instead.

We arrived back in Marina Rubicon mid afternoon Christmas day and so Santa was finally able to find us. 1800 was time for Aperitifs and presents. Christine introduced us to a new style Bucks Fizz – Champagne, Orange Juice and a huge slug of Cointreau, tasty.  We all enjoyed a large glass of this whilst we opened our presents.   There was a large selection – Lanzarote T shirts, mugs with Velvet Lady on, mouse mats with Velvet Lady on (both from one of our enterprising guests) and Bombay Gin, Tonic and Limes all wrapped up in tin foil.  Unwrapping the gifts was great fun – along with pulling the christmas crackers, wearing the hats and telling the silly jokes.

Boxing day,  as predicted there were gales with the waves breaking over the breakwater so instead of sailing we spent a relaxing day in port and watched the start of the Sydney Hobart race instead.