Our Christmas Marathon!

playa dorada2Playa Dorada – a great place to spend Christmas in the sunshine

We’ve just waved goodbye to a fabulous group of people who spent Christmas week with us.  5 individuals who very quickly melded together as a great team.

The forecast for the week was south easterly winds at the beginning – easterly winds on christmas day and then north easterly on boxing day.  All looked great for a circumnavigation of Lanzarote and christmas day in Graciosa.  We had some great sailing on the first 3 days of the week and then set off on Christmas Eve  towards Graciosa.  We made great time and were heading towards the anchorage just  before 4 in the afternoon.  Then it started, the sky darkened, the wind shifted and the sea filled with white horses.  30 – 40 knots of wind blowing straight in to the anchorage.  There was no way we were going to be anchoring in that.  What do you do in a  situation like this – keep the boat safe – which meant keep going and  look for a more sheltered anchorage.  With the gusts of wind reaching 47 knots this meant a bonus night sail back to Papagayo.  We eventually dropped the anchor at 11.30pm.  We have since found out that the Cunard cruise ship Queen Victoria was meant to be visiting Lanzarote on Christmas Eve and considered it too unsafe to try and berth in Arrecife so they too stayed at sea!

Christmas morning after breakfast we decided we were all too tired to go sailing and so headed into Marina Rubicon to spend a quiet day on the beach at Playa Dorada.  After a couple of beers at the local bar it was back to Velvet Lady for Aperitifs and presents at 7pm followed by a full traditional Christmas dinner.  To make washing up easier for this – the messiest meal of the year – we line all of our cooking tins with foil trays so they can be put straight into the bin. Then on with the party  – we were still singing and dancing in the cockpit at 2am, trying to keep the noise down and not disturb the neighbours.  Good job it is only once a year.

A bit of a late start on boxing day – some strong coffee and then a quick sail to blast the cobwebs away.  The log at the end of this trip read 170nm.

Late afternoon in Marina Rubicon, just winding down from our sail, we thought we were seeing double, or even treble as the local band marched past us, all dressed as Santas.   What a great end to a great week.

santa band