Pilot Whales in Lanzarote – what a treat. Another sailing holiday in the Canary Islands

pilot whales in lanzarote

We are used to seeing dolphins when we are sailing in the waters around Lanzarote, and this week was no different – we saw dolphins on 3 separate occasions.  Well so we thought, but on a closer look the third time, the splashes were not dolphins but a pod of 9 or 10 pilot whales.  With the binoculars it looked like there was also a baby.  They appeared in the distance just at lunch time so we hove too and gently drifted down towards them.  What a fabulous experience sitting and watching them – we have seen this in Norway but this was a first for Lanzarote.

The weather this week was the complete opposite of last week, with 3 days of really light winds followed by 3 days of blustery winds.  Nevertheless we still managed 145 miles for the log books and to circumnavigate the islands of Lanzarote and Lobos with a stop at La Graciosa and a walk to the top of the volcano.

3  more trips to do here in Lanzarote before we set off on our travels north.  These are all fully booked, but do not despair we will be returning to Lanzarote for more sailing holidays inn the Canary Islands in December this year.  Meanwhile we are about to start our series of milebuilding passages and have one space left to sail from Madeira to the Azores.

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Feel the Atantic Ocean swell beneath your feet, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. Experience fabulous sunrises and sunsets.  Join us as we cross the 500 miles of Atlantic ocean between Madeira and the Azores Archipelago and find out what ocean sailing is all about.

You will gain miles for your log book and experience taking part in a watch system.  You will find out about on board maintenenace schedules, long distance catering, weather forecasting etc. We are happy to teach the wonders of navigating by the stars, use of a sextant and  how the GPS works!.
If you are planning on becoming an Ocean Yachtmaster in the future a milebuilding trip also provides  the ideal opportunity to learn the practicalities without the responsibility.