Something new this week

sunshineAfter the blustery weather of early January it was nice to look at a forecast that showed the weather settling back to its usual North Easterly pattern for most of the week, but still with some rogue southerly winds in the middle.

We decided to try something new.

Day 1 we followed our regular pattern and headed to Puerto Calero.

Day 2 with a strong NE breeze we set off south to Fuerteventura and anchored in a sheltered bay in the capital Rosario.  Dinghy rides ashore confirmed that there is not much to see or do there but it was a fantastic sail.

Day 3, with the wind in the East and then becoming South East we had a great sail back to Arrecife.

Day 4, with the wind in the south west but forecast to shift to the north by evening we set off for Graciosa with fingers crossed.  (Always knowing that we might have to turn back)  After another great sail accompanied by dolphins and a whale we arrived off Graciosa at 1800 where the wind had shifted to the west but no further.   After a quick look at the anchorage in Playa Francesca we decided it was too wild to stay the night so crept in to anchor behind the harbour wall for shelter.

Day 5, the wind shifted and so we motored back to Playa Francesca and dinghied ashore

Day 6, with very little wind we motored down the west side of the island to complete our circumnavigation and managed some sailing in the strait between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura before it was time to head into Rubicon

163 nm sailed – we circumnavigated for the first time this winter season and had a bonus visit to Rosario – the wind gods are starting to look after us and the sun shone all week too.

What our guests thought:

We weren’t really sure what to expect when we booked but the reality turned out to be fantastic.  Lin and Richard, you were both great, velvet lady was superb, the food and fellow crew made the whole experience memorable.  Thanks for a great week, we’ll be back!

Many thanks Lin and Richard for a really enjoyable and relaxing sailing holiday.  A first experience for me, a whole we sailing without the skipper or mate shouting at me!

Thanks Lin and Richard for a fantastic week on your lovely boat.  It was everything we had hp=hoped for when we booked.  Great sailing, great food and great company.  We would love to do a passage with you in the future.