Sailing in Lanzarote

We’ve been in the Canary Islands since the beginning of December and so far have run 5 of our 7 night sailing trips as well as 1 special 10 night trip over Christmas. Each trip has been unique, with slight variations in route, a really good mix of weather, plenty of fun and laughter and a great mix of both new people and returning customers.

Despite it being warm and sunny – we do not see too many other yachts on the water – so last week it was really nice to see an ex whitbread boat anchored outside Marina Rubicon – Fisher and Paykel, still looking very smart. What a difference to the Volvo 60’s they used in the last race!

Starting on Thursday is our last 7 night trip before heading north. We know it is time to head north because week by week it is getting hotter! We’re looking forward to meeting 6 new people this time and having some more fabulous sailing before we leave our winter home behind and head to the wilds of the Hebrides and the fjords of Norway.

One way trips a success

view from the saloon window

Summer arrived in Arctic Norway this week, with temperatures up to 27 degrees we were able to wear our shorts and t shirts on deck.  Blue skies and sunshine greeted us at breakfast time most mornings.  We had plenty of time for sailing, exploring ashore, swimming and fishing.  A first this year – Jeff caught a Halibut, which was indeed very tasty.

fishing

We did not have much wind for the first few days whilst we were on the north side – but fortunately as soon as we headed south from Trollfjord we found some wind and had some great days sailing.

sailing

and visited some beautiful places

stunning scenery

yankee and staysail

All on board for both legs thoroughly enjoyed the one way trips beween Bodo and Stokmarknes and the return from Stokmarknes back to Bodo.  Each with the opportunity to explore the north of the islands.

We are just about to start our last Lofoten Islands trip of the season, but will be returning here again in 2017.   Full details on the schedule will be published at the end of September but will include both one way and circular trips as well as our popular 8 night trips.

Guest comments from last week

Another most enjoyable trip with good company, good food, good weather and fair seas.  Felt I reallly learnt a lot and respect the patience and understanding of Lin and Richard.  Would definitely recommend this and I hope to take another lovely trip on Velvet Lady soon

Well looked after – like being on holiday with your Mum and Dad, just what I needed – look forward to joining you on board again in the future

motoring in the flat

 

All female sailing team in the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race

For the past few weeks, whenever we have been in Puerto Calero we have watched with interest as Team SCA in their bright pink boat go out training.  This last week we have seen them in the harbour and on the water.  Watching their AIS signal their speed has been 18 and 19 knots when we thought we were doing great at 8!

This bright pink boat is the training vessel (whilst the new one is being built) for an entry in the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race around the world  with an all female crew.  Currently they are doing crew trials and selection and Richard suggested that if I wanted to try I could.  I thought about it and 10 years ago I would have jumped at the chance, but I’m now so used to the comfort of our lovely Velvet Lady, and the relaxed atmosphere of our passages that I don’t think I could  cope with the adrenaline and stress of high tech racing again.   However best of luck to those trying out, especially Sam Davies a fellow Brit.

This was our last week of cruising around Lanzarote and we had a great time.  Good wind, great sailing, dolphins and 4 fantastic whale sightings, one so close to the boat that it was a privilege to watch.

At the end of the week we encourage our guests to write in our guest book and this little ditty sums it all up rather well

Anyone up for some winding?

Anyone wanting tea?

A shout goes up at the sight of a whale

A school of dolphins, the SCA sail

We’re loving our time at sea


The victuals are simply delicious

but our knots are in disarray

we’re learning our yankees and staysails and mains

though ‘haricot’ reaching is taxing our brains

we’d come back for more any day

There is a tale to the ‘haricot’ reaching. When talking about the points of sail we knew – close hauled, close reach, beam reach, xxxxx  reach, and dead run. Richard yells from the galley – a type of bean and we went through the list, kidney, baked, green etc – what is it really ‘a broad reach’!!

Come sailing with us, there is always something new to learn.

Off to Madeira this week and looking like some great weather with a little wind on the nose so we will be practicing our tacking and close hauled sailing