Christmas aboard Velvet Lady


What a week. We lived like kings, sailed around Lanzarote, swam on Xmas day. I would like to say that I have learned to sail, but alas we have only scratched the surface this time. Lin and Richard were tremendous. Would we do it again? Where do we sign? – The Sparkes family

We have just completed our Xmas week with the Sparkes family and what a great time we had.  Iain, Alison, Tom, Dan, Phil and Grandma Anne really enjoyed themselves and they were a pleasure to have on board.  The weather was kind to us and we spent the early days sailing north up the east coast towards La Graciosa, stopping on the way in Arrecife.  The anchorage in La Graciosa was deserted and the sunshine on the beach fabulous.  We decided to stay here longer than one night and have time to explore ashore on Xmas eve.  It turned out to be a long day for some as they hiked up to the islands highest volcano.  The rest of us swam and snorkelled.  We also had a Xmas eve birthday, and with it being low water and a bit difficult landing on the beach we set up the BBQ on board and toasted Iain with lots of Sangria.


Not many people get to spend Xmas day in a deserted lagoon, so we decided to spend another day in the glorious island of La Graciosa.  Santa found us and there were presents all round.  Books, chocolates and Scrabble for the family, a battery drill for Richard and a barometer for me – how practical Santa was this year.  We swam and sunbathed in the morning before a full Xmas dinner complete with Xmas pud and brandy butter.  In need of some after dinner exercise we then went for a walk and beach games ashore.  No Xmas is complete without a movie, so we spent the evening watching Matt Damon as Jason Bourne – a real treat for Richard and I as we never get to the movies.

Sadly, boxing day, our last day it was time to leave and sail down the west coast of Lanzarote.  We arrived back in our base at Marina Rubicon, late afternoon having circumnavigated the island of Lanzarote just in time for a last swim and one last game of scrabble before dinner.


Tuesday morning we said goodbye – 6 more people have gone away armed with lots of leaflets and full of enthusiasm to pass on the good word.

Wow – what a great Xmas, now its time to get ready for New Year!!

Festive Greetings from Velvet Lady


After 2 weeks of sanding, varnishing and polishing Velvet Lady now gleams ready for our festive charters.  We even had time today to put up the tree!!

We have a busy 2 weeks coming up, a family of 6 join us for Xmas week tomorrow the 20th,  and they are immediately followed by our New Year group.  We have done the shopping, bought the turkey and made the mince pies.  We’re all ready and hope that  Santa will make an appearance down the companionway steps.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers old and new a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. May fair winds follow us all in 2008

We will be announcing the December competition winner and sending our quarterly newsletter on the 7th January.

Lin and Richard

Sunny Lanzarote

We enjoyed a fast sail from Madeira to the island of La Graciosa just north of Lanzarote.  Arriving mid morning we decided to spend the day at anchor in a secluded bay on the south west coast, and walk along the golden sandy beach.  What an ideal place for a barbeque. 

We sailed from La Graciosa to Arrecife, and spent a day exploring this capital city.  Just as we were approaching the harbour we heard a very British voice on the radio calling for the pilot – it was the QE2.  We watched her depart before heading into the port.

We are now settled in Marina Rubicon on the south coast of Lanzarote which is to be our base for the winter season.  It has not rained since we arrived; in fact Lanzarote gets the least amount of rain of any of the Canary Islands.  The weather is warm and sunny, but thankfully not too hot.  The evenings are pleasantly cool, just enough to need to wear a light jumper.  We are taking advantage of this sunny and dry weather to do some varnishing on Velvet Lady.  We have finished all the hard work of sanding and preparing and now Rich is busy with the varnish brush – it looks really glossy and lovely.

We are fully booked for Xmas and the first week of January, but there are still a few places available for New Year.  Why not bring in 2008 with us in the sunshine!