Biscay next

We left Lanzarote 3 weeks ago and are now on the north coast of Spain waiting for weather to cross Biscay.

It took us 6 days and a lively sail from Lanzarote to Sines, then we went cruising along the Portuguese coast from Sines to Sisembra, Setubal, Ria Sado and Cascais before the next long hop. 3 days from Cascais to Ria de Cedeira.

Biscay next, and we’re hoping for some ‘nice weather’ to get us to the Brittany coast.

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.

Norway Cruising Ground and Maps

Our cruising area in Norway is vast – take a look at these two interactive maps to give you an idea of the scale and the choice of places to go.  Whatever the weather we will find sheltered cruising grounds and fantastic harbours/anchorages.

You can zoom in or out on both maps.

The first Map – a google map – Bergen and Floro are in blue.  It gives a guide to a selection of places we could go on a 10 day trip with anchor signs. We aim to spend a day in Balestrand to explore – the circles are places further into the fjord that we could go to by bus or ferry on our shore day.

This second map is a Norwegian Navigation chart.  You will have to accept cookies in Norwegian to view it.  This shows in far more detail the many different options there are for harbours and anchorages. Click on the icons for harbour descriptions. Blue number 1 is to highlight our  base at Bergen.

If you want to see the map larger click on Vis pa Gule Sider – which will take you to the main website (in Norwegian) and allow you to change the view from satellite picture to land map to nautical chart (sjokart)


A change of plan

Our trips are always subject to weather. This week it was too windy to land on the beach on our Graciosa day so instead we went for a sail to circumnavigate Graciosa and the other islands.

This was followed by a really calm day so we got to land in Graciosa anyway and then sail down the west coast on our last day. 138 miles later we were back in Rubicon and out for Tapas before our guests headed back to UK.

Glorious Graciosa

Approaching Graciosa at sunset.

I love it when a plan comes together! For a while at the beginning of the week it looked like the weather might scupper our plans for a day ashore in Graciosa, but the forecast 25 knots of wind and 2 metre swell did not materialise.

A perfect day between 2 long sails was how our day in Graciosa was described by our guests – 51 miles by the log to get there from Arrecife – a beat to windward as always, and 42 miles downwind back to Papagayo.

135 miles in total and we circumnavigated both Lanzarote and the tiny island of Lobos

Want to try it yourself – just a few places left for the winter – 2 places from 14th – 21st February and 1 place from 24th February to 3rd March. See our programme here