Christmas aboard Velvet Lady

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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.

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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.

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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!!