Christmas Sailing holiday – last minute vacancies

Papagayo beach, one of our favourites in Lanzarote

Wow.  We are sitting here in Madeira where the sun is shining, and getting ready to head down to Lanzarote.  Imagine our surprise when we looked online for BBC news, to discover that the UK is covered in snow.  There will be none for us this winter – well not in Lanzarote at least.  We are hoping of course, that there will be snow in January when it is time for us to go skiing.

Unfortunately for them, 2 of our guests have had to cancel their christmas sailing holiday, which of course leaves us with spaces to fill.  Why not join us.  This message refers to Christmas 2010

Christmas Week 2010 – £595 per person

Join us aboard Velvet Lady in Lanzarote at 1800 on Monday 20th December, depart on 1000 Monday 27th December, giving you all day to travel – interested, book directly from the itinerary page on our website.

Flights are still available for these dates.  As of today 30th November I have found that the cheapest route is Edinburgh to Lanzarote with Ryanair  £70-  Bristol £82 per person return.  Birmingham £112, London Stansted £182.

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New Year Week 2010/11 – £595 per person

There are also still 2 places available for New Year week.  So far on this trip we have 2 single males and 2 single females – so dont be afraid to come along on your own.  We will ensure you share a cabin with a member of the same sex.  Of course as there is still one cabin free, you can also join as a couple.

Join us in Lanzarote at 1800 on Wednesday 29th December and depart at 1000 on Wednesday 5th January, giving you all day to travel – interested, book directly from the itinerary page on our website

Direct Flights are still available for this trip.  Fly with Ryanair from Bristol for £203 per person.  Alternatively, to fly from London Stansted, add 1 day extra to each end of your trip and the flight is £152. Accomodation is available in Playa Blanca for £42 per room.

Our trip from Rota to Madeira, was rather different than expected.  We did not experience many trade winds at all, and instead sailed hard on the wind the whole way.  This gave us a very fast passage, and with 630 miles logged after tacking, we also managed a stop in Porto Santo, the tiny island 30 miles north east of Madeira.  Madeira is a very green island and so we shouldn’t have been surprised at the amount of rain that greeted our arrival!  Our oilskins were well worn.

For a last night celebration, we headed out to the tiny town of Machico, and found a fabulous sea food restaurant overlooking the beach.  All on board had thoroughly enjoyed their time on Velvet Lady, and were reluctant to go home!

We are only here for a few more days and then head down to Lanzarote this weekend.