Our First Shark

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Amongst the questions on the first day this week was ‘What kind of wildlife will we see’. 

It is very difficult to predict this and we certainly can’t promise but we do usually see dolphins.  During the week we were very excited to see  loads of dolphins leaping and playing, a large group of pilot whales and most especially our first shark which was most unexpected.  It behaved very differently to the dolphins and pilot whales and its fin was definitely different.  After many hours scouring the whales and dolphins book we finally found a matching picture in our Oceans book.  I have since been on line and learnt that there are indeed quite a few different varieties of shark in the Canary Islands.  As ever it was very difficult to take a photograph – there one minute gone the next.

We were joined for Xmas week by Graham, Sue, Christine and Philip and sailed 157 nm in varied conditions.  We had some  fantastic sailing in winds from Force 3 right up to Force 8 – and so did not really follow the itinerary plan but sailed where was most prudent for the wind direction.  The wind was mainly from the South East which is unusual for the Canary Islands but it gave us the chance to visit the tiny village of El Cotillo in Fuerteventura. 

We spent Xmas day sailing from Marina Rubicon to Puerto Calero and then enjoyed a full traditional Xmas Dinner.  Boxing Day we sailed to Papagayo beach and relaxed for the afternoon in the fantastic sunshine before heading into the marina at sunset – a perfect day to end the week. 

Our turn around is short here with the Xmas guests leaving on 27th December and New Year guests arriving 29th December so I’ll keep this short – look out for our newsletter and end of December competition winner next week!

Have a great New Years Eve and we’ll be back in 2009!