Sailing Holiday in the Canaries

Only 4 hours away by plane The Canary Islands are an ideal place to explore whilst soaking up some winter sunshine. The temperature is usually about 20 degrees, and it is daylight for 11 hours.  Sunset is 1800 ish, a perfect time for a sundowner on deck!  Join us here for Christmas, New Year or some winter sun in January, February and into March.   Will it snow?  Definitely not!

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Our base is Lanzarote which is situated just 70 miles off the coast of Africa and is the most easterly of the Canary Islands. The island is 37 miles (60km) long and 12 miles (20 km) wide, making it the fourth largest island in the Canaries.  Lanzarote is renowned for its mild dry climate, with average daytime temperatures of 21C in January.  Lanzarote is the driest of the Canary Islands, with no more than 20 days rain per year! Situated in the trade wind belt the wind is predominantly North Easterly and the frequency of gales is low.  The islands are not affected by hurricanes. Don’t forget your shorts, t shirts and sun tan lotion!
 
We have now visited all of the islands in the Canary Island chain, and Lanzarote remains our firm favourite.  Why?  We feel at home here!  Lanzarote is different to the other six islands mainly due to the influence of Cezar Manrique.  As artistic advisor to the government he ensured there was strict control in the planning and building of tourist developments and tourist attractions.  Everywhere is a theme of simplicity, with whitewashed buildings and colourful fishermens huts.  With no building allowed to be more than four stories, there is none of the ‘concrete jungle’ appearance of Playa de Las Americas.

As with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is Volcanic in origin. Due to the recent eruptions during the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear to be from another world, often described as 'lunar' or 'Martian', so much so that parts of 'Planet of the Apes' were shot here.  The dry climate (and lack of erosion) means that the Volcanic Landscape appears much as it did just after the eruptions.
Despite the Volcanic nature of the island, Lanzarote  has several beautiful white sandy beaches.

Lanzarote is ideally suited for our relaxed week adventure sailing holidays.  There are two modern marinas, and plenty of bays with golden beaches to anchor off.  Our local favourite is Papagayo, and we have spent many a night watching the sun go down from here.  In addition, there is the beautiful island of La Graciosa situated just off the north coast.  A place many people do not get to visit as it is only accessible by boat.  On our Canary Island sailing holidays we include one non sailing day.   We sail for 5 days and aim to spend the 6th day ashore in La Graciosa – weather permitting.  We expect to sail 120 - 150nm on these weeks

As a next step up from day sailing, why not try something different and our Blue Water Milebuilding passage when we leave Lanzarote in March and head north to Madeira.  A great trip to sample your first taste of true ocean sailing on the 3 day passage north.  We will spend our first day sailing along the volcanic coastline of Lanzarote and stop in the modern marina at Puerto Calero before setting off on  a 2 to 3 day passage.  This takes us 270nm across the Atlantic to Funchal, the vibrant capital city of Madeira.  After spending the night here we will continue along the Madeira coastline to Quinto da Lorde marina  situated close to the airport at the eastern end of the island, our port of disembarkation

We are happy to take people of all levels from beginners to experienced sailors on any of our sailing holidays.  We do not offer courses, but are on hand to encourage you to put into practice what you already know and give you more experience.  We can also coach you in new skills.  Our trips in the Canary Island are a good ‘next step’ for people newly qualified from Day Skipper courses or who want something similar to Flotilla sailing.  They are also an opportunity for Yachtmasters to broaden their experience and learn more about sailing larger yachts.  The Canary Islands are a great place for beginners too. Learn to sail in the sunshine.

Learn more about Lanzarote on Lanzarote Information or on The Canary Islander websites

As with all sailing holidays our itineraries are weather dependent, but to give you an idea of where we might go, see the sample itineraries on the following pages

 


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