Canaries - Travel and further information


Travelling to The Canary Islands

The nearest airport to our base in Marina Rubicon is Arrecife, Lanzarote. Marina Rubicon is located close to the centre of Playa Blanca.  This is approximately 30 minutes drive from the airport.  On arrival in Arrecife Airport  you can take a taxi to the Marina or a bus to Playa Blanca.  The taxi fare is approximately 40- 50 Euros.  Some of our guests travel on Thompson or Thomas Cook transfer buses, if so the nearest drop off is Pueblos Marineros.  If you are happy to share a transfer, try booking one on line with last minute transfers, currently 20 euro or compare transfer costs at transfers.net .  If you have time to spare you may wish to hire a car, often for the same cost as the taxi!  There is a Cabrera Medina  car rental office in the marina

Flights to Lanzarote are available from most UK airports with both scheduled airlines and charter airlines. Please see Flightmapping Lanzarote for further information on which airline serves your local airport.  When searching the internet for your flights why not try Essential Travel, Skyscanner or Just the Flight which we often refer to. 

Arrival on board
Please let us know your flight details so that we know when to expect you.
Embarkation time is 1800.
Disembarkation time is 1000.

If you arrive earlier or your flight is due to depart later than theses times, you may leave your bags on board whilst you explore ashore. If your flight is due to arrive later than 1800 do not worry, we will adapt the evening programme to suit your arrival time. If you experience any delays whilst travelling, please let us know.

Travel Documentation

Passport
You require a valid in date passport for this trip.

Visas
Currently no visas are required by British subjects or any citizen of an EC country, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States. Please check with the Spanish Embassy for visa requirements for other nationals.

Travel Insurance
It is a condition of booking that you require travel insurance. Please bring evidence of travel insurance with you together with the emergency contact numbers. This travel insurance must cover you for medical evacuation from the boat and repatriation. Please be aware that a lot of travel policies have exclusions for hazardous sports, and sailing is often listed as one of them, this means your regular insurance provider may not be giving you suitable cover for this trip. Please check with your insurance company.
For insurance that does cover sailing try GH Insurance or Dogtag Insurance
We also recommend that you carry your EHIC with you. Apply for one free on line here

Guest Information form
To ensure your comfort and safety on board we need to know a little bit more about you. After we receive your booking we will e mail you a guest information form. Please complete it and e mail it back to us to ensure that we have the relevant information to make your holiday a success. Please check that you tetanus vaccinations are up to date.

What to Bring

The temperature in the Canary Islands at this time of year ranges from 19 to 23 degrees. Warm and sunny during the day time but often cool enough to need a jumper in the evenings.

Whilst sailing especially on overnight passages, the wind chill can make it cool enough to need a lightweight jacket. It is also important to remember that it is possible to burn from the reflection of the sun off the water even if you do not feel very hot. In this instance it is advisable to have a long sleeved thin shirt and a thin pair of trousers to protect you.

When packing please remember to use a soft bag – there is no room for hard suitcases on board. Please also note that whilst we have more stowage space than a smaller yacht, space is still limited.
We provide you with;
Use of breathable foul weather gear
Use of lifejacket and safety harness
Duvet, pillow, linen and one large towel
When packing for a sailing trip please remember that lots of thin layers are better than one thick one. It is easier to cool down than to warm up, so we recommend that you start with a lot of layers, and if they are too much you can always take one off.

Bearing this in mind we advise you to bring

T Shirts/Polo shirts
Shorts
Long sleeved shirt
Fleece Jumper – not wool as this is difficult to dry
Fleece Trousers or tracksuit bottoms
Light sailing/walking trousers – please do not bring jeans as they do not dry
Light weight waterproof jacket
Socks
Fleece Hat
Cap to keep the sun off
Gloves
Deck shoes with a non marking non slip tread (fine treads are more effective than deep treads)
Sailing boots if you have them if not a second pair of deck shoes


Much of this clothing is available from specialised sailing shops, but can be expensive. Any outdoor clothing for walking, skiing, hiking etc will work just as well.

Casual clothes to wear ashore
Shoes for wearing ashore
Light weight waterproof trousers (the waterproofs we loan you are heavy duty and not suitable for wearing ashore in drizzle)
Swim suit
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Wash Kit
Personal medication - please bring sufficient for the trip plus extra and any medication you may need in an emergency
Small selection of your favourite CD’s and books
Camera and film
Small pair of binoculars

There is a hairdryer on board for your use, please do not try plugging your own hairdryer in There are 240V sockets available to charge up phones, cameras, electric razors etc

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