Alcedo Blog, 16/07/2013 Puerto Calero, 28.54.98N 13.42.35W

David Batten
Tue 16 Jul 2013 18:24
We have enjoyed 5 wonderful days of walking, swimming, eating and drinking, we have a very professional bartender on board now, very keen to experiment with the cocktails. White Ladies is probably the favourite, but lemons and fresh mint is not always available in the correct quantities and limes are nowhere to be found. The weather has been mixed with cloudy and sunny days and one lovely less windy day, but the wind has been slowly increasing again since. There has been no hassle from the patrol boat and we have not seen it since day one, but we had permission to anchor off Playa Francesca so were not concerned. There have been as many as 11other yachts anchored with us, but there is plenty of room. It was fiesta time on Graciosa, so noisy on the one windless night, otherwise we never really heard the music.

We left the anchorage at about 8.00am this morning and motor sailed out of the Estrecho del Rio, with wind from the North East and had a lively and rough sail down the coast in up to 30 plus knots of true wind until past Arrecife and the breakfast cook and bartender did us proud with melon followed by scrambled egg during the roughest part. After Arrecife, things became more peaceful and we arrived in Puerto Calero in time for a late lunch. We were being blown off the pontoon this time and it was difficult to keep close enough for a change, so the paintwork was quite safe!

It has been the first really hot afternoon, so a swim off the beach and serious tanning were the order of the day. Now sadly time for the Deck Jewellery, Bartender and Chief Washer Upper to pack before their last supper and the last round of cocktails. We definitely need a day or two on the wagon now!


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