Canaries - At anchor La Graciosa
Date Friday 29 – Sunday 31 October 2010
Friday’s activity was to get the dinghy in the water, go ashore and walk the 2 miles across scrubby desert into downtown Graciosa. The harbour is pretty and has a regular stream of tourist boats from Lanzarotte. The town itself could double as a set for a spaghetti western with sandy unpaved streets, low white houses and not a soul stirring in the midday sun – “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”!
Saturday saw some hard labour. I decide to scrub the bottom of the boat to get rid of a small build up of weed and slime. This involved firstly donning sub-aqua gear and then trying to scrub whilst maintaining positive pressure on the hull by swimming, all the time working on compressed air. I am not sure how good this is for overall health, but I am claiming it as this week’s aerobic exercise. Just to finish off I scrubbed the waterline but that could be done snorkelling. The mate meanwhile was busy defrosting fridges, scrubbing heads – at least she did not have to wear a rubber wet suite for that. All of this was finished off with a further episode of deck polishing – we are gradually working our way around the boat There is a real issue with double handed sailing and that concerns delegation – there is nobody further down the chain of command to do the scrubbing and polishing!
Sunday morning was a little more restful and we got ashore to swim from
the beach which was a pleasant change and then back to the boat for a late lunch
and to prepare for a 1700 departure for an overnight sail to
As we were preparing to leave, children from the boats at anchor were being ferried around the anchorage trick or treating and a Halloween Party was setting up on the beach; unfortunately time and tide wait for no man……..