Las Palmas - Week 3 - Build up to the start
Position 28:07.72N 015:25.51W
Date 2359 UTC Saturday 20 November 2010
Our third week in
Rain then kicked in which meant a shortened visit to the botanical gardens – note palm trees are useless to shelter under as they are designed to pout water down into the earth and not shed it.
We were then off into the mountains to view a volcano crater, some 200m deep.
This was just about achieved but was the last thing that we did see as the visibility closed in which limited our view to the vegetation within 150m of the coach. The situation was greatly redeemed by an excellent and very jolly lunch and a visit to the church in Arucas, below the cloud level, during our return to the marina.
The rate of activity increased with more boats arriving, white kneed
crews and “Guest” joining their boats, huge amounts of deliveries
of meat, fruit and veg, and 5 trolley loads of wine and groceries from El
Cortes Ingles. Fortunately all of these were delivered to the pontoon. Whilst
Happy hours continued and I was persuaded to play the pipes at that hosted by Admiral Marine Insurance. This was an offer difficult to refuse as they had just been asked to add my bagpipes to the boat insurance schedule.
The final official ARC Party hosted by the Las Palmas Tourist Board was held in the Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria, a very impressive venue with a huge outdoor terrace. As a result of playing at the Admiral Happy Hour I was asked to perform at the party and for a moment I definitely had centre stage.
So on to signing out and the skippers’ briefing; all very professionally arranged and managed, which has been a feature of this 25th ARC Rally.
So ready for the off on Sunday 21st. We have just the issue of final putting away of those last difficult to place items, stow bicycles and passerelle and detach ourselves from the pontoon that has been home for the last three weeks.