Date 1st November 2014
Local Time 1000 (GMT)
Position 28:51.38N 13:48.91W
We had good wind yesterday, and sailed West across the North of Lanzarote and then South to our destination:- Playa Blanca. Lanzarote is a fascinating Island created by volcanic eruptions just 200 years ago, the soil is volcanic ash and being porous absorbs moisture overnight, allowing the locals to grow tomatoes and other vegetables. Viewed from the sea the landscape is barren and black, with some spectacular volcanic cliffs.
On the way it seemed appropriate to raise our enormous @EACH spinnaker, in 12 knots of wind, the boat went well, but soon the winds picked up to 18 knots, and bedlam ensued when we tried to drop the sail, it went in the water and nearly dragged Dolce Vita over ! My able crew, Jill, came up on the foredeck and together we managed to rescue the situation.
We made it safely to Marina Rubicon,Playa Blanca, having filled up with diesel, moored up safely. Unfortunately the bilges have diesel slopping about, in them. There must be a leak between the fuel cap and tank, I wondered what I was going to do for the next couple of days!
Marina Rubicon is a lively place with shops, bars, restaurants and live music, everyone is welcoming, and we will spend a few days here.