Gaviota of Cowes first web diary post
From Annabel on AJYmail 08.20 Thurs 8 Nov
Gaviota Pre-ARC2007 Gibraltar-Gran Canaria
After many months of preparation and
packing up our previous homes and lives, Syd and Annabel flew down to
On Tue 30 Oct we sailed out of
We ‘found’ Smir last winter; the marina is big, empty and very quiet but the workshop is friendly, efficient and good-value with a 150tn travellift and plenty of hard standing space where you can do your own work on the boat as well. We had the keel scrubbed and re-anti-fouled and replaced most of the anodes.
….picture of G out of water Feb07
At 08.45 on Friday 2 November we left Smir
on our passage to
This calm weather did however enable us to
test some of our new kit, particularly the Maxsea navigation software, including
getting weather grib files using our new Iridium satellite phone. The generator had been spewing diesel
when we tried it on Friday so that took some fixing because of its location,
although luckily it was only a loose nut.
We had filled up with diesel on leaving
Apart from lack of wind, the weather was enjoyably warm and sunny during the day but cool enough at night to need full ‘oilskins’ over trousers and long-sleeved shirts when up on deck at night. There were great sunsets, and a fabulous show of stars and a crescent moon every night.
Our watch pattern of 3 hours each, starting at 20.00hrs worked well, with Syd getting enough sleep and Annabel enjoying the dawn watch; camera out again for the sunrises:
Not captured on camera were the large turtle we caught sunbathing on Monday, the little brown birds which visited us most mornings but couldn’t be identified, although Annabel did manage to identify some storm petrels from the useful little seabird book she’d borrowed from a friend in Glasgow.
We saw the usual collection of tankers, unpredictable fishing boats and other yachts by day and night; we talked to a French yacht which followed us on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday the QEII sailed past on one of her final cruises.
Early on Tuesday 6 November we reached the northern tip of Lanzarote in time for a particularly good sunrise:
We had decided to go into Marina Rubicon,
28°51.6’N 13°49’W near Playa Blanca at the southern end of Lanzarote on Tuesday
for a night or two as we were not due in
The wind got up to 8kts sailing along the
western coast of
Although the passage had been (too?)easy
with all the motoring and we felt we’d got enough sleep in our off-watches, we
felt really shattered, like being jetlagged. Syd did a couple of little jobs on the
boat and Annabel went off to get these photos developed and some essentials from
the supermarket, then we walked all the way into Playa Blanca to a great little
fish restaurant at the harbour there for an evening meal and enjoyed a full
night’s sleep. On Wednesday we met
another ARC participant and his wife, did some admin on the computers using the
marina’s wi-fi connection, had a tasty lunch in a café and cleaned the hull and
some of the rest of the outside of the boat. We decided to stay at Rubicon until
Friday 9 Nov when we would sail to