We slipped our ropes
from our mooring 9th November at 08:54 and headed for Las Palmas,
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands 28:07.86N 15:25.58W
Finally I caught a tuna,
well actually I landed 2 on the way to Las
When we arrived we
anchored in a bay amongst a hundred other boats and relaxed for a little bit
but once again the boat needed more work. The next day I went to the
chanderlery and ordered my brand new marine toilet. This had been the best
thing I have ever done. The septic side of the toilet is separate to the water
intake so it stays clean; it is quite and easy to use.
I do not know how Fi and
I manage to do it but we went to the ARC welcoming party and partied all night
long. As you can imagine we were the only crew that were not part of the ARC.
Classic, I even have the T-Shirt.
comments by Fiona: A long day cruising to get to the next island of Gran Canaria
and the port of Las Palmas. The sun was out and so was
Ben’s fishing rod. He makes me laugh because the moment we slip our ropes and
before we are even out of our anchorage/marina his rods are in. This time
however was a brilliant day fishing as Ben reeled in a huge tuna. I played a
key role in assisting reeling it in by getting the fishing bag with all the accessories
and fishing equipment you can imagine, oh and also my job is too make sure the
camera is on hand ready to snap away. You can imagine how happy and proud Ben
is when the fish is finally on board and he is smiling broadly for the camera.
We got to our anchorage
in Las Palmas
in the dark. I was happy to reach Las
Palmas (the starting place of the ARC) as there were
hundreds of other boats around all preparing to do exactly what we are doing.
Apart from the 225 boats that enter the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) I’m
told there are approximately another 800 boats that cross the Atlantic
at this time every year, so it’s reassuring to know that we aren’t the only
crazy people doing this!!!
Our stay in Las Palmas was spent once
again preparing for the up and coming crossing. We met up again with many
other friends we’d met along the way and were fortunate enough to be invited to
the ARC welcoming party by our English mate Tony. I had a ball, spending the
night dancing and meeting lots of other crazy people Caribbean
Destination – Las Palmas
Traveling Direction –
Wind Direction – ??
Swell – Slight 0.5 mtrs
Average Speed – 4.8
Top Speed – 7.2 Knots
Through the water
Total distance – 57.1
Travel Time – 11.47Hours
Temperature – 26
degrees, nice and sunny
- Fiona (Happy to be back on the water and not stuck in a marina)
Missing Work – Not Yet
Expenses – €0
Next Destination – Tenerife