El Hierro

Peter and Sarah Shaw
Tue 11 Oct 2016 23:00

El Hierro



We set off from La Palma early on Wednesday 12th of October. There was no wind so we ended up motoring most of the way. The crew all enjoyed the weather and made the most of the calm conditions.


The marina at Puerto de la Estaca is very quiet and sleepy, with very simple facilities. There is not a lot at the harbour so you have to travel up to the main town of Valverde for any supermarkets and restaurants. There is a swimming beach nearby though which Emma and I tried out when we arrived. It was lovely clear warm water and very refreshing in the heat of the day.


The following day we had a tour of the island and what a beautiful island. I think we saved the best of the Canaries till last. The views from the top are breathtaking, and there is a pine forest which feels as though you could be in the South of France. We also had a visit to the power plant for the Island which is very proudly producing all its power by Wind or Hydro power. An amazing bit of engineering on such a small Island.


Again, there was more talk of the weather. A more detailed picture was available of this low that was approaching which could mean we would be heading into strong wind rather than having it behind us as it should be. The decision was made to leave El Hierro earlier than planned, to head south as much as possible to allow for the low to pass us to the north.


Emma had to decide if she was going to remain in El Hierro until her planned departure or come with us to the Cape Verde Islands, a 6-7 day passage. She managed to find some flights that would get her back from Sal, Cape Verde to Bristol where her car was, although it meant travelling to Munich, on to Barcelona then up to Bristol !!


So we are thrilled to have an extra crew member for the next passage.