Nov 9 28:07.679N 15:25.617W

Ron Stubbington
Mon 9 Nov 2009 17:21
Erasmos has arrived in the Canary Islands today at 8:30 am local time.  We have travelled non stop from Gibraltar harbour to here a  distance of 716 nautical miles.  We had terrible weather and sea conditions the whole way.  The winds were constantly behind us at a low of 15 knots to a high of 37 knots with the average most of the time 20 to 25 knots.  The sea state was large swells from 3 to 6 meters all the time with very choppy on top.  Needless to say, the crew got very little sleep from the constant bashing about.  We were lucky in one aspect that we only took one wave over the stern to the cockpit and one side wave that washed the galley at dinner time along with the cooks. We were able to mop the water out of the boat and carried on.  Weather today is warm but overcast. We are berthed in the marina in Las Palmas and have got checked in with the ARC.   Over the next week there are a number of seminars we will be attending on  transiting the Atlantic.  We have a safety inspection of our boat and gear scheduled for tomorrow.  Tonight we are attending a welcoming function for the participants. We hope to get one day free to do some sightseeing while we are here.