We bade farewell
to the fishermen in
Essaouira (Morocco PHOTO
and headed for Lanzarote. We had a marvellous sailing trip with on the
first evening a beautiful sunset PHOTO
255 miles further and 46 hours later we dropped our anchor in the
sheltered bay of Puerto de Naos (Arrecife).
What a difference with Morocco! Silence all around us! Now we realised how
busy things are on the Moroccan quays, the fishermen, the fish market, and
we missed it immediately. The nice part about our new surrounding was that many people came by in
their dinghies to say hello, as yachties are keen on social contacts.
We were invited on a huge catamaran from Norway (35 foot wide) so we could
finally stretch our legs on board!
Did we have to get used to the hassle with anchoring and the dinghy, our
first steps on the shore were an absolute culture shock! Sunday and siesta:
not a soul on the street, no donkeys, no handcarts and people sitting or
lying around and greeting you kindly.
While enjoying a slush ice on the boulevard, we decided there and then to
postpone the Caribbean for one more year, also because we feel that we have
missed a lot. Our amended sailplan obviously includes Morocco again because
the Sahara and the Atlas mountains are tempting us, and we also want to
visit the north coast of Morocco. Then we'll continue to south Spain and
Portugal and resume our initial plan by going to Madeira.
first the Canaries. Unfortunately we had to skip the beautiful island of La
Graciosa because the anchoring bays were at that moment not sheltered against the
prevailing winds. On Lanzarote
we checked out Arrecife only but probably we'll return there before
leaving for Morocco.
Lanzarote is a beautiful island with some nature parcs. The houses are not
higher than 3 or 4 stories, all beautiful white with woodwork painted
green or blue.PHOTO
On Fuerteventura we visited two towns and decided that the island is
quite barren. Viewed from the sea the brown slopes look rather nice,
especially when some clouds make the scene "lively" PHOTO
but the smell of sun tan and cream&oil that rises from the beaches,
crowded with rows of lobster pink English tourists, is breathtaking. We
didn't dare joining them but instead played with our scuba diving gear and
used our air compressor for the first time to fill the bottles. It gave a lot of
noise but within an hour we had the two bottles filled. We put on our suits
& gear and swam for an hour or so in the 5 m deep harbour. The water
was crystal clear so we could check Witte Raaf's keel and saw that nothing's
wrong despite the violent crash in the Oualidia lagoon in Morocco.
a heavy day of sailing (wind speed up to 30 kts) we moored on Gran Canaria
in Las Palmas. It happened to be the 5th of December, Sinterklaas,
so we invited our Dutch neighbours and had a nice evening with typical
Dutch sweets. PHOTO
In Las Palmas yachties are busy. Stocking food for 4 weeks, gathering
information... An extremely stressed Dutch guy on a Bavaria 48, left
Marseille on the 1st of October with a spic&span new yacht and the
new born idea of an Atlantic trip with wife and 4 kids. Didn't have the
time to make any preparation, so he asked us if we could provide some
weather charts? One look at our computer screen and he exclaimed immediately:
"Tomorrow we'll leave
at 0800!" Having just arrived from Madeira.
We are so glad that we are not in a hurry.