left Santa Cruz with a following wind of 25-30 knots, but in the lee of
the island the vulcano of 4000 meters protects you. But for the last 10
miles to Playa San Juan we had to start the engine!
Playa San Juan is a picturesque little harbour, but too small for Witte
Despite all the worries and care of local friends, our only option was to
anchor outside the harbour, i.e. in a lot of swell. The trick with the
anchor from the transom to keep the bow on the waves, did not work because
the wind came from all directions. So after two days we had had it and
went to Los Gigantes, 5 miles to the north. This is the most expensive
marina of all Canary islands, built under a gigantic wall of rocks. Lots
of wind up to 40-50 knots come off these rocks, and yachts strand
frequently in the harbour entrance.
We had lots of fun and contacts on Tenerife. In San Juan we were invited
by the Italian neighbours of Maarten & Pieter for their daily
marghuerita party at 1900 hrs. After the fourth marguerita they invited us
to join them to a nice typical Canarian fish restaurant in the next
is apperently the place to be, because the following day Antonio, owner of
the diving school took us to the same village, but now it was a chicken
Christmas eve was
on board with Maarten & Pieter
and the first day of Christmas they served dinner at their place in San Juan PHOTO
was great and in the meantime they even did our laundry!
We have been doing a lot of scuba diving. We practised a lot lately, so
with the Christmas dive PHOTO
at Los Gigantes we swam to depths of 25 meters with rays PHOTO
sharks, dolphins and many small fish (PHOTO
shows some pufferfish). The fish are nosy, they don't swim away so you can
have a good look at them. We love to be guests in this world that is so
different from our world on the surface.
6 shows a fish
farm, and if you swim below it you feel like a spider in a web.
Our scuba diving bottles were inspected by Antonio and filled before we left, which
saves us one hour of horrible noise from our air compressor.
far so good. But for us the year ended with a broken windvane autopilot
and lots of oil around the boat. The
oil came from the saildrive, and if oil could come out, water was allowed
in... it was the result of a rope in the propellor which had also deformed the
cutter ring and the anode had vanished... So the boat needed to be hailed
A bad day to end the year. We were at anchor in the bay of Los Cristianos
but we were allowed to moor in the harbour, because the wind is quite
heavy. Alongside the pirate ship. Every harbour village has such a boat,
it "sails" twice per day with 50 people on board. So we have to
move four times a day. But the pirates are extremely helpful and they gave
us even a bonito and a crate full of bananas.
The bonito is a good omen. It is Chinese superstition that fish brings
luck and fortune, and of course it must be even better if the fish was a
present and if its name is "bonito", because that means
something good. So
we look forward to the future!