We left Marina Lanzarote this morning. We didn't have far to go so we were content to have a very slow sail 20 nm to a beautiful anchorage off Isola de Lobos. This is a small island off Fuerteventura Island. Perfect anchorage for the night with a nice white sandy bottom so the water is a lovely Caribbean blue. We went in for a swim and are having seafood pasta for dinner tonight. We'll leave tomorrow morning for Marina Santa Cruz on Tenerife Island about a 130nm passage. We anticipate a morning arrival on Wednesday.
October 29, 2017
We've been busy with lots of boat projects and preparing for our departure from Lanzarote Island. We noticed our VHF antenae was missing from the top of the main mast so we had a young crew member next door go up and replace it for us. All the winches are greased, sikkens applied to eyebrow, repairs to the Moniter windvane.
October 18, 2017
Al was busy at the sewing machine making a new bimini yesterday and today. We already had most of the pieces cutout so 16 hours later it is complete! My job is to hold the canvas so he can feed it through the machine easily. We are so glad we purchased the Sailrite sewing machine before we left home in 2005 as it has saved us a lot of money over the years. Al has done sail repair and many canvas projects on the boat. He even made new cockpit cushions a few years ago. The best was his cockpit enclosure which has made us so comfortable sailing in adverse conditions.
October 16, 2017
Today was Connie and Steve's last day with us on Lanzarote. We drove up to the northern part of the island again this morning. We had an exhilarating experience... It was a bit tight at times on our tour of the caves at Cueva de los Verdes. So glad we decided to check it out as it was well worth a visit. We thendrove up to Orzolo and had a nice lunch. Connie finally got her order of mussels! Yum! Our last stop was an ice cream fix. We had to make two trips to the airport to get people and luggage there. We are sending home our folding bicycles to Minnesota with Connie and Steve and their cases are quite large. It was fun having family aboard to travel with.
October 14, 2017
We wandered uptown last night. We heard music and decided to see what was happening. The crowd was just following the music. First Group by the church then the crowd followed the second band to the boardwalk. The final group was RAP on the bandstand so we had a couple of beers and went home . Today we stopped in at the Arriciefe Saturday market. Then we had a Great day at the beach Playa Blanca and a nice lunch. Connie and I browsed the shops and Connie picked up a couple of things.
October 13, 2017
Fun drive exploring the northern end of Lanzarote today. We stopped in Teguise and walked about the village. The hairpin turns winding down to Haria were reminiscent of the Atlas Mtns in Morocco. We drove up to Mirador del Rio fortress and a lookout point over to Island La Graciosa. We drove back to Haria and had a great lunch on the main square Plaza Leon Castilo. After lunch we went to Jameos del Agua a beautiful tropical garden and underground lagoon. There was an inviting swimming pool but only the King of Spain is allowed to swim in it. We continued on to Orzola at the NE tip of Lanzarote to see the surf, lagoons and beaches. It was low tide and very rocky so we didn't swim. We stopped at Arrieta for dessert at the beach restaurant but it was too busy so happily back aboard Artemis enjoying beer and gin and tonics!