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Last update September 30 2011.
After Playa Blanca in Lanzarote we sailed along the West coast of Fuerteventura.
The view reminds us of the Northern Sinai. A little further we find the charted bay at Gran Tarajal
where we throw out our anchor. Gran Tarajal is not very touristic, but its promenade is long and well laid out. There are also a
number of squares with fountains, very spanish all.
After a few days we sailed on and passed Morro Jable with its big hotels and a beautiful long beach. But we decided to proceed to the tip of Fuerteventura, it's easier to sail from here to Las Palmas, at least 7 miles shorter again. So we stopped at Puertito de la Luz on September 3, a tiny village. The anchorage is rolly and the village very very loud, it seems as if the whole village is alive untill 0700 next morning, with all this it is not a success anchorage.
After a night with little sleep, we sailed to Gran Canaria, around 50 miles to go. It's cloudy and raining. After 7 hours of sailing (again 7knots average, we're getting used to this) we entered the port of Las Palmas and dropped our anchor in the harbor. We are located between the marina and the Club Nautico, nice anchorage and certainly not a bad place to be, contrary to what many people (and guide books) say, although it can be a bit rolly.
Las Palmas is the capital and largest city of the archipelago. It is in the northeast of Gran Canaria and was founded in 1478. From the early years of Las Palmas up and untill now it is an important port. We Dutch also have a history in Las Palmas, the Dutch have sacked the city in 1599... We hope they don't hold it against us today.
In Las Palmas you will find everything, there are supermarkets, shipchandlers and there is big industerial area. We hugely enjoyed it all.
We arrived in Las Palmas early September and will leave somewhere next day(s), but we haven't been here the whole month. In between we flew back to the Netherlands to see our parents before the big trip. We had a very high-quality-time back home and will take all those memories with us on our trip.
After our holiday in the Netherlands we flew back to JoHo in Las Palmas, rented a car, stocked up the boat and did some site seeing. There is a volcanic cone on the island, called Pico de las Nieves, the mountain slopes extend to the ocean. because of this mountain Gran Canaria has two climates. In the south it's dry and hot, in the north it's humid. We drove through mountains and canyons. Gran Canaria also has many reservoirs and dams, fresh water in abundance. Along the coast we find dunes and the many small harbors and marinas. We enjoyed it, it's a beautiful island.
Now it's time to set sail again.
Our plan is to sail to the smaller islands first, then to the Cape Verdes, maybe Gambia and then Brazil, where we'll make a choice. Either through the Panama Canal to the Pacific or maybe down to Cape Horn and then into the Pacific. Both have their (dis)advantages and time will tell which way we're going to sail.
If you're interested in sailing the BAHAMAS, BERMUDA, MALDIVES or BONAIRE have a look at our books at SAILADVENTURES where the books are available online.
You can always mail us for more info on these cruising grounds or cruising in general, we'll gladly help you out.
JoHo is in the marina of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria at 28 °07,8' N - 15°25,5' W.
You can reach us by e-mail and Sat phone 00870776456078.
To go off again and sail to less explored areas, maybe begin the start of a circumnavigation (although to circumnavigate is not the goal).
JoHo will be our main address, floating office and home for the next year.
Still we'll have to work some in between where and when possible, compiling a few cruising guides on our way.
John and Jolanda.