We had to head to the marina Las Palmas for meeting the other boats/crews of the Viking Explorers.
Sailing from south of Tenerife was hard work. Because of the announced stormy weather with high waves we took shelter in one of the few bays of Gran Canarias west coast, Puerto de las Nieves. We anchored opposite to the ferry dock for three nights. The third day we tried our way out of the bay in rough weather. Hard winds up to 28 knots from northeast and rough sea with 3 m waves made sailing round the northwest cliffs of Grand Canary a real fight. We got a lot of salty showers right at our backs. But nice to meet again dolfins and which a surprise a turtle miles from the coast in the rough sea. Finally we made it to Las Palmas already in the dark. The bay of Las Palmas is crowded with big vessels at anchor. We had to seek our way between them in the dark. But fortunately they are well lighted and especially lot’s of oil rigs around the port looks somewhat like Christmas trees. Finding our way into the marina we had to stay at the fuel pontoon until the next morning.
After customs and check in formalities we had been advised a berth at S-pontoon where most of the participants of the Viking Explorers rally to the Caribbean already had arrived.
We met the crew of Amiga, Eva and Joakim, again in Sailors Bar for a welcome drink. The next day we took our folding bicycles to explore the shopping possibilities of Las Palmas both for boat stuff and food. Because of our engagement in the seminar “Staying healthy-be your own doctor” which included some hands-on at First Aid and sewing practice we were busy during the week with preparing this lecture.
But there was time for a guided hike by Micke Vestin (one of the Viking organisers) round the volcano Caldera de Bandama.
There were even some seminars in communication offshore, provisioning and safety. And as well social events like pontoon cinema, put-luck and jumble. We spent a lot of time for repairs, e.g. upgrading the power supply with additional sun panels and a generator-battery charge controller.
The marina Las Palmas offer some uninvited guests like cockroaches and thieves which do life at the pontoon sometimes unpleasant.
Over the Christmas days we flew to Germany to meet our families.