After 2 days sailing in rough conditions (again) we reached La Graciosa and our friends from the S/Y Stressless had already prepared for barbecue. Wonderful.
Even here life was hiking and swimming/ snorkelling. One hour’s March to the little town (with only sandy streets) to fill up the stock. Weather allowed a stay of 6 days before the next period with strong winds arrived and we sailed along the Wild West Coast with Lava Fields and Vulcanos to Marina Rubicon in the south.
One of the best marinas so far. Surrounded by nice restaurants and shops. We stayed 2 days and spent next 2 days in the fantastic bay of papageyos at anchor. Here the water is crystal clear and allows very good snorkelling 🐠 on Sandy ground with lava cliffs. Monday we had an appointment at the boatyard in Porto Calero to lift out the boat.
We needed to change stuffing box and bearing of the propeller shaft and get a new painting of anti fouling on the underwater ship. Happy surprise, Anneli and Jörgen from our home town who were on holidays came over on board for tea time.
Next day we spent a nice evening with Jörg and Jens from S/Y Sissi.
Unfortunately during our hard stand (we could live on board) we had stormy winds the whole time so being on the ship was not quite comfortable.
Things got even worse the last day when the whole marina and boatyard became covered with red sand. Everybody was cleaning up their boats the next days…but we were happy to be in the water again and returned to Marina Rubicon. After extensive cleaning of the boat from all sand we hired a car and enjoyed touristic life. Torsten could finally surf 🏄♂️ several days, and we did a lot of sightseeing, wine yards in the lava fields, lava cliffs, salinas and did some shopping. Mostly food and marine stuff. Even enjoyed the swimming pool in the marina which reminded us of summer in Sweden because of the really cold water.
In middle of November with fair Winds we continued to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 26 hours sailing.