We left Funchal late in the afternoon and motored westward along the south coast of Madeira.
When we reached the Ponta do Pargo the northerly wind hit us and we sailed close hauled with just the jib in about 25 knots of wind and quite heavy seas. The second day the wind eased and turned more easterly as predicted and we could set more sail and have some less uncomfortable sailing. The last 100 miles or so we could run downwind with just the code.
After 3 and a half days we arrived at Vila do Porto.
Santa Maria is a small island with only about 5000 inhabitants, very laid back compared to Funchal and very few tourists.
The “capital” Vila do Porto is small with only a few shops and a couple of restaurants.
We did some boat maintenance and went for a couple of very nice hikes.
We spent almost a full month at Las Palmas at it was high time to leave. After filling up with diesel we left Marina Las Palmas a quarter past one in the afternoon.
Nice sailing, close hauled, at first but after a few hours the wind died and we had to motor towards Marina Rubicon. We tied up to the reception pontoon just after seven a´clock in the morning.
Rubicon is rather touristy but the marina is very nice.
The Papagayo beach is just an hour walk away and we went there for a swim a couple of times.
Our jib furler has not worked properly for some time now so we contacted the boatyard here in Rubicon and they dissembled the furler and took it apart. The bearings had collapsed completely. So a new furler was ordered from Germany.
While waiting for the spare parts we hired a car for two days and went around the island, visiting most of the interesting places. When the new furler arrived at last the boatyard did not have time to mount it so we had to do that ourselves.
We rented a car one more time and went to La Geria, the wine district, tried and bought some wine.
We also made a visit to Timanfaya national park.
We also went to Arricife by bus a couple of times to do some shopping and to visit friends in the marina.
We have been liveaboards for more than a year now. Half the time in Sweden, even wintertime.
We will list some useful items, here is #1.
We use it to a lot of our cooking and baking when we are in marinas and have access to shore power.
Potatoes, fries of course but we have also used it for, among other things, chicken, sausage, bacon, hash and fish fingers. Baking bread and cookies also works fine. Most of the things you make in an oven or a fryer is possible to make in an air fryer.
Is saves a lot of propane and usually we use it in the cockpit to avoid smelly fumes inside the boat.
We were heading for Lanzarote but the wind was stronger than forecasted and more on the nose so after a few hours of uncomfortable sailing we decided to go for plan B, changed course and headed for Las Palmas instead.
Instead of arriving at Lanzarote in broad daylight we arrived at Marina Las Palmas in the middle of the night. A lot of lights from the city and very difficult to see the entrance to the marina but with GPS and plotters that’s no problem.
We were lucky to get a berth right away and did not have to anchor first, waiting for an available spot.
Las Palmas is a busy city, a lot of people and a lot of traffic. The old town is really nice and so is the beach Las Canteras.
We went for walks and even bicycle rides.
In December when we were in Puerto Rico it was impossible to rent a car but now we rented a car twice and went up in the mountains, went hiking and looking at almond trees.
Of course there were a lot of socialising with other yachties and some boat maintenance. Marina Las Palmas is a very sheltered, has good service and is cheap. Some boats never leave…
We did not feel finished with Tenerife so we decided to go back, we also had some friends comings to Tenerife for a weeks holiday and we were looking forward seeing them. It was a lot easier to get a marina berth when most boats heading for the Carabien had left the Canaries.
We left Puerto Rico at first light the second of January. No wind so we motored towards Santa Cruz.
A couple of miles outside the harbour we were boarded by the Spanish customs for a routine check.
We arrived at Marina Santa Cruz well before dark.
There is a lot to see in Tenerife and we started by exploring the nice city of Santa Cruz.
Annika went to the botanical garden “Palmetum” while I was doing some work onboard.
The market Nuestra senora de Africa is really nice and we went there many times to shop and to have lunch in the fish market.
One day we took a bicycle trip to the fishing harbour, the village San Andrés and the beach Playa de Las Teresitas.
We took the bus to Puerto Santa Cruz to meet our friends and they came to us and stayed overnight, we really had a good time together. There are a lot of hiking paths on Tenerife and some were easily reached by bus.
We rented a car twice and went round the island and went for a hike to Teide.
La Laguna, the old capital was only a tram ride away, nice streets and old buildings.
We spent 3 weeks in Tenerife and there are still many things left to see and still places left to see.
We left Las Galletas after just one night, motoring to the nearby very sheltered Marina San Miguel.
San Miquel is just a golf resort and a marina but the nearby village San Blas is in walking distance, just a few kilometres away. We went for walks and a hike to Las Galletas, nice views and the path along the sea at Montana Amarilla was spectacular.
At the restaurant Alecrim we had one of the best meals, eating out, since we left Sweden.
Sailed distance 3,6 nautical miles.
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