La Gomera was really nice but it was time to get closer to Gran Canaria where we have booked a berth in Puerto Rico marina for Christmas.
We left Marina San Sebastian at nine fifteen in the morning. Nice sailing at first but the wind dropped and we had to motor.
A pod of pilot whales kept us company for a while. The last miles into Las Galletas were very windy, the wind right in the nose of course. Tricky to get the mooring lines in place in the strong wind. Nice little village and we went out for a meal. The marina not so nice.
After 4 days of cleaning the boat from ash we felt we had enough of La Palma and it was time to move on. We left Santa Cruz de La Palma late in the afternoon as we wanted to get to Gomera at dawn.
Very little wind so we motored slowly towards Marina La Gomera at San Sebastian. We arrived at 8 a´clock and had to wait at the fuel dock until the marina office opened and the marina staff showed us our berth.
San Sebastian is a nice little town with a lot of restaurants and bars. Quite a lot of tourists around, mostly people hiking on the island. We rented a car for two days and drove around and saw picturesque villages and holiday resorts.
We went for several hikes, taking the bus to Garajonay national park and visited Alto de Garajonay, the highest peak on Gomera and other places of interest, a lot of nice views even if it was a little bit too cloudy or misty to get the really good views.
After 11 days in Quinta do Lordo it was time to move on. It was very difficult to get a berth or mooring anywhere in the Canaries but Marina Santa Cruz de La Palma welcomed us so together with sy Capella we left Quinta do Lordo in the morning November 18th.
Really good sailing to start with, dead running and around 15 knots of wind. In the evening the wind shifted more towards east but still nice sailing. In the morning the wind died and the rest of the trip was a mixture of sailing, motoring and motor sailing.
When we got closer to La Palma the sky was red from the erupting volcano Cumbre Vieja. After almost two full days we arrived at Santa Cruz de La Palma.
Very few boats and we could pick and choose a suitable berth. The volcano is very active and the air polluted bye ash. We had to clean the boat at least twice a day and at one time we had to wear googles and mask when walking into town.
Together with the Capella crew we rented a car and went for a trip around the island. We stopped at Roches los Muchachos, 2426 metres above sea level and then went on to see the vulcano. Spectacular and a bit scary. The next day we took the car to do some shopping.
We left Porto Santo just before noon, without being ashore. We did get one night of descent sleep though.
Our friends on sy Capella arrived soon after and we went out for dinner together.
The distance to Quinta do Lorde was only 30 nautical miles and after 6 hours sailing wing on wing we arrived at the marina and was guided by the marina staff to a good berth. What a difference from Porto Santo, so tranquil and safe.
Quinta do Lorde is a resort built in 2002 with around 150 rooms/apartments , swimming pools, gym, restaurants, shops and a marina. It went bankrupt in 2019 and only the marina, one restaurant and one shop is open. The rest is empty and deserted, a little bit like the movie “The Shining”.
After 5 day in Porto we set off for Porto Santo, to get further south and to meet our friends on sy Capella and sy Star. The weather forecast promised a beam reach and around 20 knots of wind.
We left Porto at first light but instead of a beam reach we where close hauled in 25 knots of wind gusting up to 35 knots and an uncomfortable sea state. Not funny. After a day and a half the wind eased some and shifted into a broad reach, still a lot of squalls with rain and wind.
Even if it was uncomfortable we were doing quite good speed and reached Porto Santo after 4 and a half days, with an average speed of almost 6 knots. We arrived just after dark and anchored close to sy Capella.
It was very windy and we dragged anchor and had to move before we felt safe enough to go to sleep. The next morning we dragged anchor again. The anchorage was very crowded and we did not feel safe so we decided to sail to Madeira instead.
After a couple of days in A Coruna it was time to continue south. We left at dawn after a stop at the fuel dock.
Our plan was to go to Camarinas but when we got there we decided to continue south to Porto, motoring all night.
We arrived at Porto after 31 hours at sea. Really nice to be back in Porto, we have been here quite a lot even if it was a long time ago. The marina is located close to the river mouth and a few kilometres from the city centre but it is a nice walk into town. We walked around in Porto the whole next day.
We got together with old friends, thanks for your hospitality!
Not far from the marine there is a shopping mall with a big supermarket and we went there twice to get provisions as we were planning to go from Porto to Porto Santo, just over 600 nautical miles away.