Working on our sea legs

We couldn’t leave the marina without providing a little bit of Hafenkino… backing out of our box against the increasing winds meant that we were not able to turn Tioga for the way out. Instead, Tioga chose to back towards the pier with quite a crowd watching us wondering why we did not turn the other way…with the help of a few others we backed her into another berth, used a bowline to turn her on the way out and off we went.

Sailing down the coast of Lanzarote with 20N pushing for was a great start. When we turned West to sail in between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura conditions quickly changed… we had about 10-12ft swells and 23kn from slightly forward. A number of the steeper waves broke and we began our ocean dance.

Sleeping and eating are still a challenge (as always on the first 3 days of offshore sailing) and 3 of the 5 crew have already fed yhe fish.

By now, we are half way past Teneriffa and plan to sail more West than South to take advantage of the northerly wind.

Flying fish and shooting stars were the highlights so far.

The water is warm (25C/80F) and the air nice, we are in our full foul weather gear, though, aes the sailing is very wet.

Moving on

We are finally ready, have cleared customs, paid the marina and are setting the sails. We have about 3000nm ahead of us and maybe this time we’ll catch some fish…

In the morning, we installed a 12V outlet for Ben’s mask in the main cabin, “aqua man” Josh replaced the zinc at the keel all by himself, the boys topped of the water and the remaining items were stowed away.
Unfortunately, we could not get the drone to work due to upgrade issues with the software – so no drone footage during this trip.

It is raining here in Lanzarote and the wind is slowly picking up. We even saw our first rainbow in this usually very dry place.


Of wobblers and keel hauling

We bought way too much food – way to much – but more about the later.

A decision was made: we agreed that the forecast hadĀ improved sufficiently to not rush into our departure and leave today already.
With that, we are back to our original plan of leaving Friday afternoon. This also leave us sufficient time to spread the remaining work over two days and also carve out some time for the 3 amigos to rent a car and quickly tour parts of the island.

Of course that rental car trip had to be earned first. After a quick shower and breakfast in the cockpit, we went straight to it. The crew jumped into water to scrub the bottom (we tied a line around the boat/under the keel to pull rather swim under the boat), we replaced the reefing lines and lifesling cover, unpacked and stowed away all the items the team brought from the US. We took care of the paperwork for customs, got more fishing gear (wobblers in red as color apparently matters and should be aligned with our cruising speed, more wire leaders and a thinner fishing line (the current one is sized to catch large tuna in the 100’s of pounds range – which we do not want to catch, really)) and even managed to get some of the tooling we still need to repair the outboard bracket.

Buying a truckload of perishables and another nice meal out rounded off the day.
We have by now run out of space on the boat and filled just about every little space there is that could store some type of food. The captain is sleeping under a net full of apples. Jake has two nets filled with all kinds of fruit over his head. Most of the drawers store a combination of kitchen utensils and carrots or avocados. The waterline is long gone and so are our hopes to lose some weight during the trip….
On the other hand, we only live once and having a nice meal here and there will certainly make this trip more enjoyable.
If we only had a cook on board šŸ˜‰




The other kind of visitor

When riding my bike down south to Porto del Carmen (a very nice 17km coastal path) it occurred to me that most of the sailors visiting Lanzarote live in a totally different world than all the tourist I watched today. We will not get to see a hotel or apartment from the inside, we will likely not sit at the beach or frequent all the restaurants, in fact we barely have time to see much of the island because of all the boatwork and never ending preparation for the next long distance sail.
It does not mean that we do not have a good time, not at all – it is just very different, Ā but still thoroughly enjoyable.

I was quite surprised to see that all our digital charts had disappeared from our iPad when testing all systems last night. A few hours later is was all fixed, but shows how dependent on electronics we are these days.
Today, was more mechanical as I also ran the engine to ensure all was good – and it wasn’t.
An hour later, we had the water pump running again and are all set here as well.
Unfortunately, there is no fuel dock in Arrecife, so we will need to find an alternative to fill our diesel tanks. More to come.
By now we finally have all the parts to assemble the inner forestay again and got the terminal to receive them all.
Max arrived this afternoon from Berlin and we will climb up the mast tomorrow to install the new t-hooks and inner forestay.

Impressions from today’s trip to Porto del Carmen:

Weather with you

The day started a little later than planned. That is because the night club’s speakers were too good to ignore and played until 6am. The fact that the outboard which was leaning against the cockpit table fell over at 5am did not help. It is highly likely that the two 25 year-olds that were soon thereafter jumping over the wall to get away from the security guard might have something to do with this. At least good to know that I got some deeper sleep that night and the the security folks were watching …

Before I went to bed, I was watching Elfje, the tall yacht on yesterday’s photos, leave into the dark. Check out their website – quite an impressive toy.

the day started very well with blue skies, a light breeze and about 22C. There was lots of action on all the other boats. People were putting varnish on, prepping for their transatlantic etc.
I got quite a few things done and managed to rent a bike to get some exercise and more importantly check out the various supermarkets in town (Lidl, Mercadona, HiperDino). On the way, I ran into our good friend from Finland, Jan Selin. He was in the final stages of preparing his boat and left in the afternoon with a crew of two to the Cape Verdes.
I am always amazed how quickly brand new and often still unused equipment starts to corrode. Unpacking the hidden valuables was no different this morning. The fact that even the new shrouds already show surface corrosion indicates just how much salt is in the air over here.
On the other hand, I expected the boat to be covered in sand from the Sahara, but barely found a trace of that.
One of my goals for today was to charge all the equipment for the trip. I was surprised just how many items we carry these days that require a charge:
– spot light
– bluetooth speaker
– drone batteries 2x
– drone remote
– iridium phone
– video camera
– power bank 2x
– vhf
– GoPro camera
– laptop
– ipad
– cordless drill
– Dremel tool
– …
Of course, I forgot to check all of the converters and fried the one that only accepted 110V. One day, I’ll be more careful.
The mix of Spanish Christmas music with palm trees and warm temperatures is still a little unusual, but also quite nice (and better then the below freezing temperatures at home).
My song of the day was from Crowded House – “Weather with you”. It got me going after a night with too little sleep šŸ˜‰
Impressions from my bike ride to Costa Teguise:

Video – Portugal to Lanzarote

Our final leg during the European summer cruise.
The new crew, Steve, Peter and Frankie, as well as Bjoern, arrived in time, helped Ulf and Philip fix a few issues and buy a tremendous amount of food – before leaving on the four day sail to Madeira.
We started with a decent breeze and were looking for wind towards the end. After our only swim in the deep ocean we tied up inĀ Madeira visited the island: one day in the Capital, Funchal, (a 1.5hr bus ride away) and one day per rental car along the Northshore. Of course we sampled plenty of Madeira before moving on to Lanzarote (a 2 day sail away).
Luckily, we stopped in La Graciosa on the way, and had the opportunity to experience the Canaries from a different (not the typical tourist) angle.
When we arrived in Arrecife, we were impressed with the modern marina, its facilities and general protection against swell. We toured the island for a day by car and had the opportunity to listen to Jimmy Cornell and other experts speak about general cruising topics (Jimmy organized a 1 week cruising seminar for the Barbados 50 regatta).
We made it to our final destination in time and sailed about 800nm on this leg.

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It took about a week

for the first boat to hit Tioga while berthed in Lanzarote Marina.
Luckily enough, the damage is limited (some fiberglass work on the windvane and replacement of broken lifelines…) but nevertheless something we do not need.
Remotely organizing the work, dealing with insurances and funny enough hearing that the damage couldn’t possibly have been caused by the boat that crashed into us (but was due to badly pressed terminal) are not exactly the activities we were looking forward to.

But hey, at least the email was only about these simple problems and not about Tioga sinking due to no longer working bilge pumps etc…