Lanzarote and Atlantic Crossing preparation

So many exciting moments, not least of which was the arrival in 40 knots of apparent wind to Lanzarote (Canary Islands) and docking in 30 knots of wind. After deciding the strong winds were going to continue, we committed to docking, and turned into the harbor. There were about 10 people on the dock to help secure us. Our adrenaline was definitely flowing. Captain Jan docked like the pro he is.

While I haven’t climbed Everest, my understanding is that reaching base camp is an accomplishment unto itself. That’s kind of how I feel about arriving in the Canary Islands after sailing 1,250 nautical miles through the Western Med and along the coast of North West Africa. It marks the end of the beginning.

In Gibraltar, we explored for a few days in La Linea, Spain, just North of the Gibraltar-Spain border, until the weather improved. We met some interesting world-cruising sailors, enjoyed great meals in La Linea, walked across the border and Gibraltar’s airport runway into downtown Gibraltar and  climbed the rock.

Crossing the Gibraltar airport into town.

Crossing the Gibraltar airport into town.

Monkeys on top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Not to be messed with.

Monkeys on top of the Rock of Gibraltar.

Leaving Gibraltar at sunrise.

Leaving Gibraltar at sunrise.

Passing through the narrow Straights of Gibraltar, Morocco on the left and Spain on the right.

Passing through the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco on the left and Spain on the right.

Davali crew pumped about launching our 170 square meter Code D sail.

Davali crew (Larry Roland, Claudia Dengler, Captain Jan Cluistra) after launching our 170 square meter Code D sail.

Picture perfect!

Picture perfect!

Captain Jan, on his 36th ocean crossing.

Captain Jan, on his 36th ocean crossing.

"Oh please, don't you rock my boat" (Bob Marley)

Strumming some Bob Marley favorites

Guided by friends

Guided by friends

Sunset off Morocco

Sunset off Morocco

One of two small Tuna caught almost at the same time.

One of two small Tuna caught almost at the same time.

A fresh fish feast

A fresh fish feast

Coast Guard off to help a boat that ran ashore in big winds.

Lanzarote Coast Guard in big winds

After docking in Lanzarote

After docking in Lanzarote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow, with great excitement and anticipation, we begin our 2,775 nautical mile crossing to St. Martin. This is the best time of year to enjoy the prevailing trade winds blowing from east to west. You can follow our progress on the top right link at http://www.saildavali.com. Next post from St. Martin!!!

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5 Responses to Lanzarote and Atlantic Crossing preparation

  1. Lindsay & Richard says:

    I was beginning to go through withdrawals, looking for your posts! Love the Bob Marley moment..good luck with the crossing..we love you 50!

  2. Barry says:

    Sounds great. Looks great.

  3. Seams says:

    Cooloe great chatting. The pics and the updates are amazing
    The boat looks phenomenal
    We can’t wait to see the real thing
    Enjoy your time away. You are not missing a thing at home
    Seams

  4. Jackie Gevertz says:

    Looks spectacular!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. Rick says:

    good luck good wind and good weather…

    George would be so into this!

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