Gibraltar to Canary Islands Autumn 2017
Adventure to Canaries
Adventure sailing trips to Canary Islands
Ocean sail training!!!
The trip departs from Alcaidesa Marina in Spain next to Gibraltar Airport. The trip ends en Gran Canaria
The Canary Islands are an integral part of Spain, and as such are part of the E.U. although they have a special economic status.
The seven main islands of the Canary Islands are well spaced out so that it is only a day's sail between most of them. The logical route for most yachts arriving from the north is to visit Lanzarote and Fuerteventura first before sailing to Gran Canaria, then Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.
The Canaries remain the logical jumping-off point for yachts crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean, ever since Columbus started the fashion over 500 years ago, and from November to January the islands are full of yachts preparing for their Atlantic crossing. Las Palmas continues to be the main port of departure on a westbound transatlantic passage.
There are restrictions on anchoring in the Canaries and in many places authorisation is required. If you anchor without permission, you may well be moved on by the Guardia Civil. Wherever possible, seek permission from the port authority first.
Gran Canaria's south coast has several good marinas at Pasito Blanco, Puerto Rico and Puerto Mogan. There are haul-out facilities at all of them as well as at the fishing harbour Arguineguin.
Despite its position close to the tropics, the Canaries are not too hot in summer, 21-29°C, pleasantly warm in winter, 15-20°C, and can be regarded as an all-year cruising ground. The frequency of gales is low and the islands are not affected by hurricanes.
In the trade wind belt, the prevailing wind is north-easterly throughout the year, being strongest in July and August and lightest in October and November. The high volcanic islands cause some local variations in both wind direction and strength. As a rule, there are different winds in the lee of the islands compared to the coasts exposed to the trade winds. When the NE trades are blowing strongly, an opposing wind usually blows on the other side of the island, varying in strength with the srength of the trade wind. A funnelling effect is also felt along the coasts of some of the mountainous islands and the trades can be accelerated by up to 15 knots in places.
Depart Alcaidesa Marina – Sunday 5 November 2017
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria- November 2017
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How to Book?
On our trips to the canneries are not only for those looking for a sailing adventure but also for those wanting to learn about about Ocean sailing and using the sextant
- Skipper/fully qualified RYA/MCA Yacthmaster Ocean Instructor
- Accommodation aboard the yacht
- Fuel and mooring fees.
- Safety equipment
- Charts and navigational publications
- Loan of wet weather gear, lifejacket and harness line
- Meals on board (breakfast, lunches, meals and refreshments)
- Bedding and towels
- Use of the book library onboard and any book issued relevant to the course undertaken
- There is a maximum ratio of 5 people to 1 instructor on our courses .
Jeff ff is a RYA Ocean instructor and Gibraltar is in the perfect location for trips down to the Canaries. On the trip you will be shown how to use the sextant.