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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sail Puerto Calero Lanzarote to Puerto El Castillo, Fuerteventura 13 to 16 October 2010

Left Puerto Calero 13 /10 at 1230 sailing slowly past the race course for the RC44 World Championships. Anchored in Bahia de Avila (28deg 5.86N 013deg 44.9W in sand) for a snorkel round the boat - water temperature 25C.
Moored in the spacious modern Rubicon Marina at 1600 hrs.

Left Rubicon at 1400hrs 14/10 and motored to Corralejo on Fuerteventura wher we moored at 1600 hrs in same awkward berth as before.

15/10 rented a car from Hertz (36 Euros/day) and toured the north part of the island.
Took the dirt track along the low rocky northern coastline stopping at various spots to watch the surfers. This part of the island has some of the best surf.
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The track took us past the small fishing village of Majanicho

rejoining the tarmac road at the Faro de Toston.
Close by passed some Noddy-like holiday homes.

Similar to Lanzarote, the island is very arid.

Stopped for a picnic lunch in the shade of the cliffs at the picturesque fishing port of El Cotillo.

Then drove via Villaverde to Oliva where we visited the Casa de Los Coroneles which was built in the 18th century as the headquarters for the military.

Then over the hills to the capital, Puerto del Rosario - one look at the harbour confirmed that this is not a place for pleasure yachts to moor - caters only for large ships and very small boats.
Took the eastern coastal road back to Corralejo via the Dunas de Corralejos, 10 km of sand dunes - Jeannette found this an ideal spot for sun salutations.

which, since the building of two high-rise beach hotels, is now a nature reserve. The sandy beach here is perfect for families with young kids.

At 0800 16/10 left Corralejos before the wind picked up (very difficult to extract ourselves from this mooring in cross wind) and after anchoring in the harbour to have breakfast, we motored over to Isla Lobos for a snorkel (anchored in 8.5 meters in sand 28deg 44.21N 013deg 49.44W).

1130 anchor up and headed south. Had a good sail for the first 2 hours but then the wind came round to a Southerly 4 Bft on the nose - after a couple of tacks , gave up and motored the rest of the trip.

With 15 plus knots from the south, our mooring in the very small berths of Puerto El Castille (in Caleta de Fuste) was a bit tricky, but with the help of the harbour master and his helper, we made it OK.

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