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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sail Arrecife to Las Palmas 3-4 Dec 2012

December 3 the gribfiles indicated conditions would be very good for our sail from Arrecife on Lanzarote to Las Palmas on Gran Canaria - a 15 to 20 knot breeze from the NE
So at 1245hrs we left our anchorage in Arrecife - red arrow indicates Dutch Link's location

and headed out to sea
 for the 115 Nautical Mile downwind sail to Las Palmas
 with the wind forecast to be from behind, we kept the 2nd reef in the main (did not want to arrive in Las Palmas too early plus difficult to reef when sailing downwind with boom secured with a preventor) and poled out the Genoa
 approaching Punta Papagayo, the southern tip of Lanzarote
 Fuerteventura on port
 leaving Lanzarote behind
 sailing into the sunset
 the sun has set
 Breakfast time on a pleasant but fresh morning
 only 12.4 miles off Las Palmas, as our Ipad informs us
Las Palmas in sight
 La Isleta, north east of the port
 Moored at the Fuel Dock, Las Palmas at 1140hrs on 4 December after a 114 NMile pleasant downwind sail. Time taken 23 hours of which 3 hours on engine. Average speed 5 knots.

To our delight, who was on the jetty but non other than Nuno from the Azores. Nuno was on S/V Oasis during the Blue Water Rally and we had not seen him since then (2003). Nuno is now the Captain of the huge Sunreef 82 Cat mega yatch Houbara moored on the other side of the pontoon. He was fueling up and left shortly afterwards for the Caribbean

If you click on the below link and type "Houbara" in the box "go to vessel", Houbara's position will be shown plus info on the yacht
 We are now moored more or less in the same berth as last year in Las Palmas Marina - red arrow indicates Dutch Link's location
 zooming in
 zooming in
 We are now getting back into our Las Palmas routines and have already walked several times through the Parque Doramas and up the hill behind the marina to the S Korean Church
 superb spot for a workout
 Some photos of the Sunreef 82 as she left Las Palmas

 Nuno high-up in the top deck steering position

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