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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 3 day sailing trip to Tenerife 4 to 6 April

The weather forecast was good on the 4th April to sail the 56 nmiles from Las Palmas to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Passage Weather wind forecast
We, Charlotte, Jeannette, Mike, left the marina at 0820 hrs and motored to the north of La Isletta against a NNW 4 and a 2 meter swell.
Passing an Armas ferry justing arriving from Tenerife as we round Las Isletta
La Isletta, the NE point of Gran Canaria ( the red arrow shows our normal berth in Las Palmas Marina)
By 1025 hrs we had rounded La Isletta and free off and start sailing on a fine reach in a NNE4 with 2 reefs in the main and full genny.
By 1430 hrs the wind had increased to a NNE5/6 and we were bowling along making 8 kts SOG - super sailing. 

Approaching the NE coast of Tenerife. 

At 1800 hrs we moored in the marina of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
On Wednesday 5 th April we rented a car from Cigar for €40 and drove NW along the coast road to San Andres. Then we drove north into the heart of the beautiful heavily wooded rugged Anaga Peninsular to Chamorga close to the NE point of the island

Some of the magnificent views on the route to Chamorga



From the small village of Chamorga we hiked along the delightful track to the ridge overlooking the Faro (Lighthouse) de Anaga ( our track is shown in green)


Exciting spot to admire
the Faro de Anaga, several 100 meters below us

After returning to Chamorga, we drove to Puerto de la Cruz


where we had Paella for supper before returning to Santa Cruz
As predicted, the wind had backed to the north / NNW 6th April
AT 0915 6 th April we left Santa Cruz Marina and headed back to Las Palmas.
We had to motor the first hour or so to clear the wind shadow of Tenerife. By 1100 hrs we were sailing in a N5/6 making 6 to 7 kts 
We moored back in our berth in Las Palmas around 1830 hrs having had a very enjoyable 3 day trip



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