Category Archives: Canaries

Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Gomera

the Anaga mountains in the northeast of Tenerife
the Anaga mountains in the northeast of Tenerife
the ferry almost ran over us..
the ferry almost ran over us..
arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Marina Santa Cruz
Marina Santa Cruz
the first time away from She San we enjoy the barbeque on the balcony with Lucka and Micke
the first time away from She San we enjoy the barbeque on the balcony with Lucka and Micke
going hiking in the forest
and going hiking in the forest
with a lot of fog an steep paths
with a lot of fog an steep paths
and then there comes the sun
and then there comes the sun
our chosen hiking route is closed but we find a even better one ;-)
our chosen hiking route is closed but we find a even better one πŸ˜‰
once above the clouds we have a great view of the Teide
once above the clouds we have a great view of the Teide
in the back the Faro de Anaga, which we saw the whole night through when we sailed over to Tenerife
in the back the Faro de Anaga, which we saw the whole night through when we sailed over to Tenerife
all around Chamorga everything is green
all around Chamorga everything is green
fishermens memorial
fishermens memorial
buying fruit in Santa Cruz
buying fruit in Santa Cruz
in the Teno mountains in the West of Tenerife
in the Teno mountains in the West of Tenerife
the Masca valley
the Masca valley
some cactus in the valley above Bajamar
some cactus in the valley above Bajamar

After Lanzarote we head on to Tenerife where we meet Lucka and Micke who just arrived the day before and have a appartment close to Puerto de la Cruz.

So we leave our She San for the first time over night and go hiking with them in several places on the island. We find Tenerife a really great place to go hiking. The paths are in great condition and the nature is very divers but most of all very green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day we chose the northeast end of Tenerife, the Anaga mountains, and even though it is raining in the beginning, the hike tuns out ot be one of the most beautiful hikes we ever did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we decide to take a day “a hiking break” and stroll through the city. Afterwards we all find that it was the most exhausting of our walks…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

so we go hiking again in the far west of Tenerife, and again it is awsome..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then Reto and I head on to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, since there are still a lot of to do’s before we continue to Cabo Verde and on further westwards.

Reto doing the maintenance on the mast sliders
Reto doing the maintenance on the mast sliders
while I make the provisions to be stored away bug proof
while I make the provisions to be stored away bug proof
and once again our rig needs adjustment...
and once again our rig needs adjustment…
the first part of the water maker is installed and commissioned ;-)
the first part of the water maker is installed and commissioned πŸ˜‰
the Lazybag (in which the sail is stored) needs some repair and especially new zippers
the Lazybag (in which the sail is stored) needs some repair and especially new zippers
no problem thanks to the Bernina sewing machine that we got as a present from Reto's mom Felicitas ;-)
no problem thanks to the Bernina sewing machine that we got as a present from Reto’s mom Felicitas πŸ˜‰
this time the mast steps need to be mounted in the top, again many bruises are caught
this time the mast steps need to be mounted in the top, again many bruises are caught
we fix the plates of the Bimini directly on top of the construction, so it becomes more stable and the Bimini fabric needs some repair
we fix the plates of the Bimini directly on top of the construction, so it becomes more stable and the Bimini fabric needs some repair
we bought a nice piece of wood, now it has to be transported by bicycle
we bought a nice piece of wood, now it has to be transported by bicycle
it looks like it stays fixed on the backpack
it looks like it stays fixed on the backpack
and it works ;-)
and it works πŸ˜‰
our swiss-austrian neighbor Erich with his crew start their atlantic passage to St. Lucia
our swiss-austrian neighbor Erich with his crew start their atlantic passage to St. Lucia
the long sandy beach of Las Palmas, the Playa de las Canteras, here with some soccer fans
the long sandy beach of Las Palmas, the Playa de las Canteras, here with some soccer fans
and since on the beach it is impossible to find Cruzcampo we "have to" drink Heineken ;-)
and since on the beach it is impossible to find Cruzcampo we “have to” drink Heineken πŸ˜‰
the Banda del Garage is playing some good spanisch rock and pop
the Banda del Garage is playing some good spanisch rock and pop
chistmas decoration in the shopping streets of Las Palmas
chistmas decoration in the shopping streets of Las Palmas
some very good beer in a very spanish Cruzcampo bar...
some very good beer in a very spanish Cruzcampo bar…
Octopus alla Gallega, muuuuy bien!!
Octopus alla Gallega, muuuuy bien!!
Las Palmas city and harbour
Las Palmas city and harbour
and from higher up
and from higher up
view down to the old city of Vegueta with cathedral and banana plantations just before the city
view down to the old city of Vegueta with cathedral and banana plantations just before the city
the backside of the Santa Ana cathedral in La Vegueta
the backside of the Santa Ana cathedral in La Vegueta
we feel like back at the time of Columbus
we feel like back at the time of Columbus
Market in Vega de San Mateo
Market in Vega de San Mateo
high above in the hills above Las Palmas
high above in the hills above Las Palmas
Gran Canaria consits of one valley after the other
Gran Canaria consits of one valley after the other
Teror, enjoy a beer on the main plaza
Teror, enjoy a beer on the main plaza
the main street in Teror
the main street in Teror
we especially like the wooden balconies
we especially like the wooden balconies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But next to all that work – which is of course also most of the times a lot of fun-Β  we also sometimes take our time to enjoy where we are ;-),

so we check out the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the “night life” in the streets of Las Palmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and we go biking around the island, which is very mountainous and has thousands of valleys, the so called barrancos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we feel ready to go, but the wind has a different opinion. Due to the depressions in the north the local winds since two weeks rather come from South/Southeast instead of North/Northeast, so we see that it doesn’t make any sense to go south to Cabo Verde yet.

No problem, let’s go to La Gomera, anyway we always wanted to see that mountainous island in the West of Tenerife, and also we wanted to make a testrun of our watermaker and to test the repaired sails.

successful commissioning of our self made water maker
successful commissioning of our self made water maker
so right at the time of sunset...
so right at the time of sunset…
we enjoy the freshy de-salinated water ;-)
we enjoy the freshy de-salinated water πŸ˜‰
arriving in San Sebastian de la Gomera
arriving in San Sebastian de la Gomera
after already having eaten half of the small one, now the large one needs to be cleaned and prepared...
after already having eaten half of the small one, now the large one needs to be cleaned and prepared…
in the harbour of San Sebastian
in the harbour of San Sebastian
San Sebastian harbour, our She San to the left of the orange Salvamar boat
San Sebastian harbour, our She San to the left of the orange Salvamar boat
on La Gomera it goes either up or down
on La Gomera it goes either up or down
View down into the valley of Vallehermoso
View down into the valley of Vallehermoso
Los Roques, these rocks were formed by lava
Los Roques, these rocks were formed by lava
the palm trees and the surrounding sea we are not used to from the Swiss mountains ;-)
the palm trees and the surrounding sea we are not used to from the Swiss mountains πŸ˜‰
the number of facinating views seems endless
the number of facinating views seems endless
San Sebastian de la Gomera with Teneriffa in the back
San Sebastian de la Gomera with Teneriffa in the back
Gomera's summits with Teneriffa and Teide
Gomera’s summits with Teneriffa and Teide
and again the Los Roques ...
and again the Los Roques …
with this sound nobody can resist the merengues, salsas and cumbias
with this sound nobody can resist the merengues, salsas and cumbias
with these small boats the rowers cross the atlantic!
with these small boats the rowers cross the atlantic!
eone of the two girls teams at the start of the Antlantic Challenge - the worlds toughest row
eone of the two girls teams at the start of the Antlantic Challenge – the worlds toughest row
and here the guys from the ROW2RECOVERY, all of them carry 1 or 2 limb prosthesis, they have our full respect!!
and here the guys from the ROW2RECOVERY, all of them carry 1 or 2 limb prosthesis, they have our full respect!!

So after a short period of struggling with divers commissioning problems we are happy that everything runs well, and soon we taste our first de-salinated water πŸ˜‰ .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to water making we catch a small bonito (that’s already nothing special anymore, but we still are very happy ;-), and I say to Reto, “we need to eat it raw, otherwise it is gone after one meal.

And then the next morning just before the entrance to La Gomera we catch his father, now this one is really enough again for the next days, and we still had half of the small one left over..

 

 

 

Even though the ferries are close and the rowing race in preparation we enjoy the peacefulness of La Gomera harbour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And go mountain biking into the mountains, all around the parque national de Guaranjay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and because we liked it so much we go back hiking – we really enjoy the senderos, hiking paths and the most stunning views!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

also we find the first real latin music party and enjoy dancing the merengues and salsas with the local band making good groovy sound

 

 

 

 

Also we are very much impressed by the rowers preparing to go 3000 miles over to Antigua, and we cannot imagine, how it is in such small boats.

I promiss to Reto that I should never complain on our confortable catamaran or otherwise he should remind me of the rowers in their tiny boats, who in addition have to row and sleep within view meters of boat only.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information you can check on www.taliskerwhiskeyatlanticchallenge.com

Now the wind has changed, tomorrow also the waves are supposed to calm down (thanks to Petra and Ben from the Netherlands we didn’t go today, when the waves still were pretty high, influenced by the depressions in the north), so we plan to startΒ  tomorrow Monday to Cabo Verde, straight way 760 miles, so if everything goes well in 6 or 7 days we should be there.

We want to wish you all a merry and peaceful Christmas time!

 

 

From Gibraltar to Lanzarote

going over to Gibraltar you have to cross the runway of Gibraltar, when there is air traffic, it just gets closed and everyone has to wait
going over to Gibraltar you have to cross the runway of Gibraltar, when there is air traffic, it just gets closed and everyone has to wait
we definitely feel being in United Kingdom: God save the Queen!
we definitely feel being in United Kingdom: God save the Queen!
the streets look rather english than spanish
the streets look rather english than spanish
nice saying in the Irish pub, good for sailors who just went through the Med this year... ;-)
nice saying in the Irish pub, good for sailors who just went through the Med this year… πŸ˜‰
my "little" sister Flavia and her boy friend Sebastian are the first visit from home on board
my “little” sister Flavia and her boy friend Sebastian are the first visit from home on board
and help stock up the essentials on board ;-)
and help stock up the essentials on board πŸ˜‰
the Gibraltar Rock finally without cloads when it is time to go
the Gibraltar Rock finally without cloads when it is time to go
in the middle of the Gibraltar straight, with many boats around us - and even though both engines are running we only make 4 knots in average due to the counter current against us
in the middle of the Gibraltar straight, with many boats around us – and even though both engines are running we only make 4 knots in average due to the counter current against us
the first sunset not far away from Tanger
the first sunset not far away from Tanger
one of the nice big ones who corrected his course by himself in order to avoid collision with us
one of the nice big ones who corrected his course by himself in order to avoid collision with us
the Calamar that jumped on board
the Calamar that jumped on board
the Royal Clipper seemed curious and came close to us ...
the Royal Clipper seemed curious and came close to us …
jesus, that is a heavy piece of fish !!
jesus, that is a heavy piece of fish !!
I did find the teeth a bit unusual for a thuna
I did find the teeth a bit unusual for a thuna
damn and that fin ?
damn and that fin ?
as a result, a hopefully happy again thuna and a broken fishing rod
as a result, a hopefully happy again thuna and a broken fishing rod
approaching the Estrecho del Rio, to the left Lanzarote and to the right La Graciosa
approaching the Estrecho del Rio, to the left Lanzarote and to the right La Graciosa
Punta Farlones, the most northern part of Lanzarote
Punta Farlones, the most northern part of Lanzarote
after 5 days and 608 miles we happily arrived - and of course we had one or two Cruzcampo to celebrate ;-)
after 5 days and 608 miles we happily arrived – and of course we had one or two Cruzcampo to celebrate πŸ˜‰
Heide and Pete in front of the ajuntamento of Arrecife
Heide and Pete in front of the ajuntamento of Arrecife
family meeting, in the back the bay of Arrecife old harbour
family meeting, in the back the bay of Arrecife old harbour
the view down from the Grand Hotel Richtung to the beach in the south
the view down from the Grand Hotel to the beach in the south
the Charco de San Gines with many coulorful boats
the Charco de San Gines with many coulorful boats
in the Timanfaya national park
in the Timanfaya national park
everywhere volcano cones and interesting lava sculptures
everywhere volcano cones and interesting lava sculptures
creative and also delicious Pintxos
creative and also delicious Pintxos
Los Hervideros - that does look like the atlantic ocean !
Los Hervideros – that does look like the atlantic ocean !
so we test some of that wine that grows here in such difficult conditions
so we test some of that wine that grows here in such difficult conditions
Pete trains us on the Lotus grill and it does taste fine!!!
Pete trains us on the Lotus grill and it does taste fine!!!
finally again on the bike ;-)
finally again on the bike πŸ˜‰
Ermite de las Nieves almost on top
Ermite de las Nieves almost on top
View down to Arrieta and Punta Mujeres
View down to Arrieta and Punta Mujeres
the sculptures that are supposed to be set into the sea
the sculptures that are supposed to be set into the sea