FROM THE LOG (2000-2001)

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Part 1: Andalucia - Canary Islands

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This page is part 1 of a report in 3 parts, covering August 2000 to June 2001.

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Almerimar marina
The Strait of Gibraltar
We finally sold our house in Finland in June 2000, just one month after our youngest son Tomas had passed his matriculation examination - and suddenly we were true liveaboards. In August we returned to Scorpio in Almeria on the Costa del Sol, the Spanish Sunshine Coast. After a few days of preparation we let go of the dock lines and steered towards Gibraltar.
Marina Bay and Sheppards Marina at Gibraltar
Porto Santo, Madeira
A week later, after day-sailing via familiar harbours along the Andalucian coast, we stopped for several days at Marina Bay in Gibraltar for the final preparations before the crossing south to Madeira and the Canaries.
Funchal, Madeira
Lanzarote volcano
The distance from Gibraltar to Madeira is roughly 500 nautical miles, or 4 days, and our first anchorages was outside a long beach at Porto Santo, an island a few miles to the north of "mainland" Madeira (Madeira Grande). A couple of days later we sailed around Madeira Grande to it's south coast and anchored just outside the harbour of the Capital, Funchal.
Lanzarote beach and dunes
Las Palmas
From Portugese Madeira we sailed to the Spanish Canary Islands, where our first landfall was at the small island of Graciosa, just north of it's bigger sister Lanzarote. Thereafter we visited Lanzarote and then the Capital Las Palmas on Gran Canaria before continuing to Santa Cruz on Tenerife. All of the Canary Islands are Spanish, but geografically the are part of Africa, and looking at the magnificent sand dunes on some of them you can almost imagine that they are an extension of the Sahara desert.
Pot luck at Santa Cruz de Tenerife
In most of the ports and anchorages we met other crews, who also were on their way to the Americas, north central or south. We enjoyed several pot-luck and other parties on the docks, like the one on the photo above (right). Many of these crews, Europeans, Americans and Australians, we met later in the Caribbean.
Santa Cruz
Celebrating a birthday
After a couple of weeks on Tenerife we crossed over to it's close little neighbour Gomera, which is the islands where Christofer Columbus started his first journey accross the Atlantic in search for Asia. Our plan was the same, but our destination was in the West Indies.
The guests are gathering
Helicopter view
At San Sebastian de la Gomer we celebrated Henrik's fiftieth birthday with a great party with a dozen good friends from back home. It was a merry event where the dancing on Scorpio's large decks continued well after midnight (to the horror of the rest of the marina guests).
Henrik received several gifts
The party continues ...
Gomera completely lacks the long sand beaches which the Canary Islands (Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife in particular) are famous for, and therefore there is no mass tourism and high-rise hotels. Most of the visitors are back packers and adventurers who prefer to be off the beaten tracks.
Gomera's north coast is cool and wet ..
... but the south coast is sunny and dry
Gomera is a small island, but it has two completely different climats. The north coast is covered with rain forest, green, cool and windy. The south coast is sunny and dry and that is were most of the islanders live and grow fruit and vegetables on the terraced hillsides.
Gomera's harbour
In a forrest on the north coast
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