Canaries (v1)

Pemandia arrived in Lanzarote a couple of weeks ago, so this is a first report. We shall be cruising further and will submit more as we learn it!

First, a note about an absolutely first class sources of advice, beyond just the pilot book, Mel Symes who works in Puerto Calero Marina (and also at Marina Lanzarote)- She booked us a berth in each of the marinas and has advised on everything from supermarkets to car hire and is poised to help with onward berthing arrangements.

Marina Lanzarote at Aricefe. The extension to the outer breakwater is now complete - Green tower at the end. I understand this has made a big difference in bad weather. A N or NE wind fairly funnels through the marina though.... There is no fuel berth yet. I was told "in a month..", but Sept more likely. Pontoons made from a very slippery plastic.

Several yachts were anchored just S of marina Lanzarote about 28:57.2N 13:33.2W in the plan on P242. They looked quiet and were not rolling much in a NE 15K breeze.

Puerto Calero is a delight. We were found a very sheltered berth right on the inside, near the yard. Short finger pontoons but quite adequate. No chandler there. I needed some aluminium welding done to our headsail furler and found David who is English and works independently, upstairs in the yard (I've yet to see his work...) does stainless and aluminium work.

From the shore, Marina Carmen does not appear to be geared towards visiting yachts.

We have only looked at the anchorage at Playa Quemada (P248) by foot, but the only yacht there was rolling, despite offshore breeze.

Isla Graciosa. Mel kindly sent us the application form (details correct in the book) for a permit to anchor at Playa Francesa. She did not know if checks are often made, but it is easy to submit the application on line (takes about 10 days) so why not do it? One other yacht when we arrived but it cleared out leaving us the whole beautiful anchorage for the night. We did not visit the marina (in Caleta del Sebo, the island's only village).

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