There Are No Canaries In The Canary Islands

Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

They say there are no canaries in the Canary Islands and there's none in the Virgin Islands either!!

Sorry old joke but it amuses us here in Tenerife... We had a really quick overnight sail from Lanzarote and arrived here in Santa Cruz early in the morning to find a large city nestled into the volcanic lava folds of the mountains. It was quite overcast and cool but made for an interesting entrance.

We are staying at a marina right in the city which I might add is a really nice city, great shops, tree lined streets, lots of piazzas, fairy lights everywhere, it's very spectacular at night.... The marina is full of yachties preparing for the Atlantic crossing. So that's mainly what we have been doing here, shopping for food, making repairs, checking safety equipment and changes to sails in prep for the 3 week crossing.

A boat opposite us is an Australian design Fusion 40 catamaran called Kangaroo, owned by a Swiss (French speaking) couple with their 2 children. Harvee and Muriel are taking up the Fusion franchise here in Europe and are very friendly and funny. The boys have been playing together for the last few days and it makes a nice change for them to have some company around.

We have also been looking forward to and excited about the arrival of Pete's Dad, John and our oldest son Matt.
After a week of running around we hired a car so we could meet them at the airport and spend the next day exploring the island. Half an hour before the plane was due to arrive we were still trying to find out where to get our gas bottle filled. Shaz was rather annoyed at Pete for not organising this days ago!!! After some very confusing directions to some gas refilling station at the other end of the island, we raced to the airport managing to be only 10 minutes late picking them up.
After greeting them at the airport the next few hours was nonstop talking (we are a very loud family) as we all tried to get out the things we having been wanting to say to each other for the last 8 months. Very tiring.....but fun.

We have only 1 day to sight see with Matt and John before leaving so we went up Mt Tiede to check out the big volcano here on Tenerife..... As we climbed the mountain we gradually wound our way up abouve the cloud line into bright sunshine. This made for some spectacular viewing looking out over a sea of clouds.

We made our way back to the boat hopeful that the sail maker would arrive to deliver our main sail. Pete's been anxiously awaiting this so he can get the sail back on the boat ready for our Atlantic crossing.
We completed some last minute shopping before, which turned out to me quite massive!
After packing it all away, we realised that we still had a heap of stuff to organise as well as clear customs (good thing they're open 24hrs).
Not wanting to eat into our freshly packed supplies and feeling tired we got the boys to walk up and get some McDonalds for dinner....mmmm Yum !!

Anyway we are as organised as can be and hope to leave tomorrow (if Pete's sail arrives in time) for the start of the crossing...... Here's to a safe journey with good tail winds.........
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