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South coast of Lanzarote

September 28, 2015

We left Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, a week ago blessed with great conditions, meaning almost no swell and enough wind on the beam to take us the 55 nm to Moro Jable, south Fuerteventura by late afternoon. Last time we anchored here (in June) we got some wind gusts during the night due to very steep mountains near the resort. Same story this time but no problems as we had 60 meters of chain out, but still our sleep was disturbed. We left early next day catching a rare westerly breeze taking us almost all the way to Gran Tarajal, about 25 nm north of Moro Jable. Last time we spent 4 days anchored in this very sheltered bay (for all winds except east-south).  This time we used the warm and clear water to clear the hull from algae and barnacles. It seems our “copper coat” epoxy treatment works well but requires a monthly cleaning with scotch brite to avoid too much growth.
After two nights at anchor at Gran Tarajal we used the settled weather to motor / sail the remaining 40 nm to Lanzarote. On the way we checked out the nature reserve Los Lobos but decided it was not ideal conditions to anchor this time so headed to Marina Rubicon. We have now stayed here 4 days, 1st night for free, and plan to leave tomorrow for a couple of days anchoring at Playa Papagayo, a nature reserve east of Playa Blanca / Rubicon.

Based in the marina is Jason deCAIRES Taylor, a famous British sculpture artist, near finishing a very interesting project, Lanzarote Atlantic Museum. The plan is to submerge a large number of full size sculptures of people in the sea close to the marina. Similar art installations have been made in Grenada and Cancun (Caribbean), winning awards from National Geographic’s and other institutions. In the marina office we met a nice young girl who’d been one of the first volunteers for Jason’s sculpturing. Being a keen diver herself, she confessed that it would probably be spooky to see her own, full sized body at 5 meters depth.

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