After arriving at Tenerife at Los Christianos, we noticed a nice area to anchor. And here we will do provisioning and have a look on the island.
Los Cristianos is the place you don’t wont to be if you are looking for nature, beauty, culture or peace and quiet. It is the very best of resort places you can go to. Big luxury hotels, beaches, add the sunshine and clear water, and you do understand why people are coming here.
The Northern part of the island is actually quit nice and in the middle there is of course the big El Teide.
We rented a car and drove around.
We had to wait for some good wind, which took some time. I finally found a time window and we left Tenerife. Around the islands the wind shifted a lot and not always to our favorite direction, so we lost some time and I decided to go to El Hiero and wait for a better opportunity. There was a very good marina and we stayed for about a week.
The island El Hiero is very beautiful and we met some nice people. The boys would love to do some hiking. They took their tent and I would pick them up the next day with a car, so we could drive around.
We discovered a small abandoned fishing village. Because of falling rocks it was no longer safe to live here.
And to see dolphins in the ocean is something special
Then we could leave for a 9 days crossing to the Cabo Verdes. The wind was strong, 8 beaufort, but that would be only near the island. As soon as we where 15 nm off, the wind would go down to 6 or 7. With only the jib up the Ellena did wonderful.
She went very fast. The next day the wind was more calm and I could raise a second jib. The waves where big, but with downwind no problem at all.
We arrived at the island Sal of the Cabo Verde in just 6 days.
We could anchor at a nice fishing village Palmeira. There is only one marina for all the islands. Everywhere else you need to anchor and be aware of wrecks and old ropes all over.
I was not happy with the new crew and I wanted to have a palaver. We decided not to continue with each other and I will try to find new crew.
This trip is my dream and I did put so much effort in it, that I really want to make it a success.
I had fun in a local bar. Never knew you get so into the music after a couple of beers.
On the island of Sal there is a Shark Beach. Here young lemon sharks are protected by their mothers while eating plankton and small fish. The water is very shallow and you can walk just between them.
I met a Frenchman, Emanuel, and he had a crewmember. Emanuel was not going to cross, but this guy would like to very much so. He contacted me and we met the next day. A nice guy.
From here I want to sail to Mindelo. The only place with a marina. Here I can do some shopping and I will meet Vincent again.