|A bridge to nowhere on La Gomera|
|Traditional costumes in the San Sebastian Day parade|
After 45 days and one last fiesta (San Sebastian's name day) we finally managed to tear ourselves away from Gomera. Islanders partying the night through doesn't make for a good night's sleep, but we had to go sometime. We chose to go southabout the island to avoid having to beat through the acceleration zone and had a pleasant sail around to Valle Gran Rey where we anchored for the night in only slightly rolly conditions. At 0430 next morning we hoisted our anchor and motored out from the wind shadow of the island on a beautiful starry night. Destination: Tazacorte, on the west side of La Palma, about 55 NM away. The wind was a brisk Force 5 to begin with but soon moderated. How nice to have good sailing conditions at last! Alas, as soon as we rounded the lighthouse on the southern tip of La Palma the wind was blocked by the high island, like switching off a fan, and we had to motor the rest of the way.
|The anchorage at Valle Gran Rey|
|It's the almond blossom season|
|The MAGIC telescope|
|View over Caldeira Taburiente|
|Sailors on top of the world|
|Deluxe caves at Puerto de Puntagorda|
|Mystery leak revealed|
|Burns Supper on board Fettler.|
Thanks to Robin for the tinned haggis and whiskey!