42. Two Months in Lanzarote

Two months. It is exactly two months since Daniel and I tied Saoirse to Pontoon B at Marina in Lanzarote following a five day crossing from mainland Europe. Two months that I have spent preparing Saoirse and myself for our longest sail yet. A 3,000 nautical mile passage to the new world. Three weeks or so with only water in sight as we only expect to see land on the first and the last day. Epic for some, a nightmare for most. I belong to the former category and I hope my new crew members will feel the same after a few days.

The new crew. Daniel, Hector and Jonte
Hector star struck! With Ryan from Ryan and Sophie Sailing (YouTubers)
Lobster stew. Tough life

The Canaries is essentially the sailing equivalent of the Mount Everest base camp. This is where Atlantic sailors wait for the trade winds to kick in and make final preparations for their crossings. This means that there are great shipyards with skilled professionals available to assist with the preparations. Something that I have taken full advantage of. The only problem I have encountered here is that things that you can not source locally take up to a month to get shipped here. That is if it doesn’t get caught in customs. Then you can end up waiting a lot longer and start to prepare yourself to involve a local customs agent to get it out. And you can expect to pay a duty ranging anywhere between 3% and 13%. Even if it is sent from mainland Spain. I got away with 3% and a further two weeks for my sails (€600 on top of the VAT and shipping that I had already paid in Italy).

Here is a list with some of the equipment and upgrades added in Lanzarote.

  • New mainsail, genoa and lazybag
  • Freezer
  • Electric generator
  • Deep sea fishing gear
  • Microwave oven
  • Epirb (an emergency satellite signalling beacon)
  • New life jackets with man-over-board beacons
  • New life raft
  • Cleaning and removal of growth below the waterline
  • Rig inspection and upgrades
  • Engine service
  • New clutch and drive belt for the autopilot
  • East Caribbean courtesy flags
  • Medicines
  • Covid vaccinations for the captain
Rig work
Manuel from Lanzarote Sails. Fantastic guy. After a really windy test sail on Saoirse
Sam cleaned Saoirse’s bottom and changed the anodes
New trolling gear for the Atlantic. Mahi Mahi or Tuna is on this year’s list for Santa

We have also found time to explore some of Lanzarote, make new friends and visit a number of the island’s watering holes. Almost all of these offer live music of a surprisingly high standard.

Ivan from Cuba. Our favourite base player at Barney’s Music Bar
Jessica from Colombia. Bartender at the Flagship
Cesar Manrique was a famous artist and architect from Lanzarote. Nothing was built on the island without his approval. Buildings are limited to five stories in height and have blue window frames if the are by the sea and green ones if they are inland.
Cesar Manrique’s work can be found in numerous roundabouts on the island

I have really enjoyed my stay on Lanzarote. But it is time to go. We hope to start the crossing in a day or so and I will write another post with details on how to follow our progress and how to get in contact with us. In the meantime though, I will leave you with a couple of quotes:

Sailing is the most expensive way to travel for free. And fishing is the most expensive way to get food for free. All the best…

6 thoughts on “42. Two Months in Lanzarote

  1. Hello, Tomas! A most wonderful post with such fantastic pics! I had been wondering if you had already departed — will look forward to the info re: how we can continue to follow along your journey! Sending you, Saoirse, Daniel, Hector, and Jonte fair winds and following seas!!! All the best, ~ Chelle & SV Sunflower (Sunny)


  2. P.S. I would like to also make mention that I’m very excited for you to embark upon your crossing — what an amazing trip it will be!


  3. Great photos Tomas, happy to see both Guinness and Hammarby featuring, not to mention how fantastic Saoirse is looking. Wishing you a super voyage and I’m so happy that you can finally set sail.
    As Hemingway said ““It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”


  4. Great photos Tomas, I was happy to see both Guinness and Hammarby featured not to mention how fantastic Saoirse is looking. Thrilled that you’re finally able to set sail.
    As Hemingway said ““It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”


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