From the bases on Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote you are perfectly positioned to explore the surrounding islands. La Gomera remains blissfully untouched by tourism. Perhaps this is due to the lack of white sandy beaches, but it does have hideaway coves and a historic port at San Sebastian, the starting point for Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. El Hierro may be the smallest of the Canaries, but it’s strikingly dramatic and the sea is so clear, it’s a paradise for snorkelers and divers. La Palma, the most exotic of the islands formed from a volcanic crater with a coastline of majestically steep cliffs and black volcanic sands. If you’re lucky you may even enjoy seeing dolphins and pilot whales playing in your bow wave!

Sailing conditions

A sailing holiday in the Canaries does need reasonable prior experience to RYA Coastal Skipper standard. This is the open Atlantic, not the semi-enclosed Mediterranean nor the predictable Caribbean. Distances between the islands are considerable, the winds can be strong and are funnelled between the islands to give a sort of wind tunnel effect in the “Acceleration Zone” that is well documented but still needs experience to handle.

Strong north-westerly trade winds all year Force 5-8. The wind varies throughout the year but, though largely predictable, is always interesting.

Getting there

There are regular direct flights to Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife from most major UK airports.

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