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On an average day, you can go whale and dolphin watching (on 8 out of 10 days). The chance of actually seeing these mammals is nearly 99%. That is because Tenerife has resident population of mammals and short-finned pilot whales, which can be spotted on the shorelines throughout the year. Other species are also easy to spot especially in May and June.
A cruising guide to the Canary Islands
Escape the winter, enjoy amazing food and drinks, admire volcanic sceneries and wonderful warm weather sailing, all just a few hours’ from the EU mainland.
Well kept secret…
For many seafarers, an archipelago of the Spanish Canary Islands is at the top of the list of the well-kept secrets. Its perfect climate, beautiful scenery and sensible prices will help you escape from the European winter and dip right into the genuine summer atmosphere. The Spanish Canary Islands, off the coast of West Africa, are surprisingly well preserved maritime secrets.
Take a closer look at this dramatic archipelago. The weather forecast looks promising: 22°C-plus, perfect sailing winds of Force 3-4 and sunshine every day. In the Canary Islands, the prevailing north-east trade winds make for consistent conditions. Perhaps that’s why many one-design class world championships are held in the Canary Islands archipelago?
The islands offer a spectacular cruising ground, with a varied backdrop. All of the seven main islands – Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro – are within a day’s sail of each other, yet they each have their own unique character and some even have a difference in climate. Most of the marinas and harbours have excellent facilities, improved in recent years by the influx of foreign yachts.
Most visiting sailors use the Canary Islands as a staging post for marinas and harbours, often as part of a cruise in company, such as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) from Las Palmas, in Gran Canaria to St Lucia in the Caribbean. Some transatlantic crews have said they wished that they’d have more time to explore the potential of the Canary Islands archipelago before sailing west over the horizon.
These Spanish islands pose no problem for sailors arriving from other EU countries.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
To ensure you fully enjoy your trip, do not forget to take with you some type of sun cream, binoculars and the sea sickness remedy, if you think you might need it. Being out at sea and the rocking motion of the boat make the temperature feel cooler, so it is also a good idea to bring some warmer clothing.