Goodbye Tenerife

Goodbye Tenerife

The ARC leaving Las Palmas ..... making room for us!

The ARC leaving Las Palmas ….. making room for us!

We waved the ARC off and moved into the marina in strong winds.

Piping the crew aboard

Piping the crew aboard

We went by bus to the airport to meet Dan and Jenni. It was lovely to see them, but I think they may have brought a change in the weather with them! It’s the first day in months that we have worn jumpers!

After settling everyone aboard, we had a quiet evening in and checked through the stores, ready for a trip to Lidls to stock up on dry goods and stores in the morning. We hired a car for 3 days and spent Tuesday shopping and tracking down a gas depot where we had been told we could get our non Spanish gas cylinders filled. After much searching we found the depot, but it was closed for the day, so a return trip was planned for Wednesday morning.

Provisions waiting to be stowed

Provisions waiting to be stowed

After stowing all the food in lockers and under the floor boards all over the boat, and making lists, so that we could find it again! we had a safety briefing from the Captain.

On Wednesday, Juan, the refrigeration man came aboard to sort out the freezer that hasn’t worked since we bought the boat and to replace the thermostat on the beer fridge. All seemed to be well until the freezer kept tripping out. Juan returned to try to fix the problem that turned out to be a can of worms…….. it transpired that the water intake was not sufficient to cool the heat exchanger. After a lot of removing pipes and trying to suck and blow water through them, we decided that Marcus and Dan would take a look at the offending pipes and try to clear any blockages and Juan could go home!

A day trip up to the mountains.

A day trip up to the mountains.

On Thursday we took a day off from the frustrations of the refrigeration and took  a trip up into the mountains in the car.  The north of the island is green and fertile and people live in isolated villages on steeply terraced slopes. They either develop incredibly strong hearts and live for ages, or die early from the strain of scaling the hillsides!

Breath takingly high!

Breath takingly high!

At the top of the mountain we stopped to take in the view before heading down to the south and a visit to the beach.

We believe we can fly!

We believe we can fly!

We weren’t really dressed for the chilly mountain top, so we stopped off for a warming hot chocolate and then chatted with some of the stall holders on our way back to the warmth of the car.

An oasis on the way down the mountain

An oasis on the way down the mountain

After winding our way down the mountain, we ended up in Playa Ingles………the epitome of Brits Abroad. We eventually found the beach with its regimented sun loungers and spent an hour or so playing beach tennis. It’s sad to think that an area with so little culture and so much commercialism is named after the English!

On Friday Marcus and Dan set to trying to find the blockage in the refrigeration cooling system. As with any job on the boat, the whole floor was lifted and all pipes were prodded and rodded through and we were stepping over them all morning. After removing various crustaceans and gunk from the hoses, the freezer hummed into life……..success!

The men at work.

The men at work.

While the men were at work, Jenni and I took the dinghy out around the anchorage and then I hoisted Jenn up the mast so she could test out the best place to attach the mount for the GoPro video camera…….not bad for someone who doesn’t like heights! The boat looks incredibly small, looking down from the top of the mast.

Jenny checking out the rigging.

Jenni checking out the rigging.

Saturday, we had a day off and did our own things. Dan and Jenni went off on a bike ride, Marcus read his book and I played my piano and saxophone. It seems like we are constantly doing jobs, so a day off now and again refreshes the batteries.

The weather and winds are not playing cricket! The winds are unseasonably blowing from the south and we have had rain!!! It looks as though we are going to be weather bound here in the Canaries for at least a week. Hopefully the rain will clear and we can get out for some test sails, or even sail over to some of the other islands. Tomorrow, we have heard that there are likely to be winds of up to force 8 blowing through, so we’ll stay put until they blown themselves out!

 

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