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Pannikin
Kusadasi to Coffs Harbour
Anfi del Mar
Ange
30/10/2013, Anfi del Mar

Happy Birthday to Ange's Grandma, Kitty - 93 years young today! Hope you have a wonderful day & it was great to catch up with you on the phone this morning.
We are still killing time before we head up to Las Palmas & enter the marina for our preparations for the ARC. We moved from Puerto de Mogan to Anfi del Mar on Monday for a change of scenery & an excuse to have a sail. Weather predictions have been holding true with winds around Force 6 blowing the last couple of days so we have remained anchored in Anfi del Mar where the protection has been great. Steve & Jeremy did a spot of fishing on Monday afternoon with no luck. We took the tender from 'Joy of Shamrock Quay' over to Arguineguin yesterday to have a look at the local markets. It was a great ride with all of us getting a little wet but having fun. This area of the Canaries is full of tourists from Scandinavia - Norway, Sweden, Finland. Most shops have signs in all of these languages as well as in Spanish. Today we are thinking of hiring a car & having a look at more of the island.

Gran Canaria
Ange
26/10/2013, Puerto de Mogan

We have spent the last few days sailing south along Fuerteventura. After we left Playa de Aguila (a rolly night!) we had a slow sail down the east coast to Gran Tarajal where we anchored off the beach. Fuerteventura has great beaches & there are plenty of hotels & resorts along the coast - but the landscape is still the same - volcanoes & desert. We spent Wednesday night in the harbour at Morro Jable - a huge resort area where there are lots of German tourists. Thursday night we anchored off the beach at Punta Jandia ready for our crossing to Gran Canaria yesterday. We had a great sail, left at 6am & arrived at Puerto de Mogan at 5pm. We had Pannikin doing 8 - 9 knots the majority of the way & keeping well ahead of 3 other yachts behind us! It was great to see Jeremy & Susie again - we had drinks last night & a good catch up. Today we checked out Mogan - a fantastic village with lots of restaurants & touristy shops. Did some grocery shopping before we headed back to Pannikin for pizza & beer with J & S. A lovely spot if anyone wishes to visit!!!

Lanzarote
Ange
21/10/2013, Playa de Aguila

Friday was a day of catching up on sleeping & enjoying our first swim for ages. It was great to see some surf wrapping around the point of the anchorage & heap of guys & girls stand up paddle boarding. The water here is crystal clear & fish are abundant. The water temperature is cool, but not freezing!
Saturday morning we headed down the eastern side of Lanzarote - a casual spinnaker sail under a glorious sky. We passed one small fishing boat that was being circled by a shark! We assumed he was pinching their fish when they reeled in their lines. We arrived in Arrecife late afternoon & anchored in a small harbour south of the commercial port & marina. We met some Aussies, Jim & Debbie and gorgeous poodle Jemma, from Brissie in their beautiful Lagoon 450 cat as we tried unsuccessfully to anchor on a bed of rock, rock & more rock. We finally got the anchor to hold, cracked a couple of beers & watched the many tourists from the large cruise ship in town walk along the waterfront.
Sunday we decided to have a walk around, find a bank & have some lunch off Pannikin. Arrecife seems to be very much the holiday place for British - lots of hotels & tourists. We had a great walk, nice lunch & then back to Pannikin for an afternoon nap. We went over to Jim & Debbie's for drinks & back to Pannikin for dinner & some more of 'The Sopranos.'
Today we did grocery shopping & topped up the fuel containers for the generator & dinghy outboard. Then we upped anchor & continued our sail south with a great spinnaker run to Playa de Aguila. We'll head to Fuerteventura tomorrow.

21/10/2013 | Campbell Hair
You lot have a great ARC and we will be watching you all the way.
We are staying another season in the Med so we won't catch up with you on the other side.
Stay safe and fair winds,
Cam & Annie "H"
23/10/2013 | Owen n Sue
Hi, glad all's going well, nice hair cut Webby. Camping at Scott's last weekend missed u both. Owen's shoulders alittle better can now swim and paddle board sort of, happy camper:-) not long now to the arc crossing, hope preparations all going to plan, talk soon luv Sue n Owen
24/10/2013 | andrew
keep that spinnaker flying!
Canary Islands
Ange
18/10/2013, Playa Francesa, Isla Graciosa

Tuesday was a day of doing last moment things before we head off to the Canaries. Pannikin got a good clean up top & down below which took a couple of hours. Another load of washing, purchased some more fuel containers & some vegetables from the local Marché (market). A hot chook BBQ dinner completed a top day.
Wednesday we started off at 9am. Immigration made a special trip to the marina to return our boat papers & passports as it is Eid Al Adha (religious holiday for Muslims worldwide). Otherwise we wouldn't have been able to leave Morocco until next Monday due to public holidays. We motored for the first 6 hours due to no wind, but then sailed the rest of the journey in 15 - 20 knot winds. It took us 38 hours to reach a small bay off Isla Graciosa in the northern Canaries. We arrived around 11pm, anchored & had a beer & a glass of wine & then to bed.
Friday morning we woke to a strange landscape - like desert & volcanoes. We were asked to move by local officials to another anchorage around the corner called Playa Francesa where we will spend today having a rest & then probably move on south to have a look at Lanzarote & hopefully catch up with our friends Jeremy & Susie.

Steve's Moroccan Haircut
Ange
17/10/2013

Due to the many requests we've received here is Steve in all his glory with his new haircut!

18/10/2013 | dave and chrissy
I remember that ugly mut
Agadir
Ange
15/10/2013, Marina Agadir

Saturday was one of those lovely non event days that you sometimes have to spend on a yacht. Ange spent a good deal of the day brightening things up & also filed & painted her toenails so they no longer look as though they should be attached to a perch! Steve attempted to find out why one of our batteries chargers went "poooofffssshhh" & let off some blue smoke & smelt really bad during our trip down here... no such luck.... we think it is really fried! We had pizza for dinner & watched the sun go down on Essaouira with the seagulls wheeling & dealing around the port - we have loved it here. (We also started watching 'The Sopranos' - we are a little bit late, but it looks good!!!!).
With the promise of wind we headed off at 7am on Sunday. We had light winds & a spinnaker run for a couple of hours before the breeze dropped completely. We bobbed around for a good couple of hours before a 25 knot wind picked up & we sailed well for the rest of the way to Agadir. Once we turned the point at Tamri National Park it swung onto our nose & we pounded into the waves the rest of the way to Agadir. We anchored off the entrance to the marina at midnight - it took us quite a few more hours than anticipated to get here.
Monday we motored into the marina at 8am where we had to wait for Customs & Immigration. Once they had completed their paperwork we did some washing & general tidy up of the boat. We wandered down the street for a look & caught a 'Petit Taxi' to Carrefour to stock up on groceries. Agadir is a real beach town with lots of restaurants lining the corniche. Back to Pannikin around 4pm where Ange unpacked groceries & Steve walked to the closest Maroc Telecom shop to try & have another go at getting his sim to work. SUCCESS! We now have internet! An early night for us after a dinner of BBQ lamb chops & roast potatoes.

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