Restless Goes Sailing

Twin headsails for downwind

All the way from Oban we've been looking for an opportunity to try out sailing with twin headsails, but (as is always the way with sailors) there was always too much wind, too little, or the swell made it seem like a bad idea. This is, though, the sail config...

Photo of our confident bird-chum

Dear All - rather tardily I'm attaching some photos to the blog. First-up is the confident wee bird that took a breather on Restless on our way from Portugal to Madeira. Deep respect for these wee birds - we must have been at least 150 miles from the nearest...

Mooring arrangements

Attached a photograph. It makes the climb aboard look easier than it is (honestly). Procedure is onto fender step, then up ladder, onto top of anchor, step round to side of boat and then over the rail. Just about to de-rig it whilst we leave the boat....

Killer whales a tale retold

One of my worries en route was orcas or killer whales. There are numerous reports of them attacking yachts off the coast of Portugal, last year a boat from Helensburgh was repeatedly rammed and had a chunk taken out of its rudder. Our new neighbours are on a...

Las palmas

Arriving at first light, it was difficult to pick out the approach lights but we did eventually see them. The marina here is attached to a massive commercial port, and there is a lot of ferry traffic. Yachts initially enter the same way as the big commercial...

Grand tarajal to Las Palmas, passage info

Grand Tarajal on fuertaventura was great. Really traditional and unspoilt. The passage to Las Palmas was about 80 miles, so estimating 4-5 knots and not a direct line (allowing for tacking et.) we estimated 16-20 hours. Wanting to arrive in daylight meant we...

Oban to Gran Canaria - made it

In Las Palmas. Arrived a couple of hours ago. Totally brutal sailing last night. Acceleration zone south of Fuerteventura was expected. Gusting 48knots (v bottom F10) was not. Full story to follow. Relieved to be here. Boat went brilliantly as ever. Crew as...

Grand tarajal fuertaventura

We had two options. Either go to Gran Canaria direct from lanzarote or detour. We decided to detour via fuertaventura for a day sail. This is our first day sail since Jura to bangor which was quite a surprise when we realised that. The winds were forecast...

No hire cars on lanzarote so on our bikes

Lanzarote was fantastic, but unfortunately there were no hire cars unless we waited until Wednesday. Most of the hire fleet were sold due to the pandemic and there is still a shortage. A shame as we planned to visit the national park and have a look at the...

Islas desertsdas

One actual sailing picture. The red cans are the spare diesel. Great sailing in the sun.