Kid boats and Christmas in the Canaries

Arriving in Gran Tarajal on Furteventura was quite the contrast from touristy Lanzarote. In this sleepy town, the streets were covered in sand and the boats in the marina seemed to have been staying there for a very long time. We enjoyed the laid back atmosphere, and soon the kids realized that the boat across from us had a Belgian boy onboard. They couldn’t really understand each other, but Mattis got a truck out and soon the language differences didn’t matter.

The kids made a small video for their friends about Furteventura and the sail onwards to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. It’s in German, but we put subtitles in for English and Danish.

When the kids were done swimming in Gran Tarajal, we took an overnighter to Las Palmas, where we could get all the boat gear we needed. Once we reached the city, we were told that there was no space in the marina – something they tell everyone – but when I went to check in, and spoke to them nicely, they discussed back and forth for a long time, and we finally got a berth. But only for three days! Which turned out to be six days.

In Las Palmas we met a Danish boat with kids the same age as Runa and Mattis onboard, so for the next couple of days we were back to playdates and sleepovers, while the adults of course had some sangria in the cockpit. But soon we waved goodbye to La Vie, when they left Las Palmas to sail to Cape Verde and the Caribbean.

We took advantage of the easy access to boat gear in Las Palmas and did some little projects on the boat, like fiberglassing the auxiliary rudder for the wind vane, changing some lines and setting up the preventer for the main sail.

To avoid doing school work in their boats every day, Runa and Mattis insisted we go and see the Columbus museum. Here, they showed the different trips carried out by Columbus, and we were in awe imagining how these expeditions were carried out with minimal knowledge of where they would end up. And even though Columbus must have been sure that the earth was not flat, he had no idea how far he would have to sail to go to “India”.

Once our time in the marina was up, we moved south, to the fishing town Arguineguin, where it was possible to anchor. We had heard that another Danish kid boat was already there, and we were lucky to have a visit from the girls, Ida and Liv, the next day. We had a great time, baking christmas cookies and going to the beach. And of course another sleepover was quickly arranged before the girls moved on to Tenerife with their guests from Denmark.

We took their clue and moved towards Tenerife, where we knew some friends of ours would be on holidays for the next week. Clea, Janus and their kids visited us in the marina in San Miguel on christmas day, and never has Chip-Chip had so many people on board. But we managed to both have lunch and bake some more cookies, and best of all we saw our friends who we hadn’t seen for so long.

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Christmas lunch

We were happy that we had done some grocery shopping for christmas in Arguineguin, because San Miguel was in the middle of nowhere, with no supermarkets in sight. For christmas dinner we got our stove top oven out and managed to make some nice duck. Vegetables, however, were nowhere in sight, so it wasn’t exactly the healthiest christmas dinner. In Arrecife we had visited an IKEA and bought a small christmas tree, and in Gibraltar we had gotten a real english christmas cake, so we were well prepared for the evening. The kids were gifted dive gear, I got a new USB charger and Esben got fishing gear, so all in all it was a really nice christmas. Plus, it was a good occasion to wear the moroccan clothes we bought for the kids in Tangier.

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