In October we left Bella in Marina Rubicon and went home to Sweden. November I flew down to Lanzarote as I had some work to do on the boat. In the luggage I had a new linear drive replacing the one that failed on our way to Madeira.
I also wanted to have a new metal bracket welded for the new drive. As I had no luck with the yard in Rubicon, I took the car to Puerto Calero. The reception asked me to go up to the workshop and have a word with the guys. I was exited, as they let me in to the workshop!!?? I had built a model in plywood to make the job easy. I also wanted a new rudder stopper as the old one was rusty. 5 days later everything was done perfectly to a reasonable price. Very professional workshop to work with.
When I waited for the parts, I did a major overhaul of the steering system. I did not expect to find something serious, as I do a check before longer trips. To my surprise I did find many things that needed to be corrected. It was really an eye opener that a superficial check the day before you take off is not the best way. You are much more focused on details when you have unlimited time.
After 3 weeks in Rubicon I met Vickie in Southampton for a First Aid Course. It was a 4 day course and we did learn a lot.
We spent Christmas in Sweden with family.
After Christmas we flew down to Lanzarote for some winter cruising. We started from the airport in Gothenburg just hours after the storm “Urd” had caused a mess in Sweden. It was a scary takeoff. We got a wind shear just at take of and the plane came down on the runway after the first try. The pilot had only one option left, which was to build more speed on the runway to get airborne. The long runway felt suddenly short..
In Lanzarote we had hard easterly winds from Sahara, “Kalima”. Bella was dirty with Sahara dust.
Fortunately we had a rental car for the first week. It is basically a tourist resort with express mercado, tourist shops and restaurants. If you want to visit a Supermercado or a hardware store it is a long way.
We celebrated New Years at our favorite restaurant, El Mano. 90% of the guess were Spanish people. We had a great evening and had our 12 grapes at twelve a clock. The restaurant owner was counting down.
After New Years we took the first possibility to move to Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife. It is a brand new marina with excellent service and just 10 minutes walk to downtown, ferreterias and supermercados. We felt at home immediately. Vickie did find a new gym in the marina with lots of “hard bodies”. She did visit the gym every day……and stayed busy and happy.
After 8 days in Arrecife it is time to move to next island, Fuerteventura.