Originally Posted by paulclan
Methinks too late in the year for the Canaries
. In any case these islands are a poor enough cruising grounds, long passages between islands, and fierce Venturi effect acceleration zones between islands also! Winters are not so severe in southern Spain
.There is a great inlet Cala Addaya in Minorca,a hurricane
hole if one should occur!Marineros can be persuaded to keep an eye on your boat if you need a break.
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It is a qualified Yes and No.
Distances between islands are from 5 to 50 miles - a daysail is all it takes for any passage
Every island has at least one, many have a handful of ports
and every island has at least one marina. Facilities vary from present to excellent.
There are many anchorages
and these vary from paradise style crystal water
and flat sleeping to rolly 'lunch only' ones.
is very moderate all year round. Acceleration zones are part of the image but nothing dangerous or unpredictable.
Winter storms are one off events
, two off at worst. ;-)
is inexpensive and good quality. Flights are frequent and cheap
Local wine is excellent, local rum
.. skip it.
Winter sports are great: ultrarunning, surfing, kiting, gliding, biking, trekking, diving
and snorkeling are done year round and at world top level. Competitive basking is also doing great and beaches are full of beautifully tanned people all year round. It is a pleasure just to sit on the sand, in the ever present sun and take in the atmosphere of good fortune.
Canary people are among the nicest on planet Earth. Adopted foreigners vary from just domesticated to super nice.
So, as you said, it is not quite Med style cruising but it is still a great year round destination
for any yachtsman hailing from the North.
For the more adventurous ones there are Marocco, Sahara, Cabo Verde and Senegal near by to explore.
Big hug from our sunny outpost,