This is a relaxing course where you spend the week visiting other marinas and ports such as San Sebastian de la Gomera - giving you a chance to see the unspoiled areas of the Canary Islands. With 6 full days of tuition (rather than the RYA minimum of 5 days) we have an extra day to ensure that you have that extra time to practise, without having to start really easy every day.
A typical week (where we actually go depends on the wind direction) includes:
On Saturday morning the course proper starts at about 10:00 with a comprehensive safety briefing and familiarisation with the boat and its equipment. After lunch you will prepare the boat for sea and set sail for a gentle introduction to the boat including man over board techniques, points of sail etc.
You normally return to the base marina on the Saturday night.
On the Sunday morning you sail west around Tenerife, often anchoring in El Pris – a perfect anchorage, ideal for a swim or lunch stop.
During the week (once we have taught you how to tack and gybe, raise and lower the sails and other essential things) we will cross from Tenerife, on a beam reach through the wind acceleration zone, to San Sebastian de La Gomera for a night in a marina. This is the town that Christopher Columbus departed from on three of his four trips across to America. In this picturesque Canarian town you can find a steak restaurant to rival the best, and a fish restaurant (known to those who have sailed with us before as Thomas’) where, if you are lucky, the locals join together for a sing song after the food has finished cooking.
After a morning maybe exploring the town, you travel around the south of the island to Valle Gran Rey – maybe stopping en-route in one of the little bays for some swimming.
You moor in the old fishing harbour - either anchor stern to in the harbour (Mediterranean style), or tie onto the harbour wall. Puerto de Vueltas, the other name for Valle Gran Rey (the valley of the King), is a delightful town surrounded by red cliffs, with narrow back streets. This wonderful setting is one of the best in the Canary Islands - a world apart from the resorts of Las Americas! Once you have watched the sun go down over the ocean from a little bar you can enjoy a delightful Lebanese restaurant or if you fancy Spanish food you will not be disappointed. The only problem with the town is it is so hard to leave its peaceful environment.
From Valle Gran Rey we usually make our way back to San Sebastian.
At the end of the week will will make our way back to the base marina ready for end of course drinks in our Club House, with the certificate presentation. A great chance to chat over the highlights of the week!