Sunday, December 4, 2016

Xmas, rowers, mountains and farewells in La Gomera

La Gomera has certainly stolen our hearts - we have had such a fantastic time here, met some amazing people and felt really welcome by the locals. It is basically a mountain with huge valleys where the villages sit and at top is a huge cloud forest of moss covered trees; it is covered in hiking trials and has a unique culture including a special whistling language called Silbo that you can actually hear people speak. When you have seen the landscape it makes sense as it is along way from one village to the next on very winding roads. It is a very laid back and has just suited us really well as we prepare to cross the Atlantic.

We met Paul and Jenny on Due West the day after they quit their jobs in London and flew out to join their boat which they had left in La Gomera. Paul had previously solo rowed the Atlantic, leaving from La Gomera so one night after a few drinks he took us to tour the rowing boats that are due to leave for this years event on 14th December see atlanticchallenge

Jenny showing Andrew her lures!!
Paul's tour of ocean rowing boats
We hired a car for a couple of days to see the island.....

Agulo on the North of the Island
Agulo - such a pretty village

Playa Vallehermoso 
Derelict Castle del Mar

The rowers started to arrive in La Gomera on 1st December and hang out at the Blue Marlin bar where we happened to be - it ended up being a very late night. Our favs are the three Andy's - although we do not recommend you go drinking with them..... We will be tracking them and hope to catch up with them in Antigua see to support this amazing team

Andrew and the Andy's
We had a few days of grotty weather but still managed to explore.

Valle Gran Rey

Valle Gran Rey

Harbour at Valle Gran Rey

Valle Gran Rey

Amazing landscapes

The Due West team left for Antigua.....

Jenny, Paul, Deano and Stefan 
We had a great night out on Friday, when the whole town celebrated the start of the Christmas season...

Christmas procession in San Sebastian
Katharina and I meet Rudolph
We had a couple of awful nights where the southerly swell came into the marina, however the wind has just gone around to the north again and it's starting to ease as I write this.

Blue Roger left - we are in a radio schedule with them
The Andy's came to visit Askari and we went to see their boat - 'Carry Them Home'...

I check out the accommodation - think I'll stick with Askari
Andrew and the Andy's
So we are officially ready to go and are happy with the weather forecast from tomorrow - the lasagne is made and the life lines are on, we are doing our final internet and will then be signing off for a while - our current plan is to go directly to Barbados unless the wind doesn't play the right game and we may call in to the Cape Verdes. We will update the blog via our SSB radio modem, but no pictures or Facebook links until later. Ciao people x x


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