Marina Rubicon - Lanzarote
After a fairly challenging 2 weeks at anchor off La Graciosa Island we were ready for some marina luxury. Marina Rubicon is a superb marina and after a few days finding our way around we decided that this would be a good place to prepare for the Atlantic crossing.
We have been working flat out checking the boat from the bottom of the hull to the tip of the mast. The inside has been spring cleaned, everything restowed, oil and fuel filters changed, and the sewing machine has been out to make up lee cloths, storage covers and mossy nets.
But it's not been all graft. We hired a car for three days to look around the island - and what a surprise; despite very little greenery, the island is something of gem.
The volcano tops at Timafanya were interesting enough to justify the rather steep 8 euros a head entry fee: not often you see your food being cooked by the heat of a volcano.
Famara beach, Lanzarote's best kitesurfing spot looked spectacular with a huge swell breaking on the reef but we didn't have our kit with us.
Mirador, at the north of Lanzarote gave a fantastic view over to La Graciosa Island where we had anchored.
In Arrecife, the capital, we did a huge shop in Lidl and Spar - imagine shopping for 2 months. And then we enjoyed the lovely city beach.
We are now back to boat jobs. Next on the list is a bit of diving to grease the max prop. Oh, and finally, our Kiwi next door neighbours on sy Musketelle have a cat, named Wifi (she comes and goes), and she seems to have sussed that Chris is a soft touch when it comes to cats - and she (Wifi) keeps bagging the captain's cushion!