|Distances: Marina Rubicón: 40.7 mn. Puerto Calero: 33 mn. Marina Lanzarote: 23.7 mn.|
|Navigation hazards: Punta Fariones.|
|Weather conditions: The high Famara cliffs can sometimes trap the wind, whipping it up in the El Río strait that separates both islands but rarely generating bad sea conditions.|
|Mooring: Playa de la Francesa and Puerto de Caleta de Sebo, in La Graciosa. El Veril, in Alegranza (more uncomfortable than Playa de la Francesa).|
Sailing from any of Lanzarote’s ports to the Chinijo Archipelago at the north of the island, normally means sailing along the east coast, which is sheltered from the northern waves. This protection starts to fall away just after the Los Ancones area and will disappear completely once beyond Jameos. The return leg is sometimes sailed along the west coast, especially if returning to Marina Rubicon.
The only authorized anchorage areas in the Chinijo Archipelago are the Playa de la Francesa, in La Graciosa, and the El Veril area, in Alegranza. In both cases, you need to get prior authorization from the Cabildo’s Environment Department via its online site, in person, or through the office located in La Graciosa.
From September onwards you’ll find European sailboats concentrated around the Playa de la Francesa beach, this is because it’s a popular stopover point before crossing the Atlantic. To dock at the port of Caleta de Sebo is another option but you’ll also need to have made a reservation (see link).
Photo: Víctor Hernández[instagram.com/victorhdl]