Distances: About 80 nm, depending on the route.
Navigation hazards: Shallows around the Pechiguera Point and Papagayo in the south and Punta Fariones Point in the north.
Weather conditions: Terral winds are frequent in the south and southwest of Lanzarote. The effects of the rougher seas of the north of the island can start to be felt in the vicinity of Los Ancones.
Mooring: Sail boats frequently anchor in the Chinijo Archipelago after the first day’s sailing.


Lanzarote can be circumnavigated in one day – it would be a long day, mind you, and exactly how long depends entirely on the weather conditions. . Attempting to circle it in one fell swoop is not something that local sailors would usually do – unless they were participating in the annual regatta around the island.

Given that the sea is roughest in the north of the island, the most comfortable option is to sail close-hauled around the entire leeward coast, and return from the north with the wind at your stern. Local sailors will usually sail close-hauled quite near the coastline, especially from Arrecife up towards the Jameos area, where they can take advantage of relatively calm seas. Caution is needed from Jameos and beyond, though, as the coast stops offering protection and as you head north, hugging the coast can actually be a more dangerous course.

The return can usually be done on a dead run in virtually one tack all the way to Timanfaya National Park. From there you must start gybing because the wind will be right at the stern of your boat.

Photo: Víctor Hernández[instagram.com/victorhdl]