The yachting.com Sailing Guide to The Canary Islands
Sailing Season in Canary Islands
The main yacht chartering season takes place from during the European and US winter months and into the spring from about October through to April.
Things to Keep in Mind
The Canary islands are the starting point of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers or ARC which starts in November. Expect crowds of boats making last minute preparations prior to departure. Starting your holiday after this yearly event may be advisable.
Advanced registration four or more days in advance is often required as ports are relatively small.
In some places you can anchor in front of the marina at a fuel station should marinas be at capacity.
Overnight sails between islands offer visitors a chance to explore the islands themselves during the day. It is possible to hire cars but be advised that on islands less frequented by tourists, it is best to reserve a car in advance as the supply of rental cars is limited.
Be aware of the wind acceleration zones or WAZ between the islands which can cause steep waves and short wavelengths. Winds can increase significantly and strong sailing stills are needed to safely navigate these areas.
The gulf stream brings significant rainfall to the islands furthest west in the archipelago which are home to rainforests.
Current Sailing Conditions
Sailors may be surprised to find that distances between mooring options in the Canary Islands tend to be much further than sailing destinations in the mediterranean. Plan your route and anchoring points accordingly.
The Canaries are an excellent destination to escape the winter blues and experience excellent sailing conditions, thriving marine life, diverse plant and animal life, and stunning vistas amongst the archipelago’s unique islands.
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