Canary Islands Yacht Sailing Flotilla – Tuition Holiday Around Lanzarote
Come with us yacht sailing to the Canary Islands and circumnavigate the fantastic island of Lanzarote in 1 week on our mini sailing flotilla, tuition style skippered charter week holiday. ‘Buy a Berth’ or charter your own yacht. Flights are under £45 return Easyjet Luton and £78 from Gatwick (Jan 2022)!
Develop your sailing skills and confidence in the Canary Islands with warm winds and sunny skies from Marina Lanzarote – or just relax and have a holiday! Either ‘buy a berth’ or charter and skipper your own yacht but ‘sail with us in company’ for that additional comfort factor… all on large, well presented boats. Temperatures last year were around 25’C and good breezes make for superb sailing conditions. More info, pictures of previous trips and Itinerary can be found here
Covid Safety / Entry Procedures into Canaries – Regarded as one of the safest destinations to holiday in at the present time – as of January 2022 you have to have a double jab vaccination certificate or confirmation of recovery plus a passenger locator form, but things change all the time – See here for more detail and latest up to date information of Canaries entry requirement https://www.hellocanaryislands.com/travelling-to-the-canary-islands/
Jet2 do a really good simple to understand page on what is required – See here for Jet2 info detail
It looks like ‘Return Rules to UK’ will be relaxed on 26th Jan 2022 meaning no testing for vaccinated passengers.
‘Sail Round Lanzarote’ in the Canaries – on a Modern 51ft or 56ft Sailing Yacht
Week 1: January 29th – 5th February 2022 . (Full) 51ft Yacht
Week 2: February 5th – 12th February 2022 . (Full) 56 ft Yacht
Week 4: 19th – 26th February 2022. Enquire for ‘Book a Berth’ spaces!
£1045pp + Flights (shared cabin)
£1599pp + Flights (single occupancy – limited availability)
Week 3: February 12 – 19th February 2022
(Available for Skippered Charter – Approximate cost of 10 person 51 ft yacht including Skipper – from £6820)
Week 4: 19th – 26th February 2022 (Skipper Charter Week – Take the whole Boat
(Approximate cost of 10/12 person 56 ft yacht including Skipper – from £7600)
email us here– we will send more info (approximate itinerary) and a booking form. Deposits £500 pp for buy a berth deposits with balance 8 weeks prior to event. Skippered charter 50% deposit with balance 8 weeks prior. (damage deposit applies)
Assisted Bare Boat Available – Check the link for Lava Charter availability (however you must book through us – at the same price they offer on the web – for assisted charter or accompanied sailing)
‘Buy A Berth’ Take a cabin or berth aboard our fantastic modern 56 ft yacht with Skipper. These large modern yachts have 5 cabins, (3 toilets / showers) and give great space aboard for fast comfortable cruising in warm sunny climes. These are cracking boats and if you haven’t sailed a big boat before you’ll be amazed at the space – the deck height head clearance and big cabins. (Limited availability for own cabin option)
Excellent tuition is available all week in a relaxed style, practise your passage planning and a bit of navigation, act as ‘skipper on-board’ the boat but under guidance – or just kick back and join in the sailing elements when you want to. We take any experience level on this trip and we try to keep the saloon areas clear using just the cabins so that there is plenty of space aboard. Numbers wise we normally aim to have 6 clients aboard a 46 foot yacht and 7 on board a 50 footer.
With 5 cabins and 3 heads / toilets / showers there is a lot of space. On the ‘buy a berth’ yachts everyone mucks in and helps out with the sailing and any galley chores but if you want a more exclusive trip with your own group, own Skipper and even your own hostess to look after the catering and serve the chilled G&T’s – see below (at the bottom). You can even charter your own boat but join our group to ‘sail in company’ giving you that reassurance of having a helping hand available – See bottom of page.
Canaries Wildlife. There is fantastic wildlife with dolphins and short finned pilot whales, abundant fish stocks and time to relax, swim and snorkel or just wind down with a bit of winter sunshine! We will sail most days but also have time to explore the surroundings and enjoy the Islands. As we take several boats we have our own ‘ready-made’ social scene and enjoy our shore-side ‘cocktail parties’ when all the boats have docked and we enjoy a sun-downer before we eat in the local restaurants.
Where are they? The Canary Islands are a group of islands belonging to Spain some 108 km off the northwest of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean off Morocco and the Western Sahara. Only 4 hrs flight time away from the UK and in the same time zone… They consist of seven different islands all of volcanic origin. We have options of departing from Lanzarote or Tenerife.
Where we sail in the Canary Islands Lanzarote Week
When you think of the Canaries – think about places that you just couldn’t get to by car, probably places that you have never heard of. Discover 4 islands, La Graciosa, Los Lobos, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are all within reach of a weeks charter. The small Chinijo Archipelago just north of Lanzarote – probably our first day’s sailing will take us here after a shake down cruise. This is where we will be going. Islands with a culture of their own, fantastic seafood from the abundant Atlantic fish stocks, great scenery with towering cliffs and secluded bays, sunshine and warm waters. We also sail from Tenerife around La Gomera as far as La Palma. Ask for more details.
The Chinijo Archipelago. This spectacular area / marine reserve is formed by the small islets of La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Alegranza, the smaller outcrops of Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and the amazing breathtaking cliffs of Famara.
It is the largest marine reserve in Europe and one of the most diverse and rich ecological areas in the whole Canaries and we need a permit obtained in advance to anchor or berth there. Only one of those small islands called La Graciosa is inhabited – just 700 people (and 1 policeman) – who earn a living by fishing or tourism. Just sand tracks for roads and cars are seriously controlled with only a small number of vehicles having a permit to operate – most people use a bike. The other islands are protected reserves and we could sail around them all on the 2nd day or explore further inland.
More than likely we will go south around Lanzarote and visit the uninhabited Lobos Island. it is an islet just north of Fuerteventura in Spain’s Canary Islands. It comprises a largely uninhabited nature preserve that’s home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare birds. The main beach, Playa de la Concha, is known for its spectacular clear waters. We may visit Fuerteventura before heading North to complete the circumnavigation of Lanzarote. Think of passages of 35-45 miles with some upwind sailing and more relaxing downwind legs with some shorter days allowing for exploration, swimming and snorkelling. A Lanzarote example itinerary can be seen here
The Sailing. The islands provide excellent ‘winter sun’ yacht cruising within short flight times with temperate climate and some great winds! Distances over the week would be around 155 miles for your logbook and fantastic sailing in temperate conditions. Most winds are from the north east or north west with a good breeze so we cover the distances easily with the boats cracking on at 8/9 knots because of their waterline length. Between the islands there are acceleration zones where the wind ‘squeezes’ and speeds up – so excellent windy sailing with reefing practice in parts!
Our Skippers are all commercial endorsed MCA / RYA Yachtmasters – great fun and great teachers too. The 56ft Bavaria will be skippered by one of our Yachtforce team but you can take the option to skipper your own boat and ‘Sail in Company’. (see prices at bottom) but be aware that there are only a few smaller craft available.
Sail Around Lanzarote – ‘Buy A Berth’ – 56ft Modern Yacht (see Itinerary here)
- Professional Skipper
- 7 days aboard yacht
- Shared cabin / (Own cabin limited availability)
- 56 foot – 5+1 cabin (+ bow cabin) 4 heads yacht
- Accommodation on board
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks on board
- Life jacket
- End of week cleaning
- Bedding and Towels
Not Included: Flights to Lanzarote Transfer to marina (15 eu taxi fare), meals / drinks ashore. 150 euro – ‘Boat kitty aboard’ for the fuel used, mooring fees, towels, bedding plus cleaning materials, drinks mixers, breakfasts, lunches, some beers and some G&T’s and the large pre- week shop by Skipper / Mate
(Each of the clients will be liable for an equal share of the returnable damage deposit for the boat that Yachtforce has to put down – However, just to say, that we haven’t lost one yet! This deposit is to ensure that everyone looks after the interior of the boat and all the inventory items aboard – we lost a boat hook one time and that cost £4pp and some minor damage one year that amounted to £10pp )
Testimonial: Dan Harrison said this about a windy January Canaries Cruise from Tenerife on a 49 footer, ‘My partner and I went on the Canaries cruise organised by Yachtforce, with Buster as Skipper and Vikki as First Mate. We had an excellent week. We had more wind during the week than expected but it meant Buster taught us loads about sail trim and boat balance. The trip was great fun, communication before and during the week was spot on. This was the first time we had sailed with Yachtforce. We will definitely be using them again.’
Maxine Oliver, Had this to say about a windy week circumnavigating Lanzarote in January. ‘Second time I have been sailing with Buster and Yachtforce and this week in Lanzarote did not disappoint. A real mixture of sailing in all conditions, developing my sailing skills and building my confidence in the capable hands of Buster. We all had a really good time, lots of laughter and relaxation and exploring the bays and towns of Lanzarote. Yachtforce go the extra mile to ensure all the crew develop their sailing skills at whatever level they are at and that we all get on well together, organising gin sundowners at the of the day in the sunshine, meals out together in the evening or time on your own. Both skipper and crew go the extra mile to make sure you get everything from your holiday and that everyone on board is comfortable and looked after.’
Canary Island Flights: (Please make sure you book the right Island / airport for the correct trip.) There are a variety of flights available from the UK to Lanzarote (Airport code ACE) . Easyjet / Jet2 / Tui / Ryan Air
(Jan 2022 – Return fees from just £45 (LTN) £78 (LGW) with Easyjet or £78 with a good 2 bag carry on allowance from Jet2 from BHX Birmingham!)
Canaries Bare-Boat Charter 2021 Prices held until May 2022
Minimum sailing experience – Coastal Skipper with VHF Radio License.
All yachts below are modern and well equipped. If you wish – you can join our ‘Mini Flotilla’ for a comfort feel of ‘sailing in company’. (prices below). The charter company that we are agents for are Lava Charter and the price you pay with us is the same that you pay if you use them direct. We are very happy with their standards and how they maintain their boats and their protocols. These are not the cheapest yachts but we rate them as a cut above the other operators and we know first hand what you are getting as we know the boats, have been on board to look over the fleet and also use these boats. We also will arrange the advance permissions for mooring at La Graciosa when you charter through us and can give you advice on which supermarket will deliver to the boat on a Saturday, where the closest / best / cheapest supermarkets are and how to get your major initial shop to the boat. See here for additional bare boat info.
Note we have included the obligatory extra that is charged which includes all Mooring Fees, End-Cleaning, Gas, Berthing at Marinas includes electric and water, Dinghy or SUP, Outboard Engine plus Fuel, Baby/ Kids life jackets, Bed sheets & Duvet, Towel set (small + large) p.p
Yacht Make / Size
|Cabins + (Heads)
|2021 to May 2022 Charter Cost||Deposit||
Inc. Cleaning/Bedding / Towel /Outboard / Dinghy or SUP. All Mooring Fees inc. water / electric
|BAVARIA 37||3 (+ 1) 2015||€3026||€1.500,-||inc|
|Dufour 382||3 (+ 2) 2015||€3228||€1.500,-||inc|
||3 (+ 2) 2015||€3531||€1.500,-||inc|
|Dufour 412||3 (+2)
|BAVARIA 46||4 (+ 3 2015)||€4086||€2.000,-||inc|
|BAVARIA 51||4/5 (+ 3) 2015||€4742||€2.000,-||inc|
|BAVARIA 56||5/6 +3 2015||€5802||€2.000,-||inc|
|Jeanneau 479||4 (+4) 2018||€4490||€2.000,-||inc|
|Jeanneau 519||5 (+3) 2018||€5146||€2.000,-||inc|
| ‘Sailing in Company’ Fee
Want to Skipper on the Canaries Flotilla Yourself? Need some advise and reassurance?
We can help. If you are minimum Coastal Skipper and have a radio licence you can charter and act as Skipper on your own boat but you have the option to sail with us ‘in company’ joining our own itinerary for as much of the time as you wish. You have the option to join in the morning briefings, discuss with us the route, hazards, mooring detail and if we are in before you we are on hand to take lines and help out when you moor at night. You simply pay a yacht supplement of as low as £150 for this service – on top of the charter fee indicated above. It also includes various evening cockpit sun-downers with nibbles, a ready made social side of things, an opportunity to join in with group evening meals ashore plus briefings from the First Mate on facilities / places of interest for each port.
Canaries Private Yacht Charter with Skipper? Not a problem – we can supply a skipper to teach you on your own yacht. Enjoy intensive tuition and coaching… or simply let the skipper do it all for you. Want someone to act as First Mate, help teach and help with the catering – not a problem. We arrange the charter and can supply the Skipper / Mate – just let us know your numbers, group dynamic, what you would be after from the experience, preferred size boat. We will let you have a quote on your own bespoke event.
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How to Book: For book a berth we are taking money now. Balances are due 8 weeks prior to departure. Please do not arrange your flights until you have received confirmation from the office. Please take out insurance to cover yourself for health, curtailment, C19, repatriation and whatever other risks you want to cover. The Post Office are doing policies that cover covid from £35 week / £45 for 2 weeks
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