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Adventure sailing holiday: Canaries Explorer

Adventure sailing holiday: Canaries Explorer





The island of Lanzarote, one of the Islands of Eternal Spring, is one of our most popular sailing routes and with very good reason. A UNESCO biosphere, it has a spectacular volcanic landscape, gorgeous towns and anchorages all around it, deep blue waters and a lovely climate. It is the most eastern of the Canary Islands and its least developed. There is little of the touristy glitz that can blight the other Canary Islands. Sitting directly in the north-east trade winds, Lanzarote makes for a perfect sailing holiday.

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These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.


  • Start date / place: October 07 2022. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote
  • End date / place: October 21 2022. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £175


  • Start date / place: October 31,  2022. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote
  • End date / place: November 04, 2022. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £175


  • Start date / place: January 30,  2023. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote
  • End date / place:  February 03, 2023. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £175


  • Start date / place: February 06,  2023. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote
  • End date / place:  February 10, 2023. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £175


Please see ‘TRAVEL – GETTING TO & FROM YOUR TRIP’ tab for advice on start and end points.



This  is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.

Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.

Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.

This is a typical sailing itinerary for the Canaries Explorer sailing holiday. What makes an adventure holiday so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of this is guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.

Joining day

Join the boat and get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty of things to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. After lunch, we’ll start to show you the boat, issue lifejackets and oilskins and teach you the most important skills when on board.

Briefings and training

Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly qualified instructors to guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday. By lunchtime, we should be casting off the lines, and it’s time to learn the ropes. You’ll be hoisting the sails and working through all the critical sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day, everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s more to learn and practice every day. We will likely anchor at the gorgeous Papagayo beach

Sail to Fuerteventura

Just five miles to the south of Lanzarote is Fuerteventura and the small island of Lobos. We can anchor there out of the wind and swell for a lovely relaxed lunch, and the snorkelling here is spectacular, so clear is the water. We can then sail the short distance to Corralejo on the north shore. It’s a fun place to spend an evening and the town, although very touristy in areas still has plenty of charm, with narrow, uneven streets, good seafood restaurants and even a fishers’ cottage or two.

Sail to Puerto Calero

It’s another day of playing around on the yacht with no real distance to go, so we can take it easy, take our time and just have fun. On the south east corner of Lanzarote is Puerto Calero, which is a pleasant, sheltered, relatively tranquil yacht harbour with a jaunty, upmarket maritime vibe and a row of seafront cafes and restaurants.


Today we will sail up the eastern coast to the capital, Arrecife, a small, agreeable, town with a pleasant Mediterranean-style promenade, an inviting sandy beach washed by the sparkling Atlantic, and a disarming backstreet hotchpotch of sun-bleached buildings, unpretentious bars, buzzy shopping streets and restaurants of all kinds. After a day on the water with sun, sea and wind, it is a really fun evening out.

La Graciosa

We have an 18nm sile to the gorgeous island of La Graciosa, just off the northern tip of Lanzarote. A truly beautiful island, it is believed to be the inspiration for Treasure Island. The story goes that pirates used the island for shelter from the tempestuous Atlantic Ocean. In the 1760s, it is believed thata British crew was followed to La Graciosa by a pirate galleon and fearing their booty would be captured, buried their gold somewhere on the island, refusing, despite torture, to reveal its location. The story, including evidence found of an Admiral Hawke in the area in the 18th century, bears more than a coincidental resemblance to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel. Some say the treasure is still buried there today. Maybe we can find it?

Sail the west coast to Marina Rubicon

The rugged but beautiful west coast has nowhere to stop, so it makes for a lovely fast downwind sail back to Marina Rubicon. It is 35nm, so an exhilarating full day of sailing, and when we get back, windswept and full of sun, we will have time to head ashore for a great last evening party as a crew.

Debrief, clean up and goodbyes

It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends, and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home.


  • You should join the boat at 0900hrs on the start day. It is important you are not late.
  • You will disembark at 1700hrs on the end day.
  • For exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab


    • Arecife airport (IATA code: ACE) is well served by many airlines and is close to the marina


    These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. No previous sailing experience is required for this route


    We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

    See more information and the full kit list here


    We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.

    Fitness to sail


    Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.

    See the Medical Declaration here


    • All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
    • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
    • Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
    • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.


    For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.


    • Oilskins
    • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
    • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
    • All on-board food and snacks.
    • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
    • RYA sailing qualifications can be earned where applicable.


    • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
    • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
    • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
    • Any meals you eat ashore.


    Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

    • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
    • These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
    • When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
    • Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and Trip Notes before booking.