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Canaries: adventure sailing holiday

Canaries: adventure sailing holiday





Be a part of this wonderful introductory level sailing adventure in the Canaries, sailing and exploring between Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife

The islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife are the most perfect little adventure playground for sailing in the winter. Guaranteed trade winds, warm winter sun, gorgeous little harbours and anchorages and short distances. We keep a very flexible itinerary to ensure that whatever the wind direction when you are with us, you will sail to the real gems of the area. This is a perfect short break for all and an introductory level sail for those new to sailing.
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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.

TRIP CODE: ATG24012022

  • Start date / place: January 24 2022. Arecife, Lanzarote
  • End date / place: February 04 2022. Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
  • Full price: £1,899
  • Deposit: £760


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



This is 40% of the trip price and 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 sailing around Tenerife and La Gomera. 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, training and sail to the western shores of Gran Canaria

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 experienced 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, hoisting the sails and working through all the key 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’ll likely anchor in the lovely little bay of Punta de Sardina, which has great shelter and we can swim or take the RIB to the gorgeous white sandy beach and explore.

Sail to San Miguel, Tenerife

Now we can have the exhilarating 50nm downwind sail to San Miguel on the very southern tip of Tenerife. Here you get a real taste of traditional Tenerife. San Miguel de Abona is a mountainous valley found in the south of this, the largest of the Canary Islands. We will berth in one of the oldest towns to be found on the island, with historic buildings, time-honoured cuisine and peaceful, local life. The town is full of classical architecture and is surrounded by picturesque countryside with rolling hills and deep valleys.

Sail to La Gomera

Now we sail west again for the 30nm to La Gomera. This island was the last stop over point for Christopher Columbus before he headed towards North America, and the island is as beautiful now as it was then. The second-smallest of the seven Canary Islands – near-circular and with a diameter of only 25 kilometres – La Gomera feels like the island that time forgot. In the rolling hills, farmers in straw hats pile huge avocadoes into wheelbarrows and pick the rare Forestara grapes. It is a magical world that has to be discovered.

Sail to western Tenerife

Now we can set sail back to Tenerife, but this time on the wonderfully sheltered north western shores. We may stop at the gorgeous El Puertito, known as turtle bay due to the turtles who often swim in and visit. The rocky bay with its sun bleached white houses is too hard to get to by land, keeping it far off the tourist trail, and absolutely wonderful for sailors.

We can also anchor in the wonderful Masca Bay. Totally wild, the bay is located on the middle of the Los Gigantes cliffs at the end of the Masca Canyon and there are only 2 ways to get to its amazing beach. Arrive by boat or take a long overland trek. The black volcanic sands line the huge golden cliffs and you have a great chance of seeing dolphins and maybe even a whale.

Sail to Gran Canaria

It’s our final sail, we round the northern tip of Tenerife, and turn south east toward Gran Canaria. This is all but guaranteed two be a fast exciting, exhilarating sail and we will scream along using all our new found skills. It’s around 50nm, but so fast are these boats in this wind that we can expect the passage to be wrapped up in just 6-7 hours before we pull serenely into Las Palmas for a fun last evening ashore as a crew.

Packing up and saying goodbye

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. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs (we prefer if you don’t, but if you need to catch a ferry or flight, you can leave as early as you need to on the last day).


  • You should join the boat at 0900hrs on the start day. It is important you are not late.
  • You will disembark at 1200hrs on the end day.
  • For exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab



    • Arecife airport (IATA code: ACE) is a short taxi ride from the marine


    • Gran Canaria airport (IATA code: LPA) is well served by many airlines.


    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.