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Canaries: multi island adventure sailing holiday

Canaries: multi island 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: PTP08112021

  • Start date / place: November 08 2021. Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
  • End date / place: November 12. Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £250

TRIP CODE: PTP15112021

  • Start date / place: November 15 2021. Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
  • End date / place: November 19. Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
  • Full price: £699
  • Deposit: £250


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 sailing around Lanzarote. 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.

Cruise up the eastern side of the island

Today we will sail towards the north of the island, passing the beautiful bay of Arrieta as we go. The prevailing NE trade winds will likely mean  35nm on a close reach, so today is about having the yacht heeled over, charging along and enjoying the wind in your hair and the winter sun. There’s often a pod of dolphins to accompany the boat en route. As we get closer to our destination, La Graciosa, you will get to see the spectacular panoramic views of the towering Famara Cliff face.

Explore La Graciosa

After spending a night at anchor in maybe in the lovely marina, we’ll probably stop for the day to allow everyone to explore the island. La Graciosa is an island of virgin beaches, golden sand and a volcanic landscape, with turquoise waters and white houses in a fishing village where time seems to have stood still. We can explore with a hike or by hiring bikes  or even a 4×4. It is a very special place to discover and always a massive highlight of our time here. Sailing and exploring the Chinijo Archipelago generally is one of the real joys of the Canary Islands. The whole area is a protected UNESCO marine reserve.  Wildlife is everywhere with sightings of Cetaceans a regular occurrence here.

Downwind sailing on the west of the island

Our last big sail of the trip, and it’s always a shame to be leaving La Graciosa but this is a great day of sailing. We navigate south along the rugged western coastline of Lanzarote. Along the way you are highly likely to encounter dolphins, Common and Risso, who tend to play on the bow allowing you to take videos and pictures galore.

Our destination is Marina Rubicon on the southern tip of the island. It is a large, really well equipped marina and we can have some tapas and beers ashore to celebrate a great day of sailing.

Papagayo Beach

It’s a very short sail today, although we can always extend it by heading south to Fuerteventura for lunch. Our destination is the glorious Papagayo anchorage, just off a golden beach, with rugged cliffs behind it and turquoise blue water to swim in. It is an idyllic last stop on our holiday.

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 marina at Puerto Calero where we start and end.


    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.