The Canary Islands offer perfect year-round conditions for learning to sail or improving your skills as crew or Skipper. Combine winter sunshine with a stunning landscape, lively nightlife, superb sailing and Endeavour Sailing's expert tuition, and you have an amazing week on and off the water.
The sailing area
The Eastern most of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote lies seventy miles off the west coast of Africa. The stunning volcanic landscape is home to stunning scenery and dramatic lava fields. Cruising is blessed by an ideal year-round climate with the warming influence of the Gulf-Stream and favourable trade winds. You will visit various ports of call on your course from quiet, old fashioned fishing towns to lively modern marinas with all night bars. You may venture as far north as Isla Graciosa or south past the tiny Isla de Lobos to Fuertaventura. The sailing area is a favourite with bottle nosed dolphins and short fin pilot whales. Your yacht will be either a Bavaria 37 or 38 and is ideal for a school course and the expert, friendly instruction you will receive will be second to none.
Fascinating lava landscapes and many sun-drenched beaches - that's what comes to mind when we think of Lanzarote "The Island of Fire". With your free night on Friday at the end of your course, and the option to stay on board on the Saturday for a nominal fee, you will have plenty of time free to explore the island or indulge in some superb windsurfing, cycling and volcano running - Lanzarote's challenging terrain plays host to a famous Iron Man contest every year.
There are two main reasons for the islands constant temperature, firstly the island is in the path of the North-East Trade Wind and secondly the cool Canary Current.
North-East Trade Wind
The trade winds are especially frequent in summer - just when they are needed - and are nearly constant in the month of July. They occur when the Azores anticyclone is located at its normal location near to the Canarian Archipelago.
This situation is caused by hot air over the Equator rising to great altitudes and flowing North. As the air travels Northwards, it cools causing it to sink lower again somewhere over the Azores. Due to the Coriolis force, this air then flows South-westwards towards the Canary Islands and Lanzarote.
You would think that the wind travelling over the ocean would bring with it rain - which Lanzarote doesn’t have a lot of - however it doesn't because as one of the lowest islands in the Canarian Archipelago, the mountains are not high enough to convert the moist air into rain.
The second cooling effect in force around Lanzarote is the cool Canary Current in the waters of the Atlantic. This is caused by the Trade winds again, which drive the water to the Southwest along the coast of Africa, bringing colder water towards the Equator. As it moves south past the Canary Islands the current becomes faster and faster until it meets warmer water flowing North just beyond the Canaries.
This colder water cools the islands and keeps them at a spring like temperature all year round.
The Canary Current is also one of the reasons for the productivity and diversity of Marine life around the Islands.
Lanzarote is at 29° Latitude, which makes it the same as parts of Florida, the Bahamas and of course it’s nearest main landmass neighbour Morocco.