Atlantic Ocean Islands

 

We are always happy to make recommendations where we have received good service in some way and so we have tried to list below the people and companies, by country in case it helps anyone looking for this information.

 

We do not recommend people lightly and so these places have all done us proud. Please tell us if you find differently.

 

Anyone looking to cross the Atlantic might find Sarah's provisioning notes useful. These can be downloaded (pdf files) from our downloads section.

Porto Santo Porto Santo
Madeira Madeira
Lanzarote Lanzarote
Gran Canaria Gran Canaria
Tenerife Tenerife
cape verde islands Cape Verde islands

 

Porto Santo

The most wonderful small island, north east of Madeira and one we would recommend everyone visits on their way south.

Big safe harbour with a small rather home-made marina in the corner, but secure and the island is a delight to see. (Open top bus ride covers the entire island in 2 hours with stops!)

 

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Madeira:

 

Quinta Do Lorde Marina
A bit 'out of town' this marina, but very reasonable and well protected. Fuel and gas available.

Well worth hiring a car for the day (you can do this at a god rate through the marina office) and touring the island which is just wonderful. We had a great day out and if you combine it with some shopping in the main city of Funchal it becomes very good value too.

Phone: 291 9602000
Fax: 291 9602002
info@quintadolorde.com

Green Storm: Dufour 38.5 for charter and a house to rent
www.greenstorm.com and www.lugarinho.com
email: info@greenstorm.pt

 

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Canary Islands

 

Lanzarote

Puerto Calero
We really took to this marina and our friends on Scott-Free liked it so much they stayed for 8 weeks.
We also were happy to leave Serafina here for 4 weeks while we flew home. There are plenty of boats waiting here for the trade winds to settle in for their Atlantic crossings, so there is no shortage of folks that will keep an eye on your boat if you too want to leave it somewhere for a while and there is a proper guardianage service available as well.

Good all round protection and a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants. here is a small supermarket, but for a big shop, it is no distance in a taxi to a superstore.

Only a 15 euro taxi ride from the airport and another good place to enjoy a days car hire although nothing like as varied as Madeira.
Also a boatyard, chandlery, fishing tackle shop, Raymarine and other electronics, sailmaker - just about a full house!
Phone: 928 511285
Fax: 928 514568
reservas@puertocalero.com


Fuerteventura

Not much going for this island we felt, but we did sort of enjoy the little 'marina' at Puerto del Castillo.
Phone: 928 163514
Email: marcan@abaforum.es (don't hold your breath for a reply)

However be advised that the Atlantic Islands Pilot book has got this place all wrong! There are just 3 or four visitors moorings here and the bulk of the berths are sports fishing boats. Good protection from the North in a blow, but we assume that it would be dreadful in here if a southerly was forecast. Noisy.

Part of the marina is given over to a water zoo with several sea lions, lots of varieties of fish all of which is a bit tacky and seedy.

Good cheap bus service to the main town (Rosario) where there is a hypermarket.

 

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Gran Canaria:

 

Las Palmas

We only visited Las Palmas by car during the ARC preparations and it was a real bun fight. However I expect once the ARC has left, this would be a good place to prepare. Good supermarkets that understand what you are trying to do and several chandleries, but they might well be cleaned out in late November by the ARC! The marina is sound and looks to have excellent protection from all wind directions. Very few others anywhere in the Canaries seem to protect against a southerly blow.

Pasito Blanco

This is a yacht club/marina in the south of the island and we enjoyed a few days here although there are NO shops nearby (tiny mini market onsite) and there is a strange and strong surge that gets up at high tides. Doubt it would be nice in a southerly either.

 

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Tenerife:

Santa Cruz

Marina Santa Cruz
This is an excellent place to provision prior to an Atlantic crossing as the marina is central to this very large city which has several superb hypermarkets (Carrefour, hyperdino etc.) as well as an El Corte Ingles.

BUT it is no place to be if there is a southerly blow. If southerly winds are forecast, then get out and head for Las Palmas in Gran Canaria fast! The swell sweeps into this marina and is very dangerous with boats and pontoons being damaged in quite moderate conditions.

Chandleries:
There are at least three good chandleries here and they specialise in different things so you will need to visit all three!
Nautica Nordest, Calle San Francisco, Phone 922 24 00 64 were outstandingly helpful to us in several ways and we cannot praise them enough.

Blanco (I do not have the address, but the marina will give you their leaflet) were very helpful too and stock a lot more than you can see.

 

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Cape Verde Islands:

 

Sao Vincente Island

Marina Midelo:
Full marina set up here with power and water and internet. Good tax free fuel.
Food shopping is minimal and fresh fruit and veg is dire.
www.marinamindelo.com (They never replied to any of our emails, but apart from when the ARC swings by, they seem to have plenty of room!)

 

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