We contemplated with the possibility to go into the marina for the two days that SE was forecast, but for unknown reasons, a very uncomfortable swell set in during our second night, so that we were well awake at 4 in morning and decided to move on.
While we usually slowly put full reverse power on the anchor to make sure it sits well, we didn't give it the full pull here, as we had been able to slowly drag the anchor through the shallow sand on previous occasions. And, with the usual wind from North to NE one would simply drift out of the bay into the canal towards Lanzarote. The picture above, taken a few days later from the cliff in Lanzarote, shows the place.
Our first day in Lanzarote was an unusual hot day for so early in the season, warm air from Africa was driving temperatures up and our 3km walk to the little town of Calheta del Sebo was rather hot dessert walk.
The next day things changed, the wind picked up to 35kts and was rater easterly, so that we were hanging towards the western shore of the bay, maybe two to there boat lengths from the rocks. Normally we would not worry, but knowing that anchoring in this bay isn't bullet proof, we brought out a second anchor, for peace of mind and better sleep. Then we got sand blasted for two days in a row. After that the boat looked like in the following picture.
We should soon learn, that the marina wasn't really finished yet. Many pontoons and fingers still offer the raw aluminium frame to your boat and some rather sharp edges. This combined with strong gusts of wind from the side and a non attentive skipper, left a nasty scratch in Taniwani's topside. A first for Taniwani, and hopefully the last such incident.
As for the wind, it seems the harbour in Arrecife is one of the windiest places on the island. But these days it was blowing everywhere and if you consider one of Cesar Manrique's pictures, it becomes clear that strong wind is a feature of this lovely island.