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Sailing along the coast of Spain can be relaxing or exhilarating!

Pictured below, we are always on the lookout for fishing nets in the water which can foul our propeller.  Our prop picked up a large rope in the middle of the night.  It stopped our engine.  We drifted until daylight when Mike could dive under to cut it away.  He lost his good knife down there but not before he got the job done, thankfully!

We stopped in the new marina in La Linea, next to Gibraltar where we had our sails repaired.  We left Aquila in the marina and took a land trip to Seville, Spain for a few days.  It is a beautiful city with a lot of history.  We followed our tour book's recommendations and crammed in as much sightseeing as we could while we were there.  Of course, we took the time to stop for tapas and mojitos, often.
In late Sept., we left the Mediterranean Sea through the Strait of Gibraltar and made a 5 day voyage to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.

Our first order of business was to haul out for new bottom paint.  Then we had time to play.  The first island in the archipelago for us to explore was Lanzarote.  It has a barren volcanic landscape which is almost eerie, but very beautiful.

The next island we visited was Gran Canaria.  We found a berth in Puerto de Mogan.  It is one of the most charming port towns we've ever seen!

Gran Canaria is very beautiful.  We rented a car for a week and visited all parts of the island.

Then we sailed to Tenerife.  Oh my gosh.  It is our favorite island.  Absolutely amazing.  It is the largest of the Canary Islands and has beaches, volcanoes, forests, sheer cliffs, mountains, historic cities, markets and more .. it was wonderful.  We loved it there.
Next we sailed to the small island of La Gomera where we connected with our San Diego friends, Mark and Kimberly on s/v Swanya, and made new friends, Terry and Debbie on s/v Wings.   All of us are planning to cross the Atlantic when the time is right.  They will wait in La Gomera, but we sailed over to La Palma Island to spend our final month.

We'll talk about La Palma in our next update because we just got here.  It's nicknamed la isla bonita (the pretty island), so we are excited!

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