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28th December, 2013

La Gomera

La Gomera
Our original schedule had us berthing at Valle Gran Rey, a new berth on the south west coast of La Gomera. Fortunately another vessel had cancelled which allowed us to berth in San Sebastian, the pleasant little ‘capital’ of the island. Here the berth is sheltered from the usual westerly winds and swell. I was given the opportunity, however, of going with the pilot to take a look at this new berth and decide whether it may be suitable for the future. Because the journey over land would have been rather lengthy he managed to convince a friend to take us in his boat. Even that took almost an hour and was, at times, not exactly comfortable in the swell and freshening breeze.

The new jetty was of excellent construction, but the adjacent cliffs less than three hundred meters away seemed just a little too close for comfort. We took a stroll into the village passing a number of older gentlemen sat playing dominoes at a couple of rickety tables, most of whom new the pilot and greeted him like an old lost friend, I presumed he was. We had a coffee, I took photos of the pier for my report, and one of the village, and then we left for the return journey.

The cliffs on the southern side of La Gomera reach up to three or four hundred meters and are most spectacular because of their volcanic origin. Molten lava frozen in time with, here and there, long almost vertical layers of some other substance that had weathered less and looked like broken fences separating different areas of rock.

By the time we rounded the last headland the north east wind had started to pick up and I was more than happy to be dropped off by our stern and return to the homely stability of Sapphire. The wind though, was a precursor for our fortune on the morrow.

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