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7th December, 2016

San Sebastian, La Gomera

Another dawn arrival as we sailed into San Sebastian, La Gomera. Known as the “Round Isle”, it is one of the oldest and smallest Canary Islands. A busy day for me so no opportunities to sample the delights of this Island of surprises.

The first view is one of a cone shaped volcanic island with a massive grey skyline, however once ashore our Guests reported a very different world with steep valleys, ravines, hidden terraced fields and laurel rain forests. A very “exciting”climb to the top of the island on our tour buses revealed breath taking views and some rare flora and fauna in the mist covered heights of Garajonay National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here are a couple of shots our photographers took during the Gomeran Delights Tour.

We were fortunate to be in port with the crew of the specialist rowing boats that are preparing for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Many Guests had the unique opportunity to chat with the entrants of this ultimate challenge. Scheduled to start on December 14th, this annual race from La Gomera to Antigua is considered the world’s toughest rowing event across 3,000 mile of the Atlantic Ocean. The boats are 7 meters long and just under 2 meters wide. All boats are equipped at the start of the race and once the crossing begins they are not allowed to have any help or take food and water on board. We wish them every success with this challenge of human endurance, and of course smooth seas.

Captain Julian Burgess

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