Saturday, 25 June 2011

Pozo Day 1

Me and Stef arrived in Pozo after another lucky kit blag on to the Thomas Cook plane. £40 for 120kg (4 bags) worth of kit. Sweet! We also managed (with some dodgy spanish) to squeeze those four bags and us into basically a people carrier, with me squashed between the window and the bags. The taxi ride to Pozo was interesting, with the taxi driver talking spanish politics and wind turbines and telling us his grandfathers advice about the economic situation here. Needless to say, I didn't understand all of it.

Anyway, we are staying at La Ola-the little surf bar in town. We have the apartment to ourselves for now but two italians will be joining us soon. There has been a fog over Gran Canaria for I don't know how long, but it has made it extremely hot and killed the wind somewhat. So yesterday I managed one sail (with sorting out kit and food shopping etc). Nice waves for Pozo, but only 4.7 weather and sometimes a little light. I was just getting my sailing comfortable again here, so nothing special that session. Today the wind was light again, and I expected it to build, so we waited. About 4 it completely turned off so we got ready for a swim, then as soon as we came out it was back again. It was really on and off though with only about 5 people on the water at any one time, most floating around, so I ended up giving it a miss today. Tomorrow I will be on it whatever the conditions!!

Here are a couple of photos from Day 1. First a couple of backside photos, I am working on getting the sail lower and getting more vertical:

Our friend Mikey Clancy is here from Ireland. We shared a wave (unintentionally), him going frontside and me backside, not ideal! I ended up having to follow the wave in with his kit following me after he crashed, and ended up coming in too far down wind and having to walk up.

Looks like the wind will be back properly on Wednesday-bring on 3.4 sailing!

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