Western Island Flotilla, Canary Islands, Spain hosted by Canary Sail – La Gomera
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Jim Grey

Our one week cruise will enable you to explore the peaceful and stunning western Canary Islands

An approximately 250NM cruise starting with a “shakedown” sail to Los Gigantes, on north Tenerife. You will experience the “zone” where winds are amplified between islands. Then on to some of the less spoilt and beautiful Western Canary Islands of La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. These are truly stunning, exotic Islands. Where local and Spanish culture combine in majestic island settings. This week long cruise is intended for people who are looking to enjoy a sailing cruise and also may want to achieve mileage towards further qualifications. The days can be long, the winds can be challenging but our skippered cruises are very popular and will give you not only a fantastic adventure but an awesome sense of achievement.

Canary Sail & Jim Grey

Canary Sail features ideal sailing conditions & a wide selection of sailboats to choose from – not surprising that many students return to sail again! The school was recently featured by ASA – read the article ⟩⟩


Visit Tenerife north, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera with stopovers at ports for dinner. Some night sailing might be included leaving you time to discover some of the more beautiful towns and locations the Canaries has to offer. See typical itinierary ⟩⟩.

Recommended Sailing Experience

Some sailing experience is a minimum requirement and you have ideally experienced some distance sailing and passages as crew including passages overnight. You will be expected to helm and keep watch in the company of your skipper and other crew members.

Expected Outcome

A fantastic time! 250NM in your logbook together. Experience of real Atlantic sailing.

What’s Included

If you are joining one of our skippered boats, here’s what’s included in your Canary Sail cruise cost?

  • Your own cabin
  • Provisions for light meals and on board, soft drinks, coffee, tea (please advise us if you have any special dietary requirements)
  • Diesel, gas, and marina fees
  • Fully qualified instructor/skipper
  • Wet weather sailing gear (unlikely to be needed)
  • Safety gear including life jacket and safety harness
  • Fresh sheets, duvets, pillows, and towels
  • Circa 250 nautical miles
  • Quality “Canary Sail” t-shirts
  • Welcome drinks on arrival


Cabin prices (from either of our Gomera or Tenerife bases)

  • 40ft: €900 per person (€1700 for two sharing)
  • 45ft: €950 per person (€1800 for two sharing)

Prices exclude flights, transfers and food and drink ashore.

The “Exclusive Cruise Yacht” Option

This option is for couples, families or groups:

  • Bareboat (you skipper)
  • Skipper / Instructor only
  • Skipper / Instructor + Crew / Hostess

Please contact us for more information and pricing for the “Exclusive Cruise Yacht” options.

Flotilla Itineraryitineraries assume our normal and very reliable NE trade winds but are always subject to weather conditions.

1Day One, FridayWelcome

We will meet and welcome you at your chosen base. You are then invited to join us all for drinks to meet the team, your instructors and fellow students or crew who start their full week courses. You will be made very welcome by the Canary Sail team and we can advise the best restaurants for you to sample!

2Day Two, SaturdayShakedown Sail

Prepare the yacht including a full safety brief. Set sail for Los Gigantes, north Tenerife for an initial short “shakedown” sail to settle you all in. Relax for the evening in this charming marina offering a good choice of restaurants and relaxing bars.

3Day Three, SundaySail up to Santa Cruz, La Palma

Prepare to set off early for the sail up to Santa Cruz, La Palma (or Tazacorte). This is a full day sailing, usually on a beam reach (in NE winds) which should get you into your destination in time for dinner. Once again, a great choice of local restaurants awaits you all! The marina here is new and offers great facilities including relaxing bars around the marina, Wi-Fi, and excellent facilities. And the marinas are close to town so you can venture out and enjoy local culture.

4/5Day Four/Five, Monday/Tuesday Exploring La Palma & Tazacorte

Maybe some time to look around this truly beautiful town before setting off again around the north of La Palma to the quite, relaxing location of Tazacorte. Again the marina facilities are new, the restaurants good and the small village and beach offer a quaint, relaxed holiday atmosphere – a real gem!

6/7Day Six/Seven, Wednesday/Thursday Sail to Valle Gran Rey (Vueltas)

Sail back to the west coast of La Gomera to Valle Gran Rey (Vueltas). This is a small fishing harbor offering the best fresh fish anywhere along with plenty of other, international choice of food. Good fun till late if you so desire. Return sail and join the rest of the team and other crews for drinks and dinner in one of our favorite restaurants. Remember – accommodation on board Thursday evening is included!

8Day Eight, Friday Sail to Valle Gran Rey (Vueltas)

Leave the yacht at 10.00 latest please for your return home or to continue your holiday on La Gomera or Tenerife. Please contact us for advice on choices of quality accommodation.

Note: It is possible these routes can be reversed to include the Western Island of El Hierro, La Restinga – weather dependent!