21 Nov. We have just arrived at Puerto Tazacorte on the western side of La Palma in the Canary Islands. Unusually the wind is blowing strongly from the south and this is a better marina to be in with that wind. There is one other port on the eastern side of the island but that has a surge problem in southerly winds. We were planning to stay for about 3 days to explore the island but it looks like there is a big blow due at the weekend so we may end up staying a day or two longer.
Another website which may be of interest can be found here. On the 'Live Map', it shows the position of most of the world's shipping which is a little disconcerting when you see how busy some of the shipping lanes are that we are going to be sailing through. When our AIS is on it transmits our position and that too will be shown on the website's map; all very Orwellian! If we're sailing you can find our location on the map using the 'Ships Map', 'Go to Vessel' search box on the top left hand side of the page. If we are in port or out of range you can find a list of the ports Blue Velvet has recently visited (with arrival and departure times) using the search box in the top right hand corner.