Jackline and tether on a catamaran.

This year one of our resolution  is to try and go out in many kinds of weather and learn from those experiences.

To do so we have to be well equipped, which leads us to our topic of the day : Wichard Elastic Locking Tether: Double Line and Jackline Straps with Stainless Steel Hooks! I agree it is one of those things that you tend to put on the back burner. Though realistically when you are out cruising it is one of the most important item to have! Thank you Grand mammy for the Christmas money this help speed the process.

As usual, we consulted on of our good friend : Google! We did find a great essay from one fellow catamaran owner, and you will find all the details on Sail Delmarva. There are some other esoteric reads around with lots of calculation. Those help you understand that in the end you need about 5000lbs of Breaking point over the entire contraption. With a little stretch it should unable the system to save your life, and not kill you right away! of course if we wear it.

With this positive note let’s go virtually visit our fifth island! Gomera: one of the Spain’s Canary Island. We never took the plane when we lived in England due to the bad tourist reputation. But there is a good chance that when we go around we will stop in one of those pre-Atlantic stop.

The island is of volcanic origin and roughly circular; it is about 22 km (15 miles) in diameter and rises to 1487 m (nearly 5000 feet) at the island’s highest peak, Garajonay. Its shape is rather like an orange that has been cut in half and then split into segments, which has left deep ravines or barrancos between them. These barrancos, in turn, are covered by the laurisilva – or laurel rain forest.

The upper reaches of this densely wooded region are almost permanently shrouded in clouds and mist, and as a result are covered in lush and diverse vegetation: they form the protected environment of Spain’s Garajonay National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The slopes are criss-crossed by paths that present varying levels of difficulty to visitors, and stunning views to seasoned hikers.

The central mountains catch the moisture from the trade wind clouds and yield a dense jungle climate in the cooler air, which contrasts with the warmer, sun-baked cliffs near sea level.

Between these extremes one finds a fascinating gamut of microclimates; for centuries, the inhabitants of La Gomera have farmed the lower levels by channelling runoff water to irrigate their vineyards, orchards and banana groves.


Note from the editor : To spice up a notch our daily exercise, we will not use any island in the same group. Come on, it makes things too easy otherwise, wouldn’t you agree? Now let’s try to go back and figure out what we are going to get for our overboard avoidance system.