Tenerife is a beautiful island with many things to offer. You have El Teide’s National Park, Los Gigantes, Roques de Anaga and Fasnia, and many other places one can enjoy themselves in. However, for those who love sailing, you have the “channel”. The channel has Tenerife, to the west, and Gran Canary to the east. During calm weather, it’s magical to sail the Atlantic as you cross over between islands, or even just coasting.
As you sail along the east coast of Tenerife, you inevitably go through an area known to the locals as “El Poris”, roughly between Candelaria and San Miguel, it’s quite known for its strong winds. You can’t go around it, it just part of the route, your best bet is to sail towards Gran Canary, away from the coast, as you try to minimize the weather effects but, if your destination is San Miguel or Santa Cruz, you are certain to come head on to whatever weather “El Poris” is experiencing that day.
It can be an awkward situation for most newcomers who tend to underestimate the weather in this area, often giving them more thrills than they could imagine. “El Poris” can be a fun, thrilling, experience you can share with your crew, as long as you champion safety first and careful use of your sails, otherwise you may find yourself in a tight situation, like the image below.
So on your next sailing visit to Tenerife, be sure to check the weather forecast in advance, you can use Berthlii – Weather forecast. Also, know that you’re in an acceleration zone, more on those here: Canary Islands Acceleration Zones.
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