Sailing along the coast of Gran Canaria

Under the influence of the so-called “Canary Current”, which branches from the Gulf Stream, the archipelago enjoys a milder climate than could originally be expected from its geographical position. This current combined with the effect of the trade winds contributes to experience a selection of weather conditions, in a short period of time: quiet leeward coastal areas in the south, a windward coastline with big waves in the north and exciting areas with extreme winds known as the Wind Acceleration Zones (WAZ). Gran Canaria is therefore an ideal place to practice and enjoy any kind of water sport.

When sailing along the coast of Gran Canaria, it is important to know and consider some of its main characteristics such as the almost circular shape of the island, in addition to the trade winds and the mountainous orography in the centre of the island, where the highest point of the island reaches a height of 1,950 meters above sea level (Pico de Las Nieves).

The island’s peculiar orography creates a wind acceleration effect (WAZ) in the Easternmost and Westernmost points, of between 10 and 20 knots which, added to the general circulation of the trade winds of 15 to 20 knots, creates gusts of wind that can reach up to 30 knots, and provides a fun and exciting opportunity to enjoy sailing. This phenomenon must be taken into account when sailing along the different coasts of Gran Canaria, in particular when reaching the area of Punta de Arinaga (on the Eastern side of the island) and Punta del Descojonado (on the Western side), where winds tend to be stronger.

When sailing along the coast of Gran Canaria, it is important to know and consider some of its main characteristics, such as the almost circular shape of the island, in addition to the trade winds and the mountainous orography in the centre of the island, where the highest point of the island reaches a height of 1,950 meters above sea level (Pico de Las Nieves).

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