Angie & I recently spent a week in Lanzarote. The weather was not as good as it could have been and we had periods of strong winds on most days. Puerto de Orzola is a beautiful little harbour but on the day we visited, the entrance could only be described as treacherous. I have tried to portray it on this short, 90 second video.
Here is a comment from a friend of mine who has sailed from Lanzarote numerous times :
“The prevailing wind for Lanzarote comes down from the north east. Generally the harbours and marinas on the island, with the exception of Playa Blanca, are built to provide protection from that. When the wind changes to come from the south, and especially when it is a strong wind, then all those harbours are exposed to that wind and become dangerous to enter or leave. Playa Blanca is different. It is on the south coast so it has a harbour wall that wraps round from the east to the south. It is also protected from the north and west by cliffs and old volcanoes. A couple of years ago I was sailing around the island when a Force 8 came up from the south. There is not enough sea room between Lanzarote and Fuertaventura to ride it out so Marina Rubicon was where we ran to and watched the waves breaking right over the harbour wall for 2 days.”