Falkor 2020 – Season 1 Recap

After 5 years on the hard, SV Falkor finally made it back into the water. We spent a little over 3 months refitting the 1977 Trintella IV in Portimao, Portugal. We lived on the boat in the port and become a part of the local cruiser community. With many “until next times” and “fair winds,” Project Falkor began to head south for Africa.



Agadir, Morocco became the first stop after high waves closed Rabat and Casablanca. Time spent exploring the amazing mountains and friendly Berber culture passed quickly and it was time to head out to sea again.



Season 1 ended in the Canary Islands. After exploring the varied ecology and distinct towns across Lanzarote, we headed out to sea once again. Wind and waves forced us to return to the islands, but not before the world closed for Corona. Quarantined off of La Gomera for over 70 days, before making port in Tenerife was both a blessing and a curse.



Finally, a week in Tenerife was spent getting Falkor ready for a slumber and finding flights back to the US.

Season’s End

It’s a little bittersweet… Season 1 of “Project Falkor” has come to a close. However, seeing her safe and sound on land is a huge relief. Time to head back to the US and gear up for the next season. A special thanks to everyone who helped make this possible and all the great friends I’ve made along the way. I hope to see you all again.

Please, stay tuned. There is a rumor that next season will be Falkor’s first transatlantic.

La Gomera

As the saying goes: Any port in a storm.

After a couple of rough days and nights at sea, we tried to enter the port at San Sebastian. No dice. The world had closed. Needing to find a place to make some repairs and wait for the ports to open back up, we found ourselves sheltered in a small cove. On an often overlooked island, SV FALKOR and four other sailboats are waiting for the quarantine to lift.

Welcome to La Gomera.

Hopefully, the port opens soon and let’s us in. In the meantime, this isn’t a bad place to be stuck.

Leaving Lanzarote

Falkor is ready to fly, again.

Lanzarote is closed, but we have permission to leave. With so many countries closing borders for the next two weeks, the decision has been made to spend the next three weeks crossing the Atlantic. Next stop, any Caribbean island that will take us.

As the old sailors said, “Sail south until the butter melts then turn right… you can’t miss the Americas.”

Water Garden

César Manrique’s Jamas de Agua.

Cactus Garden

Cesar Manrique’s Jardín de Cactus.

This was to be his final work. The Jardín de Cactus was completed in 1991 and is the culmination of his career. Once again combining nature and architecture in his typical style, he created an amazing nature park from an abandoned rock quarry.



It has around 4,500 specimens of 450 different species, of 13 different families of cactus and succulents from 5 continents.



Unique mosaics combine art and signage for the restrooms. Every detail designed.



Finally, a restored windmill overlooks the garden.


Lanzarote Coast

Where the surface of Mars meets the ocean.

Volcanic activity has shaped every aspect of landscape. Chemical pools, extinct lava tubes and craters are visible in every corner of the desolate island. Continual change is the only constant on the archapelago.

Deep Blue Water, Crisp White Foam Painted Sand.

Secret Bar

Sometimes, the secret bar is inside a volcano.

Another creation of Cesar Manrique. Nature and architecture blended in the style he developed.

Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

Castillo de San Gabriel

Originally built in 1574, the Castillo de San Gabriel defended Arrecife Harbour for only a few years before being destroyed by the Algerian Pirate Morato Arraez in 1586.

The castle was rebuilt in 1599 and was used for military purposes through the 1950s. Currently, it houses the Archaeological Museum.