And in the middle of the nigh "la calima" came. La calima is strong wind from Africa, that carries a lot of Sahara sand with it, but also warm air and big waves. The marina in La Palma is unfortunately built in a wrong place and swell manages to get in even when the waves are not very big. They even built an anti-swell door (kind of lock over the entrance) to diminish the swell and really makes situation better, but not good. At almost no time the boats are very still in marina, there's always some movement. When we arrived on Saturday evening the situation was not too bad. We still used plenty of lines to all directions to secure the boat, luckily we had the entire double berth with a finger to each side all to ourself. But waves got much bigger in the night, from some 1,5 m to 2 m when we arrived, to 5m towards the morning. It was horrible, sleeping was almost impossible, because the boat was moving and jumping and jerking on lines violently. We weren't at all worried by 35 knots of wind, it was the movement that was our most concern. Captain almost didn't get any sleep, he was checking on lines and worrying that any of them might snap. In the morning he was in really bad mood, so much so that he wanted us to leave the marina immediately, even when out at sea it was still mayhem - big waves, strong wind and almost no visibility. Luckily our neighbours convinced him that it will get better soon, already the next night. I somehow managed to sleep a bit better and was not really willing to get out of the marina, that seemed less terrible than the sea out there.
After couple of cups of coffee and a breakfast we went into town of Santa Cruz. First we checked the state of the sea on the beach. It was already a little bit better than in the night.