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Santa Maria before breakfast!

25 June 2010 | Santa Maria, Azores
After a four-day sail from Porto Santo, we arrived here this morning at 7.30 British Summer Time, which is the same as elsewhere in Portugal, but at 6.30 am Azores time. We are 25 degrees west of Greenwich, so dawn kicks in here at the moment around 6.30 am BST, much later than at home in Ardfern!

Waiting for us to take our lines and provide us with a rousing breakfast of bacon and mushroom butties and copious amounts of tea and coffee, were Susan and Andrew of Andromeda, who had preceded us two days before. We took with us our bottle of Glenlivet, the closest the Porto Santo duty free could get to Talisker, ie not close at all, and we had a small dram with Andrew to celebrate our safe arrival in this lovely archipelago. And the sun shone, and is still shining!

Our journey was conducted entirely on a starboard tack, reacting to NNE and NNW winds ranging from 1 to 4 on the Beaufort scale. So the engine was used, in moderation, to help us along and to recharge batteries driving the boat's electronics. Our best day's run from midnight to midnight was 149 nautical miles! An average of over 6 knots!

There were not many seabirds to be seen, only a few Cory's Shearwaters and Bulwers' Petrels. But on our last 24 hours of the journey we notched up a huge pod of dolphins (not sure what variety, Ju will advise me), two turtles swimming past the boat, and this morning a sperm whale, swimming calmly along on the surface not far off the south coast of this island, blowing its breath before it in highly visible puffs of vapour, and showing its dorsal fin just breaking the surface. We watched it for about ten minutes, while also tying on the fenders and ropes to the boat for the imminent docking in the marina.

There were also few ships, but those that did appear kept their dramatic entrances until darkness had fallen! Sue's Sea-Me Radar Reflector kept bursting into life with its little red light, indicating that we were being picked up on somebody else's radar. This was not always followed by the sighting of a ship, yet conversely a ship appeared on one occasion without the flashing light being triggered. So the Sea-Me became known as the Phantom Flasher, sending us scurrying on deck and panning carefully round the 360 degrees of horizon to try and spot a vessel!

What we did not see were any other yachts. And now that we are in a marina, there are not many here either. The Azores marinas have been heavily invested in in recent years, apparently, and the Azoreans are now waiting patiently for the yachting fraternity to turn up in their droves and contribute to the local economy. And why not? But in a recession......

After breakfast this morning we cleaned the boat, dug out our washing, and collapsed in a heap to catch up on our sleep. Watch-keeping disrupts normal sleeping patterns, and we are staying here a few days, so we will be able to sort that out before moving on. Keep this page bookmarked! I'll add a picture later.
Vessel Name: Reg
Vessel Make/Model: Toyota Hiace Regius
Hailing Port: Ardfern, Argyll, UK
Crew: Liz MacInally, Ju Randall, Bagshaw, Jack
About: Liz and Ju are co-driver/navigators, and Bagshaw is our mascot. Jack is our miniature schnauzer.
We sailed the west coast, round the islands and over the Minch to the Outer Hebrides, weather permitting. From 2008 to 2010 we rented out the house, moved aboard, and sailed south to the Algarve. IN 2011 we sailed the west coast and north as far as Orkney. In 2012 we sailed local waters. In [...]
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Who: Liz MacInally, Ju Randall, Bagshaw, Jack
Port: Ardfern, Argyll, UK