Checking out the Horta
20 May 2019
Walking around town. It’s great to get some mileage in. 10,000 steps yesterday.
Today we are eating lunch in town and going to grab s taxi to check our the rest of the island.
Welcome to the Azores
19 May 2019 | Horta
We finally made it here after 12 days at sea, covering nearly 3000 miles and several time zones.
We all need some time on shore to get our land legs back.
Checking into the port authority and then we will go anchor the boat and get back to check out the island.
It's been a custom for visitors to paint the dock with something about your boat. This tradition has bey going on for centuries.
Blasting into Horta
19 May 2019
We are 85 miles from Horta doing 13-16 knots with a reefed main and jib. Wind is 18-22 knots with 80 degrees apparent. Trying to slow the boat down so we have daylight as we get into port.
its been quite an adventure so far. Looking forward to checking out the islands!
19 May 2019
From Rob (via Will):
20May19 - Rob just called - It’s 1130 am Horta time and the Coast
Guard was coming out to meet boat - they are all excited and and
getting on well.
Final Run, Part 2
18 May 2019
We are 190 miles from Horta and 60 miles from the northernmost island in the Azores called North Island. The winds built up 18-20 knots and we were flying with the spinnaker up making 13-15 knots. At this rate we will be in Horta before dawn. So the chute came down and the jib out. We were still making 12+ knots. Still too fast for a daylight arrival. So we bore off 15 degrees to slow the boat down and pass closer to North Island. We should be there around six and then head up to make Horta in the morning.
During the high speed spinnaker run Greg started a project to fabricate a chafe guard shackle for the tack on the spinnaker. The back deck was converted to a make shift machine shop. He cut out a 3in diameter sheave out of 1in thick UHMWPE and used the vice in a drill to act as a lathe and a tool grinder to shape the sheave. Often we could se the wind had been building and the speedometer topping 15 knots...the project was a success!
18 May 2019
We are 275 miles from Horta. The spinnaker has earned its keep. Not sure how much time the sail saved us but it's been the workhorse for most of the last 6 days and likely the next 24 hours. Seas are 3-4 feet wind is 11-14 knots with boat speed 9.5-11 at 90 degrees apparent..
We are very excited to be arriving with ideal conditions during the last week. Especially since it looks like we we will arrive in the morning with good visibility, always a plus when entering an unfamiliar port!
We provisioned well only running low on eggs and bread. Plenty of fuel and water remaining..