Såo Jorge

One of the largest islands of the Azores is Såo Miguel. A long stretch island where I am moored in the small and tranquil marina of Velas. I sailed up with the Chimera2 and enjoyed good company.

 

Såo Jorge is a very green exotic island where we had a car ride to visit several places. Where most of its coast have cliffs, some parts on the north side have very low lying areas which some houses and little lakes. We had a nice lunch among the people who lived there.

Even though the marina is small, there are enough people for a good pontoon drink in the afternoon and meeting up with people I have met earlier during my trip, even back to last year. I even met an old racing friend from the 200 miles solo race in The Netherlands, being held each year end of September on the IJsselmeer and coast around Holland. Often with more than 80 competitors.

Right now I am wrestling with WeVideo and YouTube. Suddenly I can not upload to YouTube anymore and lost all my videos stored with WeVideo. Sometimes I wonder how ordinary people can keep track to all the digitization of our world, while me, not completely illiterate in computer science also get lost. Also my outgoing server has been hacked again, last time several times on Cape Verde, now here in the Azores. Hackers used the server for spam. Luckely my provider blocked my server until I had new passwords all over the place. Time for a password manager probably, but with what do you trust a password manager. Surely not the entrance to your bank account!

Next week Friday my friend Erik will join me for crossing the ocean to the Scillies Islands. A 1200 mile sail which can take between 8 to 10 days without extraordinary events happening. Like no wind for more time than I can store diesel. The Azores high is large and little wind can be found on the shortest track. Another challenge is Horta. You have to been there, particular when cruising in the Azores. However, the popularity is such that the marina is deflecting hopeful cruisers due to lack of space in their otherwise largest marina in the Azores. It is hopeless busy. We will see.

Terceira

After my wife left, I sailed for Terceira together with another friendly Dutch yacht. The trip was about 90 miles so we decided to leave in the afternoon to arrive in daylight next day. It was beating once again but our landfall on Angra Do Heroismo was more that worth it.

Angra Do Heroismo stand for heroic bay. Not only was this the best bay to anchor, it was also best defended in the early days against pirates or foreign adversaries. Partly shielded by mount Brazil, full of forts for protection, Angra Do Heroismo was kept save and became very prosperous.

The small but well kept marina is situated at the foot of the centre. A beach nearby, artificially constructed with sand not from the Azores, made sure I enjoyed my daily bath.

San Miguel

Two weeks I have enjoyed the company of my wife on the island San Miguel. We had a great time in Ponta Delgada with Fado music, good food and many hikes.

Ponta Delgada is a nice city with many historic buildings. Small streets with decorative pavements and many nice restaurants. What we not good find was a good bakery for bread. Perhaps a good business proposition?

The marina is very open and spacious hence a lively birth now and then.

 

An impression I like to give you of a hike Vanessa and I did to the Devils window. The hike took us through tunnels, up and down ladders and from rolling green country hills to unexpected jungle like forest all the way to the Devils window.

San Miguel as the other islands have a volcanic origin, but at San Miguel quite vividly apparent. Two hikes brought us I area’s where the volcanic origin was very much present. Just see the short impression.