We have nicely moored at the northern basin outer mole of the marina for the last two weeks, three boats in a pack, we are in the middle. Pleasant, well protected, quite and without any swell. Just perfect!

Every time I stepp off the boat I have to pass the logo painting from SY Piccolina, one of the hundreds here in Horta. It is just next to our cockpit. It were Steffi and Rolf, sailing this HR42 in mint conditions, who inspired me at the time we met in Póvoa de Varzim to sail Azores in summer 2022. The start!

Well, during that summer 2022 in Azores, we decided to return via Cabo Verde and Carribean but this time approaching Azores from the West. Here we are!

Horta & Faial were new to me. Crossing the ocean from West, Horta remains the #1 arrival port, no doubt. All sailors arriving here are relieved and relaxed and have to share stories. That makes it unique and very special. Nice vibe!

I am very positively surprised about the diversity of nature Faial offers. Unfortunately I missed a few spots, so have to return. We make a plan! 😂

For the time being we move over to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, where Susan will arrive shortly!👍

Fair winds…