+++++Land, ho!+++++Land, ho!+++++ Land, ho!+++++
We have 32nm to go but the island of Santa Maria is already clearly visible on the horizon. The weather is back to expectation – sugar sailing conditions. 15kn wind from NNE quadrant with a 1m wind wave under 4/8 blue sky. As I have taken the reef in the foresail out, we are pushing ahead for arrival late afternoon in Vila do Porto, the one and only marina on this smaller island of the widely spread archipelago.
The routing strategy overall worked well with the only exception, that the wind was within some stretches significant higher than predicted. Not the first time but the first time up to this extend. BUT, they – the weather makers – rather get the wind direction right and cheat a bit on the speed than the other way round. I think for us sailors is the accuracy of the wind direction more important than the accuracy of the wind speed. Open for discussion.
The first two days on this passage from Madeira to Azores were hard. I have observed before, that it takes initially some time to get body and boat in line. More rest, less food, ultra slow movements, just be there, save energy as and when needed. The last two and a half days of this 4 days passage I could move around without constraints, had good appetite and was able to enjoy the ocean environment more. I believe this is a pattern which stays after the initial acclimatisation while starting a longer passage.
Thanks for your accompany of our passage from Canary Islands to Azores with two(!) stop-overs at Funchal/Madeira. I hope you enjoyed it, even with some distance. Feel free to leave a comment under any of the blog posts and my answer on the same will be guaranteed. It will be nice reading these comments – years after this Boating & Biking Adventures are over – to recall, who joined us mentally, if not physically, and we shared a moment.
I will start to prepare the lady for the marina now knowing that Petra & Jan from SY Sutje together with Rony from SY Blue Aligator are expecting us to come in shortly.