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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sail Sao Jorge to Terceira etc., Azores 17 + June 2010

At 0630 hrs 17 June we left Velas, Sao Jorge and after motoring the 20 miles to the

eastern end of the island, the wind picked up to a SE 4 BFt we we had an excellent reach the next 30 miles to Angra do Heroisme on the island of Terceira.

There we moored in the marina close to S/V Aleria (big surge in the marina - need plenty of fenders).

The marina is integrated into the very picturesque old city of Angra which was built in the 16th century which is a joy to wander around its cobbled streets lined by fine houses, churches and palaces.

Here we met up with our friends David and Sarit of S/V Windmiller and their friend Nadav.

The next day we rented a car together and toured the island ,

spending a couple of hours

walking through Welsh-like bogs in the western Caldeira to find the Black Lake.

The week long fiera de Sao Joao (festival) started on the evening of the 19 June with a prosession of bands, floats and dancers under illuminated arches over redcarpetted streets through the old city - very picturesque.

The symbol of the fiera was a bejewelled butterfly

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