At 0600 hrs left Vila Do Porto just after our friends Paul and Maura on Noble Warrior. Had a great fast reach with 1 reef in main in an ENE 4 to 5 Bft making 6.5 to 8 knots SOG. 9 hours later we were once more moored in Ponta Delgada Marina on Sao Miguel.
There we heard of two dismastings - the Irish S/V Periwinkle, a 26 foot timber yacht with a junk rig was dismasted 500 miles north of Sao Miguel on route to Ireland and the Argentinian S/V Limay, a 53 foot Mason some 300 miles NE of Sao Miguel en route to Lisbon. After disconnecting the stays, Luis and Teresa of S/V Limay managed to free themselves of mast, boom and sails and had to motor back to Ponta Delgada, arriving safely but shocked yesterday.
We are having a social time here meeting up with several boats we have met before and had a suberb evening with Manuel and Leticia in their lovely home last night. Spent yesterday replacing the Yankee for our large Genoa ready for the light winds expected on our trip to Madeira and replacing the up/down motor mechanisms on our bow thruster. Tomorrow all being well we set off at 2000 hrs with 7 other boats for the 500 nMile trip to Porto da Santo just north of Madeira on the informal rally organised by Manuel and his friends.