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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sail Sao Miguel Ponta Delgada to Porto Santo 9 to 13 July 2010

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At 2000 hrs the 8 sailing yachts of the Rally Arquipelagos left Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel for the 546 nmile trip to Porto Santo close to Madeira.

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S/V Oasis

The wind was a pleasant SW 3 to 4 enabling us to reach in smooth seas at around 5 kts SOG.

S/V Acor

However the wind gradually became more and more fickle as predicted on the Grib files and we ended up motoring 68 hours of the 93 hour trip.

S/V Trilemus

However, on the positive side, the seas were very calm the whole trip and we read books and watched DVD movies on our watches.

SV Desafinado

The AIS once again proved invaluable, alerting us to several ships passing close to our track.

Several pods of dolphins played in front of our bow.

First sight of Porto Santo

At 1630 hours 13 July we safely moored in the marina of Porto Santo, helped by the friendly marina staff.

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