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Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 Sail Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel to Praia da Vitoria, Terceira

Left Ponta Delgada at 1400hrs Saturday 17 June 2017  for the 90 NMile trip to Praia da Vitoria on Terceira

at more or less the same time as Stefan and Anna on S/V Zanzibar
Dutch Link as seen from Zanzibar off the Sao Miguel coast sailing with
full rig in an ENE3/4 Bft wind
Sea calm enough to play Rummycube
Beautiful sunset
and lovely sunrise

Anchored in 9m in the sheltered Praia da Vitoria bay at 0815 after a very 
pleasant sail / motor in light winds, calm seas
S/V Zanzibar anchored a few 100m away

Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 Hike PRC20SMI Rocha do Relva

16 June 2017, Mike took a taxi from Ponta Delgada Marina to Mirador do Caminho Novo (€8 ), then hiked the PRC20SMI route to Rocha do Cascalho then Rocha do Relva.

There was a person sitting at the Miradouro employed by the whale watching boat companies whose job was to direct their boats to the areas where whales could be seen. She was equiped with powerful binocculars and a VHF radio.

Looking back at the town of Relva

Looking from the Miradoura towards the start of the PRC 20 SMI Hike

The route - Viewranger map
Looking along the beautiful coast towards Rocha da Relva

The split in the trail - turned left here to visit the Rocha do Cascalho

There was even a public toilet behind the picnic area - Rocha do Cascalho

Back on the trail towards Rocha da Relva

Rocha da Relva comes into view

Local transport

The first cottages of Rocha da Relva

Small vineyards

Transport resting

Returning via the same route

Phoned the taxi to collect me from the Miradoura do Cominho Novo - a very enjoyable hike.

Rocha da Relva from the sea - photo taken 18/7/2017 as we approached Ponta Delgada on our return from Horta.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Sail Vila do Porto, Santa Maria to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores

Left our mooring in Vila do Porto on Santa Maria at 0700 hrs 14/06/2017
And headed round the SWestern tip of Santa Maria on a NNWerly course 
to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, some 50 NMiles away. 
Our friends Stefan and Anna on S/V Zanzibar and Theo & Michelle on 
S/V Faja Lobi left at more or less the same time. 
The wind was a very pleasant SW 4 giving us a delightful beam reach. 
A pod of dolphins played alongside for a while. 
By 1500hrs, Sao Miguel came into view.  
Moored in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel in box 10 around 
1600hrs 14/6/2017 - total distance 56.5 NMiles in 9 hrs