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Azores Awaits the ARC Europe 2024 Fleet

Right in the heart of the Atlantic lies the Azores islands. This archipelago was originally discovered and settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century and remains an autonomous region of Portugal to this day. There are nine major Azorean islands and eight smaller islets extending for more than 600 km (373 mi). Mainly made up of volcanic origins, throughout the centuries, the Azores played a strategic role as a stopover point for ships traveling between Europe and the New World.

Today, the Azores Islands are known for their stunning natural beauty, unique ecosystems, and vibrant culture. The islands have evolved into a popular destination for eco-tourism, outdoor activities, and sustainable travel, attracting visitors from around the world.

Three of the islands will become home to ARC Europe 2024 over the next couple of weeks. Making initial landfall on the island of Faial, Marina da Horta provides an excellent shelter against winds from all directions. Horta is a small town, full of sailor spirit and maritime legends so ARC Europe crews are sure to feel right at home! Additionally, the more well-known island of Picco can be seen across from the marina. Catching an early ferry from Horta allows a day visit to the island and for the more energetic, a walk to the top of the volcano.

A programme has been arranged for the incoming fleet to include an evening at the famous Peter’s Bar (more on this later), a half-day tour of the island kindly organised by the tourist office VISITAZORES and a crew supper at local restaurant, Canto da Doca. Following a rest and explore in Horta, the fleet have the opportunity to visit the island of Terceira where the yellow shirt team will offer support and a smaller programme awaits. The third and final destination, Ponta Delgada on São Miguel, will be where the prizegiving dinner takes place prior to the fleet’s departure for mainland Portugal or northern Europe on 14 June.


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