Blonde Moment - Azores to Lagos Blonde Moment
Well our Azores cruise definitely saved the best till last!
Horta was a safe haven where we caught up on sleep and made repairs.
The tour of the volcano crater was disappointing because all we saw was cloud.
Terceira had potential with a beautiful garden in the Unesco World Heritage city (David Austin roses). We took a taxi to a sulphur crater which was interesting and caught glimpses of volcanic peaks through cloud. BUT our mooring on the sea wall was uncomfortable with the swell coming round the corner and we were all glad to leave.
Ponta Delgada was calm in contrast and we had a wonderful tour of pineapple estate, green craters, lakes and pastoral scenes.
However, Santa Maria, our final stopover is a little gem. We hired a car and saw such contrasts in landscapes for such a small island.
White sandy beaches with rollers pounding the sand; pretty seaside villages with vines growing on steep terraced slopes. The volcanic hilltops are forested and the climb to Pico Alto was well worth the effort with a view of the whole island. One end is brown and flat then there is a small red sand desert and then the green volcanic are.
Saturday 9th June
Great start with light winds. We think we were fifth across the line and enjoyed the sail along the island looking out for the places we visited yesterday. At the end of the island we were fully exposed to the northerly wind and our speeds increased right through to the early hours of this morning when we ended up motoring for a few hours before the code zero was deployed and we are currently enjoyed 6-7 knots with the sun shining. Cold overnight and had some rain. Otherwise all good on BM