After cruising the islands of the Azores the ARC Europe fleet divides into two groups. Leg 3A Group are sailing almost due East the 830NM to Lagos on mainland Portugal whilst Leg 3B Group are sailing north east back to ports across the UK and Northern Europe, a leg of approximately 1200NM.
Light winds at the start today in Ponta Delgada did not allow us to see any coloured sails up, but everyone left in good spirits and were very cheerful over the VHF.
The light winds at the start should continue for next 48 hours but by the 12th winds and seas are forecast to be favourable for those sailing towards Lagos.
The official finish for ARC Europe continues to be at the Marina de Lagos where they are ready to welcome not only the ARC Europe yachts but also those of Rally Portugal who are due to arrive at the end of the month.
Marina de Lagos is a first class marina. Once yachts have checked in the footbridge across the channel is opened and this will be a real sense of a welcome finish to the long passage across the North Atlantic. Inside the marina the ARC Europe yachts are berthed together on the same pontoon close by to the many restaurants, cafes and bars. They also have access to the swimming pool and spa and the historic town of Lagos is only a short walk away.