Shango 2017-

Position Reports


Latitude Longitude Date / Time (UTC) Depth (m) Speed (kts) Course (°T) Comment
38° 31.835' N 28° 37.528' W 11 Jun 2019 14:33 None None None Arrived in Horta around 8am. Great sail all day yesterday but wind backed too much to the east around 7pm forcing us to motor all night. Horta and Pico, like Flores, are also picturesque islands from the sea. The marina is definitely a cruising hub with boats coming and going from all over the world. Arriving at the check in dock we were rafted 3 abreast in the second of two groups also waiting to clear in. Neat to see all the signature boat paintings adorning every square inch of concrete surface on walls, docks, and pilings. We'll add ours shortly.Amy's sister gave us four designs to choose from. Need to buy some paint first. As soon as we were docked, a fellow came buy asking if we needed any services. I mentioned pop rivetting for our whisker pole. Two hours later I was back at the dock with a repaired pole. It's now time to relax and enjoy our surroundings.
39° 22.77' N 31° 10.06' W 09 Jun 2019 09:30 None None None We arrived in Flores around noon. What a beautiful island and what a beautiful landfall. Sort of a miniature blend of Reunion in the Indian Ocean and Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas.Very green. volcanic and mountainous. The hillsides are scattered with houses all with orange tiled roofs. Everything is picturesque and spotless. The very small marina had inside slips available but access to them would have been very, very challenging. We are anchored outside the marina  behind a huge breakwater. Unfortunately, the weather forecast beginning Tuesday is calling for east and southeast winds for at least five days....the direction we need to go to reach Horta. So, we have taken a walk and made reservations for dinner ashore at the recommended and only restaurant and will be off tomorrow first thing for Horta. It is a shame since the island is very inviting and it would be great to do some exploring, but we would really limit our overall Azores time if we spent a week or so here. Overall a very pleasant passage. Roughly 8 days of sailing and 5 days of motoring, about what we expected when we left Bermuda. Always good to have a safe passage.
39° 16.06' N 33° 43.24' W 08 Jun 2019 09:30 None None None We continue to motor with the help of the genoa. Slow steady progress. Dry but overcast the last 24 hours. Many dolphins but still no whales, although I saw a whale spout in the distance yesterday afternoon. Tomorrow morning/mid day arrival still looking good. Exact time will depend upon the current. We are all looking forward to our last night on passage and hoping that the Flores anchorage will be less rolly. Rumor has it that the last dinner will be pasta carbonarra (sp?). Yesterday's distance 133 miles. 120 miles to go to Flores. All is well aboard
39° 5.98' N 36° 35.32' W 07 Jun 2019 09:30 None None None The usual blue sky day is with us as was a starry night. 5--9 knots dead means that motoring is still our means of propulsion. Fuel worries are definitely gone however. We thought about raising our speed but looking at the potential arrival time in Flores, if we did accelerate, we would be arriving before sunrise. So, we continue to slowly motor ahead at 5.5+ knots. The other good news is that the extra available fuel might allow us to wait to re-fuel until Horta where the facilities are better than Flores. We have moved our clocks ahead 4 hours from NBPT, the same as Flores time. This time change means that  Amy has now inherited the sunset and sunrise on her evening and morning watches. Jon is missing these two events on his shifts but is making the best of it. Just finished Ben Bradlee's memoirs which I really enjoyed. Jon is reading Beth Leonard's circumnavigation story while Amy is reading travelogues for the Balkans, a potential spot for next Spring's land travels. Then three of us continue to co-exist well in our small quarters. Yesterday's distance 138 miles All is well aboard
38° 55.4' N 39° 28.7' W 06 Jun 2019 09:30 None None None Yesterday's clouds gave way to a beautiful starry night which has transitioned to a cloudless blue sky day. We sailed most of yesterday on a very pleasant close reach with 13 knots apparent. Happily,another day of fuel conservation. Unfortunately we had to begin motor sailing again today after breakfast. Good news on the fuel front however. Jon was in the fuel business and was not at all impressed by my technique for measuring the fuel available in our main tank. As he says he has been poking fuel tanks all his life and wanted to check my results. This morning he did and found that I understated the actual fuel available. So, as a result, we now are more confident that we can motor all the way to Flores if the wind continues to be uncooperative. For the last three days, we have been sailing/motoring in close proximity to a French catamaran that we anchored behind in St. George"s. Our AIS has shown them usually 5-10 miles abeam of us. This morning we saw their sail on the horizon for the first time. Doesn't take much to provide excitement on a long passage. A stay in Flores is looking possible. This western most island of the Azores has an open roadstead anchorage which is unsafe or at least very uncomfortable in any easterly wind. The wind forecast for our arrival looks like there will be westerly and southerly winds which will allow us to visit what is supposed to be one of the most beautiful islands of the group. Good news. Yesterday's distance 133 miles All is well aboard


Vessel Particulars

Name: Shango 2017-

Length: 12.3

Draft: 1.6