Shango 2017-

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Latitude Longitude Date / Time (UTC) Depth (m) Speed (kts) Course (°T) Comment
38° 39.106' N 27° 13.181' W 23 Jun 2019 18:07 None None None Angra, Terceira. We really enjoyed Horta and Faial. Its sailing history, the island and its volcanos, the town and its restaurants, the architecture, and the friendly people made for a great stay. Today's sail to Terceira took us between Pico and Sao Jorge and the landscapes were stunning. Volcanic peaks with green pasture lands flowing down to the occasional small village at the shore. Most of the shore line was lined by steep rocky cliffs. Wish we could have visited Sao Jorge. If time permits maybe we'll ferry there from Angra. The Azores have been a pleasant surprise.
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

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Vessel Particulars

Name: Shango 2017-

Length: 12.3

Draft: 1.6