Terra Firma

At about 4am local time, the Tioga tied up to the piers at Lajes, on the island of Flores. After a final dash under winds of 15 to 18 knots we were unable to spot land in the daylight hours. With the following seas, our Captain was at the helm of his 44 foot surfboard, as we quickly ate up the distance to port. It was pure happenstance that Ulf caught the flash of light from the lighthouse on the Northern end of Flores. Once the Captain confirmed the siting, Peter belted out “Land Ho”! We brought out a little celebratory rum and toasted a fantastic journey with each crew member recounting their best and worst moment and lessons learned. While all the best and worst comments were different, they aligned on the best, being out on the open ocean or sailing, the worst, dealing with the major storm, and lessons learned were trusting the boat and our fine captain. And how proud we are of Nick and LoLo, being the 2 well behaved and well rounded teenagers on this trip. Our first steps on land, were with a little wobble, and while checking in with port authorities, theHarbor Master commented that the room wasn’t moving, we were.
We’ve now cleaned up the boat and are having a snack, reading some of the comments on the blog. It sounds like you enjoyed reading the blogs as much as we enjoyed writing them. The blog writing has been a group effort and generally was our after dinner quality time.
Thanks for following us on the blog, we will continue to post as Tioga continues on her Atlantic Tour.