Our time on Faial has come to an end and we are moving on to Sao Jorge, only about 20nm away from Horta. Faial has been another outstanding island that we enjoyed visiting.
With the marina, Horta clearly has decent base for the boating community. Check-in and -out is easy with Harbor Master, Customs, Immigration etc all under one roof, using the same forms etc. (Flores is not an official port of entry. It is accepted to visit the island on the way to Faial and requires a basic check-in procedure. However, the formal entry to Portugal takes place in Horta, or other formal ports of entry). The marina has clean (and warm) showers, laundry, fuel and basic wifi. Mid-Atlantic Yacht Services (MAYS) provides repair services, runs a chandlery etc. Ralf, the local sailmaker, is very helpful…
The view across the canal to Pico is stunning. Great restaurants and bars are in easy reach. The beach is just 5 min down the street.
While the famous bar, Peter’s cafe Sport, was smaller and a little quieter than we thought, it was filled with ocean sailors and had a great vibe (and of course gin tonics and life music). The Nahant Dory Club burgee found a good spot right next to the entrance.
The supermarket is just a few minutes up the street and has a vary large selection. Decent wifi can be found in nearby cafes and hotels.
Activities included horse-riding, visiting the caldeira (the highest point on Faial) as well the western end of the island, Capelinhos, where a large new section was created by a vulcano eruoption not too long ago (1957/8). Amazing to see the lower level of the lighthouse covered by lava and only the top section of the window frames showing.
While we left our mural on Flores already, we left another one in Horta. Dan, Peter and Ulf spent a fair bit of time designing and painting it on the wall of the northern marina, a prime location and not far from well known boats, such as Endeavor etc.
Fixing bits and pieces on the boat continued.
We did not receive the spare parts of the hydro-generator, but believe that one of the connectors might have caused the problem. While we broke the soldering iron with 220V, we hope that a generous epoxy filling of the plug compensates for the worn out screw (we’ll test that on the way to Sao Jorge). After the v-berth hatch still leaked we used zip-lock bags and transparent tape for now. The windvane was taken apart again and confirmed to be working. New, lighter vanes are being built by Peter in Nahant. To stop the cans from opening the shutters, he is also building a couple of wodden cross-bars we will install in Terceira. The new genoa halyard, drone case, rotor guards and lens covers (As well as Philips wallet) will make it to Terceira next week as well. Hopefully, we get the roller furler cage to stay on longer this time.
And, of course a major highlight for us, Lauren and Nick managed to complete their PADI Open Water Diver certification! They had completed the pool section and theory in MA already and now added their 4 ocean dives. We’ll see where we find a good scuba location for the entire family…