After a lovely stay on Flores we sailed 130M SSE to Horta, the port of Faial in the central group of the Azores. One of the traditions for yachts anchored or moored in the harbour of Horta is to paint a small plaque on the sea wall.
Daisy took charge on our behalf and here’s what she came up with.
Horta is dominated by the 2400m peak of neighbouring island Pico’s volcano which looms over us, sometimes lost in cloud but always reappearing huge and imposing.
In a maths lesson we estimated that from the top of Pico the horizon would be 100M away and you’d be surveying over 30,000 square miles of sea, more than the area of the island of Ireland- as well as all the islands in the central group – in the most unlikely event of the atmosphere being clear enough to see 100M!
We’ve been walking a lot around the many calderas (old volcano cones) on Faial, here we are on a small one near the port.
We thought its inside would make a good anchorage in settled weather.
But the swell breaking on the outside was a bit scary!
We also went for a big walk on Saturday, here’s a clip of Faial’s main caldera at the top of the island – it’s only about 1000m high so a tiddler compared to Pico but big enough to be a 7km walk round the rim.
Today we’re all hard at work boat cleaning, polishing the bright work. More soon, Dora & Daddy