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Acores to Portugal

We had planned to sail to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago that makes up the Azores. The day before we plan to sail there, we learn that they have many new cases of covid-19 and we choose to skip visiting the island. Instead, we decide to sail directly to Lagos in Portugal.

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The Azores

We arrived in Horta on the island of Faial early a Monday morning before the port office had opened. The night staff at the port asked us to anchor on the port and wait for the office to open at 8 o’clock for instructions on PCR testing. They want to know the boat’s name and how many people we are on board. We will wait to be picked up for…

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Antigua to the Acores, part 2

We have come halfway and have just entered the low pressure belt north of the Azores high pressure. Soon there will be a low pressure that will take us the rest of the way to Horta in the Azores. Join the fast-paced continuation of our Atlantic sailing to Europe. If you missed the first part, you can read about it in the previous blog.

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Antigua to the Acores, part 1

Carina and I started from Jolly Harbor in Antigua on Saturday morning, May 1st, 2021, and arrived in Horta on the island of Faial in the Azores on Monday morning, May 17th. We had hired Chris Tibbs to get advice on how to deal with the weather while sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Position and time at sea

Most people probably know that it is important to know where you are and what time it is where you are or where you are going for long-distance sailing. However, not everyone is thinking about the fact that there are several ways to indicate a position on earth or to indicate the time. Different maps can be based on different position systems and be produced with different so-called projections (how…

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Inflatable life jackets and MOB1

We have had our inflatable life jackets for 3 seasons now and even though they still show green on both functions, I want to repack them and check that everything is OK. We have never tried to jump into the water to see how MOB1 works when you fall in. It was lucky that we did, MOB1 came loose from the life jacket and sank to the bottom. Read about…

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Maintenance in paradise

Now it’s the beginning of April and there are about 3 weeks left before we need to be ready to sail across the Atlantic back to Europe. We have finally got the new sails. Before we can leave the Caribbean, we need to fix a few things to get the boat ready to cross the Atlantic. We also want to take the opportunity to make one last visit to our…

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Falmouth Bay again

After a short stop in Jolly Harbor to shop, we continue to Falmouth Bay where we will wait for our new sails and some other spare parts that will soon be delivered there. It will be a longer wait than planned as some deliveries will be delayed over a week. We are certainly used to waiting for things, but time goes by and our departure for Europe is getting closer…

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One more visit to Cocoa Point

Before we sail back down to Antigua, want to make one last stop at our beloved Cocoa Point. Soon we will leave the Caribbean and sail back to Europe, so this may be the last time we have the opportunity to sail here. Flying Penguin goes directly to Antigua and promises to keep a space for us in Falmouth Bay when we get there. Innan vi seglar tillbaka ner till…

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Spanish Point, Barbuda

We move to Spanish Point to get better protection from the wind that will increase and turn to the southeast. Although the Atlantic Ocean is on the other side of Spanish Point, it is more protected here than at Cocoa Point because the reef protects the entire southern side of the bay all the way to Cocoa Point. From our anchorage, we see the waves from the Atlantic breaking against…

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Frigate bird colony on Barbuda

In the northern part of Barbuda is one of the world’s largest colonies of Frigate birds. To visit it we first took a rather expensive trip by taxi from Shack-A-Kai to Codrington, pay a fee to be allowed to visit the nature reserve and finally a boat trip to the mangrove swamp where the colony is located.

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Fantastic Cocoa Point

Finally back to Barbuda and Cocoa Point where Princess Diana Beach is located, the most paradisiacal beach we have visited so far here in the Caribbean. We have planned to stay at Barbuda until we have to return to Antigua to pick up our new sails in a few weeks.

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