Bahamas, Bermuda, the Azores, and the United Kingdom      February - September 2019

 

Bahamas

   

   

A great 2 week sail with Tracen J (Charlie and Karen Singstead)

Tracen J with us on our way from Conception to Long Island

   
   

   

Amy at Buenavista Cay in the Jumentos

All that is left of a small airplane wreck

   
   

   

Sunset at Flamingo Cay

Several fishermen traded us some lobster tails for books and GRIBS

 

 

   

   
   

A little exploring

A little relaxing

   
   

   

Motoring back to Georgetown

The Island Regatta

   

Bermuda

   

   

Completed our clearance in St. George's

Old church ruins at the head of the harbor

   
   

   

Looking at the America's Cup Exhibit with Kite (Jack and Zdenka Griswold)

Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Racing

   
   

   

Lunch with Newburyport friends Jon and Andrea Bursaw

Off to the Azores

   
   

Azores Passage and Visit

   

   

Blue skies and fair wind for 13 days

Jon took the my usual quarter berth spot so I had the salon

   
   

   

As always on passage much reading

and eating

   
   

   

Our first Azores landfall, Flores

Bold and rocky shores

   
   

   
   

We chose to anchor behind the breakwater, outside the small and crowded marina

Anchor down. Time for some champagne.

   
   
   

   
   
   

 

 

   

The forecast didn't allow a trip to nearby Corvu

We did an overnight to Faial instead

   
   
   
   

   

We weren't the only boat arriving or leaving Horta, Faial

Jon readying our courtesy flag

   
   

   

The famous custom of painting your boat's name

Shango in Horta

   
   
   

   
   

Amy and her finished product

A few others

   
   

   

Fellow cruiser Phil Richmond doing his painting

Street tiling as used in mother Portugal

   

   

The lighthouse at Capelhinos Point covered by volcanic ash

The Capelhinos crater

   

   

The lighthouse stairway

A very impressive museum and restaurant built under the site

   

   

The entire point covered in ash

Faial view. Typical of most of the Azorean islands

   
   

   
   

Pick your own fish at many of the restaurants

We did OK

   
   

 

 

   

Next stop Pico. Our view as seen from the dock rafted 3 boats deep.

Pico vineyards. Grapes planted in stone plots for temperature control.

   
   
   

   
   

Hydrangas were in bloom for us

Sailing past Sao Jorge on the way to our last island, Terceira.

   
   

   

Shango at anchor in Agra, Terceira

Agra was in the middle of its summer festival. Bull running and parades

   
   

   

Every day a different area of town had a bull running. This one at the harbor.

We liked the parades more than watching the running of the bulls 

   

 

 

 

 

   
   

   

Another Azorean favorite, blood sausage

More wonderful seafood

   
   

   

Terceira was a beautiful place to wait for our window to England

 

   

   
   
   

The Coast Guard Eagle on July 4th

Shango also decked out for the day

   
   

   
   

We left for England on an overcast day

but had a very pleasant 9 day passage

   
   

 

 

England