Ascension Island to the Azores Day 29 – Caduceus has arrived in the Azores

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Sun 19 Mar 2017 12:36
Position                37:44.4139 N 025:39.577 W
Date                     2359 (UTC) Sunday 19 March 2017
Distance run          in 8hrs 25mins 42nm over the ground, 42nm through the water
Passage total         3,739nm over the ground, 3,661nm through the water
Distance to go       Arrived   
Planned distance    Ascension to the Azores west around the high 3,666nm
AT 08:25 UTC after just 25 minutes under four weeks we arrived at Ponta Delgada in the Azores having travelled a total distance of 3,739nm.


Caduceus on the customs dock at Ponta Delgada waiting for the show to open
When the offices opened at 1000 UTC, 0900 local time, we were very well received by friendly officials.  The customs dock is also the fuel dock so that we were able to fill with diesel before moving to an alongside berth on a floating pontoon in the new marina. So there we are safe and sound after a great experience,  Caduceus has looked after us well in some not very pleasant conditions and well done the crew.  We can now celebrate properly crossing the equator, completing our circumnavigation and finishing our longest ever ocean passage both in terms of distance and time at sea.
There will now be a break in entries for a few days before we set off again.  Next stop Gibraltar.
Just for the record the faithful Raymarine Autopilot has steered the boat on the wind, mostly at 45 degrees starboard tack for a total of 17.5 days and downwind for 4.5 days; the remainder will be sailing to a track.