Horta, Faial, the Azores

JJMoon Diary
Barry and Margaret Wilmshurst
Sat 10 Aug 2013 17:47
We arrived here on Friday morning in bright sunshine and the lightest of breezes.  We cleared in with the most conveniently situated, pleasantest and least bureaucratic officials yet encountered.  Without moving from the reception berth we fueled up for the next passage then motored to our allotted finger pontoon in the marina.  Good start.
We were only two and a half months late but better late than never.  Our first task ashore was to hasten to Peter’s Café Sport, the famous yachtsmen’s watering hole, to check for any messages.  Yes! A result.  There, pinned to the bar was a postcard from our grandchildren Adam and Charlotte.  We missed them in May but the warmth of their delayed welcome was some compensation.
After seven years JJ Moon is back in Europe with European facilities at European prices.  Horta is a small but lively tourist venue currently coming to the end of a week’s festival of music, yacht racing, skiff racing and eating.  It is noisy far into the night but full of interest. 
We have not yet decided when we shall leave here for Dartmouth – probably in five to seven days.  There are a few things to get sorted out first, both on the boat and administratively.


Temporary repairs to a broken inner forestay.

 A result!  Postcard from Adam and Charlotte.