Moving on

Sarah Grace goes to sea
Chris Yerbury and Sophy White
Fri 22 Jun 2007 10:36
Once again we had the now obligatory road trip round Faial, this time accompanied by the "mad Dane" as Karen calls our freind Thor. Thor is a singlehanded sailor who was part of the radio group on the trip across from Bermuda. Faial is not a big island and has a fairly small population but it was well worth the effort we toook to see it. You always read travel brochures telling you how peacefull, tranquil or relaxing a place is, and in my experience they are usually way over the top in terms of hyperbole. At last we have found a place where it all applies. Yachties are not noted for there dynamism or get up and go, as they seem to live a Manyana type of life but even they slowed down, if thats possible. We visited the site of a recent volcano that happened during all our lifetimes and were quite belittled by the force of nature. The lighthouse that stood near the site was now so far from the sea as to be totally useless. We then drove upto the top of the extinct volcano that created the island and were again impressed by the shear scale of it all. We left Faial just as it got light yesterday and after a brief downwind sail the wind died and came round to blow from directly ahead again!! I really don't know what we have done to upset the wind gods but it's serious. We motored for quite a bit then once we rounded Sao Jorge we could make Terciera and the wind came from behind, so up with the spinnaker and had a wonderful sail for a few hours. Sao Jorge looked very attractive with green fields,waterfall dropping straight into the sea and some caves, another place we must come back to. It was a delightful sail under blue skies with plenty to look at as we were close to islands all day. We arrived in Terciera after 13 and a half hours sail, and already you can sense a different feel to this island, it even has a motorway despite a population of only 58,000. There is a real big city feel to the place. These islands are really most attractive and all appear to be totally different from each other in atmosphere. They must be the last undeveloped islands in Europe, as far as tourism is concerned, and will probably escape the mass developement of the rest of Europe as they lack the one essential for this type of "improvement"--Beaches. long may it remain so.