There is always a bit of trepidation around, before embarking on an
offshore passage..... have we checked everything, is it all working, can you
remember how to switch off the false alarms, last minute provisioning, tank
filling, last shower on an unmoving surface, and then the wind perks up to make
life difficult manoeuvring around a tight marina.
After the usual twitching, and occasional exchange of pleasantries between
crew members, we finally left Angra mid afternoon, en route to mainland
Portugal. Our fall back plan is to stop off at St Miguel (c 90 miles SE of
Angra) if we want a break or anything stops working. The wind gods seem keen for
this to happen, as we are struggling to shape a course with it straight from
astern. We have been gybing away from the island, hoping for better, and chewing
over the sail options (without wanting to fly the Parasailor in 20 knots), but
there are no easy solutions so far. We can just about hold a course to St Miguel
though, so maybe that is the answer.