June 8, 2015
We made it! Sorry about the lack of updates, but once we arrived in Horta things got hectic. We’re now moored in our second location in the Azores – Angra do Heroismo on Terciera. There will be two more stops in the Azores before we head off for Lagos, Portugal – 850 miles away – on June 14.
The Atlantic crossing from Bermuda to the Azores took us 16 days, a long off-road adventure in a remarkably large wilderness. Fortunately, it was trouble-free, no big storms, no equipment failures, and no injuries to the crew. Serafina performed beautifully, and we were happy to find that the three of us used less than half our water during the trip. That had been a concern. Anita Straupenieks (and on one occasion, Sarah) provided a wonderful daily service, emailing us the weather charts necessary to safe passage planning.
We had reasonably good wind in the beginning, which fell off in the later part of the trip, only to pick up again at the end. We burned 56 gallons of diesel, motorsailing almost a third of the way. We’re glad we did because some serious weather developed the day after we arrived in Horta.
There is so much that could be said about a trip like ours on the open ocean, but it will take more time to process it and put it into writing. We also have photos that Birgit will get posted once we get to Portugal. Right now we’re surprisingly busy getting from port to port in the Azores, taking a look around at the islands, and taking care of chores necessary to the next passage.
Sadly, for Birgit and me, Hannah will be flying back to the U.S. and then on to Alaska – departing from Ponta Delgada on the 14th. She has been a wonderful crewmember, a creative and willing help on every aspect of the trip. She’s become a wonderful sailor, after a total of nearly four months on Serafina, something we hope will stay with her for the rest of her life.