20 to June 28, 2005: Azores
20, 2005 (Monday)
was so eager to check in that he woke up early, took a shower to
look decent for the immigration officials... while I was so tired
that I heard none of the commotion and was wondering how he could
run to check in unwashed... He did not, but I did not know that
then. Once we moved Impromptu to her present location, we began
enjoying our arrival with breakfast and then lots of walking around
the past 2 1/2 days we have been enjoying meeting other sailors
from Europe and the US, eating great food in a very beautiful restaurant
overlooking the harbor and another island "Pico". We have
been to the post office a number of times, buying stamps for the
innumerous post cards, making phone calls to family and friends.
have also spent quite some time in the repair shop (Midatlantic
Yacht Service) in order to get our battery situation straightened
out. This morning, as I have been checking e-mails and updating
our website - finally - Juergen spent time with MYS and found that
a carpenter will come tomorrow to enlarge our battery box to accommodate
new batteries (the ones we have on the boat right now seem to be
smaller than any Juergen has been able to find both in the US but
also here - so where did Hallberg-Rassy find the ones we have???
We would really like to know. Yet, it sounds like there is hope
22, 2005 (Wednesday)
will update the website one more time before we depart for England
- and then from England again. We hope to rent a car to drive around
the island once our batteries are dealt with. We also hope to sail
to another island of the Azores, Terceira, but that will be on our
way to England. So you will hear / read from us before... We hope
you are all ok. THANK you very much for all the e-mails you have
sent (I believe to have answered all of them by now).
23, 2005 (Thursday)
the carpenter, is on our boat, together with Juergen. They already
took three batteries out - sitting in the cockpit now waiting to
be picked up. Robert, from East Germany and for 9 years here in
Horta, is cutting the battery box to enlarge it sufficiently for
the new batteries. I sure hope it all works eventually. We may still
need a new regulator. We'll see.
and Chuck (last name?) visited with us last night. After cheese,
crackers and wine (non-alcoholic beer for Chuck) we sat down below
for a large plate of freshest salad (how wonderful after almost
three weeks of no lettuce) and clam chowder. We watched the movie
"Around Cape Horn" thereafter. We all had a great time
as we sat till around 2330. Our Irish neighbors did not party last
night, but they talked in the cockpit for a very long time. I could
not sleep. Early in the morning, the wind finally died down - but
then it just shifted to Northerly and brought very light rain. The
entire island is covered by heavy black clouds. Pico across from
Faial is not visible at all - a little eerie.
we are invited on Tony Waldeck's boat "Adrienne May" for
drinks and then we will go to dinner in our favorite restaurant
overlooking the harbor and Pico.
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visible through the Clouds
with Harbor in Background
June 24, 2005 (Friday),
on Faial - the first day of summer... We went to a festival up in
the mountains, a tiny village with lots of people and parked cars.
The music was so bad that we, together with Tony and Alison, Chuck
and Zoey, escaped for a beer at one of the road stands. We rather
quickly decided that taking a cab back into Horta for a decent dinner
was more desirable...
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Tony, Juergen, Alison and Zoey (on leash)
Harbor Wall with all the Pictures painted by Sailors
inspecting our "art work"
also painted our obligatory good-luck charm to ensure that we would
have more luck on our way to England.
25, 2005 (Saturday)
rented a car from 1600 on for 24 hours. This gave us time to drive
around the island (Tony accompanied us) and to have dinner at "Nick's
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and Juergen at Entrance to Nick's Hideaway
26, 2005 (Sunday)
birthday. Of course, we called to wish her well... Then we visited
the local super market and were quite impressed by its selection
of pretty much everything, making reprovisioning quite easy. After
this duty had been fulfilled we got into our little "Opel Corsa".
Juergen drove up an incredibly steep and winding "road",
an overstatement for this stretch of unpaved path, all the way to
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course, the larger pictures look a lot more impressive than these
but to ensure that up and downloading does not take for ever, we
decided to keep them small.
have been noticing how clean the island is, no rubbish anywhere,
garbage is being picked up daily, at least once, waste baskets are
everywhere... truly a pleasure to walk around.
27, 2005 (Monday)
are still in Horta, but the batteries are installed, the battery
box finished (not as well as Juergen would have liked it to be...
but then, what are our choices?). In the evening, we noticed that
- using the generator (not the engine), the 12-volt batteries don't
get charged but are rather discharged while the 24-volt batteries
charge up beautifully. So, another thing Juergen needs to get help
on. He also will need to call HR (Hallberg-Rassy) as the electronics
man could not find our regulator (and is questioning whether we
even have one...)
28, 2005 (Tuesday)
is on the boat waiting for the electronics repair man and to hear
from HR, tried to call them this morning. Our contact was not available
when Juergen called. I have been sitting at City Hall, checking
almost another 100 e-mails to both our accounts and responding to
all those from friends and family. This will be the last update
of the website before our departure for Falmouth (hoped for tomorrow
morning). We will have a last dinner with our newly made friends
Tony and Alison and Chuck before we get going again. The repair
will keep us from visiting the island of Terceira, which we regret
in some ways. On the other hand, I cannot wait to get to England
and to be done with the major ocean voyages... We will update the
website out of England again after today.
again sitting at City Hall of Horta, on the entrance steps, but
plugged in while handling the e-mails and the website. I hope the
pictures and our brief descriptions give you an idea as to life
as it presents itself today. I am feeling a lot better and am my
old self again. Of course, I am apprehensive about the next ocean
voyage, but it is supposed to be shorter and, hopefully, kinder
to me. Also, I have new seasickness pills and will go to buy some
ginger (more than one person recommended that I buy that).
to all of you who seem to be genuinely interested in our progress
and who have been writing so many kind things to us. It is overwhelming
at times. We really appreciate it. I have been saving all your messages
and hope to put them together, once we are home for the winter.
Enjoy your summer!
28, 2005 (Tuesday - 2nd message)
has cleared us out of customs/immigration and topped off the water
tank. We jointly read all the e-mails we had gotten. He is just
as happy to know we have such great family and friends as I was
when reading the messages. Another HR (45) tied up to us last night
while we were out. Since we plan on leaving around 0730 tomorrow
morning, we went to the gas dock and rearranged the tie-up so that
the HR 45 is now next to Ernst's boat (the Dutch boat owner who
is fixing whatever his delivery crew broke on their trip over to
Horta and who is waiting for his girlfriend to join him from Horta
to the Netherlands...) We needed approx. 730 liters of Diesel (Juergen
can tell you exactly what this means in terms of usage, usage per
hour, per mile, miles per liter, etc. I will not bore you with such
details though, what we thought was interesting is that Hallberg-Rassy
indicates the usage higher than we actually experienced.
had a last dinner with Tony and Alison and Chuck and of course,
Zoey, their dog. We all had a good time before saying good-bye.
Alison and Chuck were leaving for Terceira early the next morning,
we for England. Tony stayed in Horta, waiting for his sail issue
to be dealt with and for his crew to continue on to Gibraltar and
Perpignon from there.