STAGE 6.1
14.09 — 22.09
Angra do Heroismo → Horta
Offshore
and coastal passages
in the middle
of the ocean
First, we’re traveling around the central group of the Azores archipelago. But one of the goals of this stage is to try to reach the Western group of islands: Flores and Corvo, that are visited by cruising yachts very rarely. If the weather allows, we’ll do it, and, along with shorter passages, make two 150-miles offshore ones.
8 days
1350 €
Start/Finish Cities and Airports:
🇵🇹 Terceira [TER]
🇵🇹  Horta [HOR]
Approximate
step by step route:
  • Angra do Heroismo → Graciosa, 60 nm
  • Graciosa → Lajes do Flores, 150 nm
  • Lajes do Flores → Velas, 160 nm
  • Velas → Horta, 30 nm
Travel Style:
Hopping and xploring the islands;
ocean sailing with the passages
from 4 to 24 hours long.
difficulty
of this stage
is 3 out of 5
That means: be prepared for more challenges than in a standard yacht charter. Waves, wind, rain, night passages, some offshore — all this might happen. But still not too much.

Talking about this exact stage, the most challenging should be two offshore passages from the Central group to Western one, and then back. It could be up to 30 hours each. With favourable winds that we wait for, it should be rather easy and stable,
but still it’s an open ocean. But some passages are really short. And a lot of hiking and sightseeing is planned.
ROUTE
HIGHLIGHTS
Start in Angra:
A truly remarkable town whose central part is the Unesco heritage. It serves as a capital of Terceira island, the favourite one among many of our friends.
Central group:
Jumping from one group to another could be a tricky task,
but it all depends on the weather if it’s rather hard or very easy. Each island has it own highlights: enclosed caldera on Graciosa, the big mountain and wineries on Pico, stunning nature
on São Jorge, and many more.
Sailing to the Western group:
The next jump can be even longer, about 150nm, but the reward would be really precious. We hope to visit both islands
of the group: Flores and Corvo. 50 shades of green, calderas, waterfalls — here they are.
Back to Faial:
Horta Marina is the most famous yachting place in the Azores. Historically, here stopped most of the yachts (and, at times, even planes!) making the West-to-East Transatlantic. And we’ll be able to feel the vibe of these times.
(c) photo from www.sailogy.com
Whales
and night passages:
September on the Azores is a top season for sperm whales, which we may encounter on one of the passages (though,
we don’t promise anything). And as soon as we plan to make
some passages in the dark, it usually means the sky full of stars with a Milky Way clearly visible.
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