Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Stephanie / Exploration  

It was difficult to say goodbye to Sao Jorge; we've made lifelong friends there, so of course we will return!  An 8-hour sail in light winds brought us to the island of Terceira. At Angra do Heroismo, Terceira we were able to anchor with our refreshed windlass and enjoyed life on the hook for a few days while we toured the city.  Angra is a UNESCO World Heritage site; it was pretty, and really felt like a big city after having spent weeks in rural Velas at  Sao Jorge.  Our first stop, however, was beyond the hustle and bustle and out of town to hike on Monte Brasil. Downtown, we strolled the streets stopping now and again to read UNESCO signs on historic buildings. Terceira was all about friends and hurricane Helene.  We moved Detour to Praia da Vitoria, a safe harbor for the hurricane, and enjoyed getting acquainted with our dock neighbors.  At Praia, there is a small liveaboard community, as well as several seasonal cruisers preparing to overwinter their boats. Praia da Vitoria Praia is a small beach town.  In the summer, it rocks with party after party (tent space fills the entire boatyard once the hauled boats are re-launched).  We had to create our own festivities during this time of year, all is quiet.  Thankfully, our friend Thomas (s/y Chupito) was here!  We had a great reunion with Thomas, having last seen him in Bermuda two-years ago, and he introduced us to several local friends on Terceira.  "Let's party, babies!" Milo, Ligia, Thomas, & Brian enjoying aperitifs aboard s/y Chupito   Hurricane Helene was a non-event for us at Praia - THANK GOODNESS!!  It did not rain, and the strongest winds came overnight as gusts in the 40's.  Helene did provide some great conditions for the kite-boarders and windsurfers to get some action. Yet again, it was time to continue along our separate ways.  Thomas welcomed aboard his friend, Corinne, who joined him for s/y Chupito's voyage en-route to Gibraltar.  We shared heartfelt, "until next time!" to Ligia and Milo.  Off we go, for an overnight sail to Sao Miguel.      


  1. From Stephanie Grandjean on Oct 05, 2018

  2. From Scott Kuhner on Sep 26, 2018
    Related to your “milk the cow”, when we’re in Terceira back in 2003, we also went to the dairy farm. We had heard that they produce milk for the whole island. When I saw the farmer, I asked how he got the cows to produce so much milk, he said, “every morning I talk to each cow and it just goes in one ear and out the udder!”