RoRC Report from the Atlantic Islands

RoRC Report from the Atlantic Islands

David and Marilyn Bridges, s/v BLUE YONDER, on the Azores, Madeiras and Morocco

By David Bridges - 23/10/2018

Hello from the beautiful blue ocean offshore of Agadir, Morocco as we head toward the Canary Islands. What a fabulous 3 months it's been since last reporting. The OCC Rally was excellent and reported on elsewhere. We spent 2 and a half months exploring the Azores - 6 of the major 9 islands.

We connected with OCC members most places we visited but the majority of the Rally group from Horta had moved on toward mainland Europe. Siegfried & Gudrun Reh of Asante are staying in Angra. David & Beverly Hunnable on Rustler of Wessex were lifesavers in Praia da Vitória taking care of Blue Yonder's declining batteries while we flew back to Virginia to have a family celebration.

Our last two islands, San Miguel and Santa Maria didn't disappoint. In Santa Maria we met Harald & Beate Sammer of Taniwani, who we thankfully got to know more in Madeira. Rabat and Morocco were calling us but a significant oil leak one day out diverted us to Porto Santo and Madeira for repairs and a wonderful 3 weeks. Sometimes the best things are unplanned! I reconnected with Phil & Norma Heaton of Minnie B after 7 years and their circumnavigation! Also we spent fun times with David & Lindsay, Inwood of Goldcrest from Bristol, there and in Madeira. We got to see and snorkel with one of the rarest seals in the world, a Monk seal in Baia de Abra. Madeira is, as members Steve & Karyn James of Threshold forewarned us, like the Azores on steroids! The mountains are higher and the hydrangea blooms even larger which is really hard to believe.

Not giving up on Morocco, we headed this time to Agadir which was further south and more in the direction of the Canaries. What an amazing culture & fascinating country. The people are warm and welcoming and the sights are mind blowing for this Westerner. We did a camel ride at sunset on the beach, visited souks, medinas, and kasbahs and even saw goats climbing trees!

Time to move on always seems to come sooner than we'd like. We are now heading for Lanzarote to store the boat and again see family in the US for the holidays. The plan is to return in January and most likely continue with another trans-Atlantic passage back to the Caribbean next winter. But like all of cruising, "Man plans & God laughs"! We'll see what actually happens. Safe sailing this fall everyone. Cheers!

Photo: Marilyn and I giving Scooby Doo a rest in Morocco

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