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12th December, 2012

Atlantic Crossing

The five day crossing from St.Maarten to the Azores passed remarkably quickly and apart from the last twenty four hours the weather was kind to us.

I’d been keeping a watchful eye on a huge low pressure system that almost covered the whole of the North Atlantic for some days. It was only a matter of time for its influence to reach us, and reach us it did on the day before our arrival at Vitoria.

On Wednesday we woke up to freshening winds from astern and with it developed sizeable waves, which started to toss us about a little more than we’d been used too. Around mid-morning I received a message from our agent in the Azores that the conditions were expected to worsen quickly and the harbour master and pilots at Vitoria deemed it unsafe to dock the Sapphire the following day.

Armed with this information I changed our course and headed for Ponta Delgada. However the change added an extra 60 miles to the journey and consequently our arrival would now be around 2.00 pm. Still it was better than not stopping at the Azores at all

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