Horta Pictures

We departed Horta at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, June 23.  We expect a 6-7 day sail to Sotogrande, Spain.  We are scrubbed, laundered, re-fueled and re-provisioned.  We have placed secret bets on our arrival time.  The 2 days in Horta were spectacular.  We are worn out and ready to return to our seafaring schedule.  Special award goes to Mary, for making it all the way to Horta and for piloting a scooter by herself all the way around Horta, the last hour in cheek-stinging rain.  She is a trooper.  It was so much fun to have her and Annie join us.

Crew just before departing Horta
Crew just before departing Horta
Crew, Horta seawall
Crew, Horta seawall
Finished product!
Finished product!
BU burgee at Pete's
BU burgee at Pete’s
Rah Buds!
Rah Buds!
Painting vessel name on seawall
Painting vessel name on seawall
From top of Faial, Pico in distance
From top of Faial, Pico in distance
Caldera, top of Faial
Caldera, top of Faial
Cam  on the rocks
Cam on the rocks
High up on Faial
High up on Faial
Summit, after climb
Summit, after climb
Cam and Liz, note GoPro
Cam and Liz, note GoPro
Matt and Jackie scootering
Matt and Jackie scootering
Jackie on the rocks
Jackie on the rocks
West side of Faial
West side of Faial
Annie with an Azorian horse, of course
Annie with an Azorian horse, of course

18 thoughts on “Horta Pictures

  1. Absolutely love the pics! Thanks so much for sharing.
    We love you all, miss you, and look forward to your safe return! … wishing this last leg will be all that you want it to be … including catching some fish! 🙂 XO

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  2. Looks like you had a good visit. I love the horses that Annie found. ❤️ They looked well cared for and loved.
    Love the pictures, you all look great!
    Sail on knowing you are covered in prayers and remembering with thanks what God has done to get you this far.
    Much love-Marianne

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  3. Looks like a grand couple of days in Horta. Happy and safe sailing to Sotogrande. Thank you Liz for calling your Pop-pop for father’s day. Meant a lot to him! XOXOXO, I miss you like crazy and Cam too!

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  4. Cam and crew: It was great to see you all safe on the beautiful island of Faial, the land of my in-laws. It was neat to see the island of Pico too. Many of Cam’s sailing ancestors (4th great-grandparents through 7th great-grandparents dating back to 1710) came from the island of Pico. They included Captains of ships and Army Sergeants that eventually settled in Sao Miguel in 1843. It looks like you’ll go by the island of your grandparents on your way to Spain. Continued safe travels to you all. We are all enjoying following your great adventure! Stay safe!

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    • Thank you for the history. We are sailing by Sao Miguel right now and we will tip out hat to your ancestors. The Azores have been spectacular. Twenty four hours after departing Faial we are still in their beautiful embrace. They stretch 300 miles from end to end. Even the dolphins are more relaxed here. It is comforting to sail close to land. We will miss the Azores when we finally leave them tonight. We flew the spinnaker for two glorious hours today, moving 8-9 knots in 10-12 knots of wind. We doused it as the winds rebuilt to 15 knots, continuing our theme of conservative sail plans, mostly for the peace of mind of those ashore but also for our comfort. No fish yet!

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  5. Thanks JR. Love you and appreciate your genealogical brilliance (ie. amongst the rest) more than you know. Xo To the Moondance Crew~ … good luck in making sense of what my awesome baby bro just shared! Whoever can figure this out, no doubt, has also mastered celestial navigation! If not, I don’t know why not. Couldn’t be any harder. 😉
    XO to All … including you, my dear, JR.! (ie. Cam’s uncle.)

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  6. Loved seeing the pictures and those of the scooters! Liz’s Uncle Mark and I spent a week in Spain about an hour up the coast from where you are landing. We travelled on scooters from Marbella up to the hills of Rhonda and back down the coast close to Sotogrande! We had a great time like I can see you all did exploring in Horta! Every time we’d get on the scooters we’d sing the beginning to ‘born to be wild”….head out on the highway….looking for adventure….then laugh! We found adventure for sure on those scooters! We also experienced some of that stinging rain too mentioned in the blog and driving a scooter in Costa Del Sol highways where 70 plus is what everyone else is driving around and close to you….scooters on Spain highways is not recommended but hey we were young and adventurous! Save travels and cheers to adventures!

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  7. Since JR gave some family background on Cam’s Mother’s side, I feel it only fitting that I provide some from his father’s side of the family. We come from pirates. Oh, ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Cheers, Moondance!

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  8. Outstanding. Great pictures. Enjoy this last leg. I’m sure you’ll wish the trip was longer when you arrive.

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  9. Great picsI I particularly like this pic of the entire crew, all in white shirts, surrounding their painted “Moondance 2015” landmark with each of their names, on the Horta seawall! So Cool!

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  10. The Moondance painting on the seawall looks so good! Great job!! Reminds me of when you painted the parking lot at the high school senior year…in the middle of the night. Can’t wait to see you next weekend at the Cape when you’re back. Safe travels.

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  11. Thank you for my trip to Horta!! I had never even heard of Horta before you took me there! I have been reading your blog almost every day and doing this has been one of the highlights of my summer so far!! Your journey has taken me on a journey, too!! I love the TED talk concept which has lead me to wonder what my TED talk would cover!! Y’all are amazing!! Any way you could give us a little bio on all of the sailors in your downtime during the next few days?

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