Sailing and hiking in the Azores with the catamaran "Moby
Welcome to the Azores, the half-forgotten
Islands in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean. Why not try a different
holiday with Island Hopping and Sea Watching on board a luxurious
sailing catamaran? Sailing experience is not necessary.
A 46` sailing catamaran is ideal for cruising.
you tend to beconfined to sitting in the cockpit,a
catamaran is always upright and
steady and has
plenty of space, allowing everyone a spot of privacy for
sunbathing, reading a book or just enjoying the sea. The big Cat is
also ideal for families with children, always sailing upright and
stable, a solid rail all around the boat, lots of spaces where the
children are absolutely safe.
kind of nice breeze this type of boat immediately picks up speed and
does for some exciting sailing. Contrary to small racing catamarans and
the like, large catamarans do not capsize. "Moby
Dick" has a luxuriuos traditional handcrafted interior. There are four
double cabins on board. Two double cabins amidships
berths and two double cabins in the foreship with single berths. The
galley is outfitted with a four-flame stove, standard oven,
and two fridges as in any kitchen on land giving for excellent cooking.
Click on the photo above and you will see loads of pictures from the
emerald islands, ranging from the smallest- Corvo with 421 inhabitants
to San Miguel with 140.000 inhabitants, warmed by the Gulf Stream and
surrounded by an ocean teeming with life. All islands are within easy
reach from each other in a day’s trip. The Azores offer some
very interesting sightseeing too. The Unesco has declared the beautiful
town Angra do Heroismo on Terceira a cultural heritage. On San Miguel
are the Blue and Green Lagoons in a huge extinct volcano cone. There
are several hot spots on the island, in some of them food is cooked
traditionally, one of them is in a small cove and warms the sea,
it’s like swimming in a huge bathtub. Santa Maria with its
dazzling exotic flora is another Madeira- one huge flowery garden. On
Faial is Peter Café Sport, one of the most famous
sailors’ bar anywhere on the planet. The beauty of the Azores
is endless. No mass tourism spoils any of the islands. Due to the Gulf
Stream the weather is always just right- nice and warm but not too hot.
From June onwards you can expect air temperatures between 24°
and 28°, water temperatures 22° - 25°.
Hiking in the Azores
nine islands have a variety of excellent trails, pure nature and
fantastic views over the ocean. See Visitazores
You can chose between going
into the ports or marinas and exploring the islands or staying out for
a beautiful night sail under the bright stars in a fluorescent sea,
caused by bioluminescent algae. Every movement of the boat leaves a
glittering trail of small stars in the water, Dolphins coming up to the
boat seem to be swimming in long shining pipes. Island hopping on the
Azores is very pleasant sailing. You can see the next island when you
take off in the morning. However, just a few miles off the islands you
are in the deep sea, 2000-4000m depths are normal. After a beautiful
days cruise you arrive on a new island to explore. For those who would
like a longer trip or need mileage for their Yacht
Master License there is the option of a cruise from San
Miguel to Madeira (4-5 days), back to Santa Maria (4-5 days) and then
San Miguel, altogether 1000 sea miles of mainly Bluewater Sailing.
there are whales to be seen, and the right expression for what we offer
watching; whales, birds, dolphins, turtles, bonitos and sunfish. Whale
hunting from small wooden sailing boats has a long tradition on the
Azores due to the great variety of whales around the islands.
Commercial whale hunting ended in 1966, however, you can still find the
traditional whaling boats around the islands, now used for leisure. You
can often say hello to dolphins coming up to the boat
for a visit. Tuna and bonitos sometimes follow the boat for days on
end. In calm conditions you can go for a swim from the boat. A strange
feeling, swimming in the ocean, knowing there are several thousand
meters of water below you. The water temperatures rise to about
23°C in July and 24°-25° in August, with air
around 25°-27° thanks to the Gulf Stream. There is no
and relaxed way to get to know a bit about sailing and the sea.
Size: Length 14,6m x Width 7,4m x Draft
0,75m Displacement: 10t. Sail area: 90m2 Design
and construction: Roland de Casenove, Architect Navale, Paris
Radar, AIS, VHF with automatic emergency signal, two life rafts,
chartplotter, Navtex, GPS(5x), fishfinder/sonar,
panels (2 x 100W), 220v generator, inflatable dinghy with
outboard, electric anchor winch, towed water generator, just
mention some of the gear. Two 40 hp heavy duty Mariner outboard engines
which are raised into the hulls while under sail. There are
altogether 16 waterproof bulkheads
on the boat. Moby Dick is an extremely safe vessel. The
yacht has an unusual colour, for a good reason: white, blue,
green etc. might look nice in the marina, but the bright yellow is for
safety, making sure you are seen out at sea in all conditions.
or Mike to everybody on board. Born in Sweden, is 69 years old
and has been boat building, sailing and surfing all his life. He has
logged more than 35.000 offshore sea miles sailing all over Europe. He
speaks five languages fluently (English, German, French, Portuguese-
and of course Swedish).
those of us who would
like to combine a land&sea holiday we have a special offer: We
will collect you in Ponta Delgada on São Miguel. From there
we sail to Santa Maria, a very enjoyable daytrip. On Santa Maria you
stay on board for four days in the comfortable and beautifully situated
marina. There is a restaurant in the marina and it's only a 10 minute
walk to the town centre. You will be brought every day to a
hike. Hiking on Santa Maria is a special experience, an
absolutely clean environment, pristine nature, again and
again fantastic panoramic vistas of the ocean plus
the encounters with friendly locals along the way. Finally
another daytrip back to Ponta Delgada. Prices:
The yacht has four spacious cabins, two amidships with double berths
and two in the fore ship with single berths. €
490/pers for a single berth in the fore ship. €
540/pers for a double berth in the amidships.
Included are two daytrips from Ponta Delgada and back, accommodation in
the yacht and transportation to and from the hikes. It includes fuel,
harbour duties and meals on board during the sail trip from and to
Ponta Delgada. Click here for more information: SANTA MARIA
you need to log seamiles for your Yachtmaster
Certificate there are the options Santa Maria-Flores (320 sm), Santa
Maria - Madeira (500 sm) or Santa Maria - Canary Islands (730 sm). Ask
for a quotiation.
How to Get On
(former SATA), TAP, Easy Jet and Ryan air offer flights to the Azores,
Porto and Lisbon. All airlines also offer flights out from Lisbon to
Ponta Delgada (São Miguel, the main island). There
are several alternatives to get to Santa Maria:
Via Lisbon and then directly to Santa Maria, Azores Airlines operates
flights from Lisbon to Santa Maria on Thursdays and Sundays.
Fly directly to Ponta Delgada and then on to Santa Maria (daily
flights, 15 min) or take the ferry.
3. Via Lisbon
or Porto to Ponta Delgada (several flights per day) and then on to
Santa Maria ( the connecting flight to Santa Maria is free!).
There are direct flights from several cities in Canada and the US to
Ponta Delgada (main island). From there it is a 15 min flight
Santa Maria. See Azores
- Yacht Charter
Four cabins, eight persons. Low season November
– March: € 2.900.-/Week. High
season April - October: € 3.750.-/Week.
Prices include skipper, harbour duties and fuel for
standard harbour or mooring manoeuvers. No security
deposit No costs for check-out cleaning
35% at booking, another 35% two months before the charter,
final payment two weeks before the charter. Refund: full
refund if we cancel the charter (has never happened), no refund if you
cancel the charter (has also never happened).
standard one-week cruise should normally give you the oportunity to see
and explore five islands: Santa Maria,
Last but not least: wind&weather