PHOTOS: '17 Leg 7: Azores to Scotland

Leaving Sao Miguel and the Azores behind us...

'The downwind run from the Azores to Scotland'. Not at all as we expected, this trip has been the one that we thought we would encounter the most weather of the year and we had prepared the crew for it. In Ponta Delgada, the day before departure, the long-term weather forecast looked too good to be true. We started of with an evening and night of motoring but pretty quickly the wind picked up from behind and we sailed downwind most of the way.

Due to some light wind and that we were head of schedule we decided on a quick stop in the Aren Islands just of Galway Bay in Ireland. We enjoyed a very quite night o anchor and a fun day ashore exploring the island! We had wind all the way then up to Oban and managed to sail almost on the dock at Oban Marina, a magical morning with sheep and highland cowes on the hillside and the breeze just strong enough to move us forward!

2017 Leg 7: Azores to Scotland