Ocean Sailing between France, Portugal, and Madeira 2019
In 2019 Grayhound is doing a mini scale Atlantic Circuit with several decent sized ocean passages, each with a few days to a week spare at the end of the ocean passage to explore ashore or island hop.
The first ocean passage is an early summer sail across Biscay from Douarnenez to Vigo. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy the Ile de Cies National Park and possibly a Spanish Ria or two before you eventually depart in Vigo. Grayhound spent an autumn in this corner of Northern Spain back in 2014 and were blown away by the beautiful beaches and smell of pine forests on these small islands.
The second 700 mile ocean passage is taking wine and olive oil from Porto to Madeira. This voyage is a nice mix of about 5 days blue water sailing and 3-4 days days to explore ashore in Madeira. Famous for its lush vegetation and flowers you cant trek along the Levada canals of the Eastern island and visit Funchal town and market.
Bound for the Azores ...and back 2019
The much awaited return of Grayhound to the Azores is next on the agenda. Probably skipper Marcus favourite place on the planet, as he lived out in the Azores for a while, this archipelago of nine islands is pretty special, with a pleasant summer climate and lots to see and do.
The first voyage from Madeira to Horta is already half booked. Join this short ocean passage from Madeira to the Azores Archipelago with good whale spotting opportunities. The ocean bit is 670 miles taking around 5 days and you still have about 7 days to island hop.
Grayhound is picking up a cargo of Azores tea on Sao Miguel so you are likely to spend more than one day exploring Sao Miguel. Volcanic craters filled with emerald coloured lakes, thermal pools and great hiking to enjoy on Sao Miguel. You might visit the tea plantation and their are pineapple plantations too.
Sailing west from here you head towards a group of five islands including Pico with its classic 2351 metre high volcanic cone, Faial hidding behind, Sao Jorge, Tereira and Graciosa. It is unlikely you will visit Flores or Corvo as they lie another 130 miles to the North West.
Marcus and crew will be keen to show you Faial as they know it well. Bikes can be hired and once Grayhound is in Faial you can usually visit Pico island. Whilst the volcano is semi dormant the slopes bristle with recording devices to warn of future eruptions and their are hot steaming fumeroles in places. Pico supplies the archipelago markets with peaches, apples, oranges, plums and by august is has an outragous amount of figs to harvest.
Plenty more Grayhound Adventures in 2019
Apart from this much anticipated bit of ocean sailing for Grayhound she is still managing to fit in Cornwall day sails, Regular cargo runs between the West Country- France and the Isles of Scilly. There is only one family Scillies holiday in 2019, so book early and the sail cargo voyages now involve a bit more coastal sailing as more local business want to have their beer and wine orders hand delivered by YOU.