Most yachts stop in the
Azores on their way across the Atlantic. Although hundreds of
yachts call every year, very few of them cruise around the islands.
With their secluded bays, uncrowded anchorages and protected harbours,
the Azores are still waiting to be discovered as a cruising destination
in their own right. Yachting facilities are concentrated in the
4 main ports: Horta, Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroismo and Praia
da Vitoria. The majority of the yachts stop in Horta (island of
Faial), one of the perennially favourite places of long-distance
sailors. Inaugurated in 1986, the marina has space for 300 vessels
and is currently the fourth most visited ocean marina.
Hundreds of yachts of all kinds of different nationalities
stop in Horta each year on their voyages across the North Atlantic
Ocean, a tradition that dates back to the 19th century. In recent
years, there have been more and more large yachts mooring here,
giving Horta its own very special colour. Every year, international
regattas are held, normally involving the ocean-going cruiser
yachts, with this marina acting as either the finish or one of
the ports of call.
Amidst all this animation and excitement, Horta Marina
has another source of fascination: nobody knows how the painting
of the harbour walls first began. But one day, many years ago,
the crew of a sailing vessel anchored in the harbour wanted to
leave a souvenir of their visit to the island in the docks. This
first painting was followed by others, gradually occupying the
whole sea wall, which has been transformed into a brightly-coloured
mosaic of drawings evoking the many yachts that have stopped off
in the marina.
Café Sport is the most famous bar in the North Atlantic, having
first opened its doors on the island of Faial over eighty years
ago to seafarers from all over the world. Come and listen to
the stories of seafarers in this hospitable bar, where the simplicity
of the Azores can be clearly felt in the warm welcome dispensed
to all visitors.
Peter Café Sport
Tenente Valadim 9
On arrival yachts should berth alongside the reception quay (minimum depth 10
ft/3 m). The marina office is open 0800-1200, 1300-2000 (seven days a week
in the high season April to June). The offices of immigration, maritime police,
customs (Alfandega) and Guarda Nacional Republicana are next to the marina
office in the same building. The marina staff will inform captains of the
order in which these officials must be visited, both on arrival and at departure.
The marina office will assign a berth once clearance is completed. Yachts
arriving after office hours should wait at the reception quay until the next
morning. On departure, one should first pay the marina fees, then take the
receipt to the Guarda Nacional Republicana and the Capitania for outward
clearance. It is forbidden for boats, local or visiting, to anchor at Porto
Pim (south of Horta) due to the optical fiber submarine cable laid there.
Tel:292 391693, Fax:292 208315, VHF Channel 6, 10, 11, 16
Opening Hours: daily 0800-1200 and 1300-1700 (in summer until 2000)
Water & electricity to all berths; there is a utilities block
in the northern part of the marina with laundry, showers. Telephone,
fax and email services are available at the marina office.
Clube Naval da Horta
Cais Velho, 9900 Horta
Tel:+351 292 200680, Fax:+351 292 31719 , VHF Channel 16
Visitors are welcome to use its bar or participate in one of its
many races. Contact the club secretariat, open 0900-1230, 1400-1800
Monday to Friday. VHF Channel 16 is monitored during office hours.
Ponta Delgada Marina
There is a reception dock on the port side as one enters the
marina and arriving yachts are expected to stop there to be
cleared in and assigned a berth. Yachts are normally met on
the dock by an officer, who ensures that there is no contact
with other boats before formalities are completed. This is normally
done during office hours, although the Guarda Nacional Republicana
office is open 24 hours.
The marina provides excellent facilities for yachts visiting the Azorean capital.
The range of repair facilities is expanding and boats can be hauled out
in Ponta Delgada. Water and electricity is available on all pontoons and
fuel is available at the fuelling berth.
Apartado 113, 9502 Ponta Delgada
Tel:(296) 281 510, Fax:(296) 281 311
25 ton travelift, fuel dock
The yacht club next to the marina is very helpful.
Naval de Ponta Delgada (CNPD)
Apt. 4 (Calheta), Av. Infante D. Henrique, 9500 Ponta Delgada
Tel:+351 296 23005, Fax:+351 296 26383