The Whaling regatta was held in the area between Faial and Pico, but began near our marina. The whaling heritage is still strong here, so the boats have been restored for sport, and the hunting has been replaced with whale watching. Whaling in this area stopped in the 1980’s.
Still being towed but once sails are up and boats in position, the tow is dropped, they sound the horn and they are off. The last 2 boats had terrible wind advantage and looked like they gave up and just sailed around without actually ever getting in the race. Apparently it is a sails only race! Fun to watch!