A sailor‘s talisman

Sailing brings some romantic images to my mind: A peaceful slow journey mainly spent on the open ocean working with the elements. But I guess this is not quite what it truly is.

Have you ever been on a sailing boat? Are you maybe a sailor yourself? Oh, how I would love to hear your stories! Please share some in the comments to give us an idea of this spirit.

If you are not a sailor, you can sniff some sailor’s atmosphere in the marina of Horta in Faial in the Azores and hopefully here in my story. Horta is where every sailor, who crosses the Atlantic ocean or is on a round the world sailing tour, makes a stopover. Every sailor.

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They stock up on things, take care of repairs, and above all enjoy a beer or two and share their adventure-filled stories with fellow sailors.

They preferably do so in Peter Café Sport – a legendary restaurant world famous amongst generations of sailors and beyond. It was founded more than a hundred years ago in 1918 by the grandfather of today’s owner in third generation José Azevedo and sits right opposite the marina. Peter Cafe Sport is not only a meeting point, bar and restaurant but also a mailbox for the sailors and these days a scrimshaw museum. Scrimshaw is the term for a carving art made by seafarers and seamen. They used bones and teeth of animals to do so. I tell you more about it in another story. So much to share with you still from the Azores…

Every sailor brings a pennant (Wimpel auf Deutsch) to Peter Café Sport, so that the restaurant is full of them now as you can see in the pic above. If only they could speak!

In the marina itself you find all sorts of yachts, some are very luxurious and others more adventurous. If you see one of those multimillion dollar yachts, google its name and easily find out who it belongs. Something fun to do while enjoying your lunch at Peter’s, I think.

The marina is also famous for another thing. Along its walls you can admire open-air paintings. Very special ones, indeed.

Somewhen a seafarer must have started what has become a tradition. A must, actually. Every sailor paints something onto the concrete of the marina. It is not only the quay wall anymore, but the ground, stairs, the walls leading up to the road, even walls around the ferry terminal. Everything basically that is made of concrete and can be painted on :0).

Do you wonder why they do it? Well, legend has it that it not only brings luck to the sailors but more importantly keeps them safe on their onward journey. A sailor’s talisman so to speak.

There are hundreds of them and new ones originate almost daily. You will find art in progress with paint pots and brushes waiting for the sailor to return from his or her tours in town. And you may well spend hours admiring the existing ones and wondering what the creator(s) experienced on their adventures sailing the world’s oceans. You can only imagine.

So exciting to at least find out when they were here, who was here and how they called their yacht, don’t you think?

daniela, muehlheim, danielamühlheim, ladybird, exploring, earth, abundance, azores, oceanThe above sailors chose to paint a flying fish, which is a fantastic animal you can watch flying through the air – as it name suggests  – over the ocean’s surface for several meters in the Azores! A mind-boggling sight.

Some of these paintings are loosing the colour and will be overpainted one day. For now, they still narrate us from sailors who visited Horta way back in 2000 or already three times. Does La Marie Ponponniere pass for a fourth time? Who knows.

The paint, by the way, can be bought through Peter Café Sport. Newer paintings come in fresh colours.

I find them all very fascinating but was truly taken aback by the artistic level of the next two.

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Okay, I understand, sailing is not always fun… the swell can be tremendous. At least, Sonate (German for sonata) brings a calming sound to my mind. Maybe this is exactly what the sailors want to tell us. It can be stormy out there, but always keep calm. The painting was made in 2018 (cut the edge there for no obvious reason…).
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They seem to be from Switzerland, but I could not find out anything about them. I would love to listen to their stories and give them my kudos for this wonderful artwork.

Itchy feet to go sailing now? Wouldn’t it be awesome? Well, let’s keep on dreaming and imagining and looking for someone around us who exactly knows the feeling!
Please share your sailing stories in the comments, so that we can grasp some of the wonder and myth. Thank you heaps!

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Faial – A sailor‘s stopover destination










6 Comments Add yours

    1. Thanks. Have you ever been sailing?


  1. Ich bin leider alles andere als seefest, deshalb werde ich Segelschiffe einfach nur sehr gerne von Weitem betrachten und den Geschichten lauschen, die andere von ihren Segel-Abenteuern erzählen… oder diese fantastievollen und aussergewöhnlichen Kunstwerke anschauen, die hier von Seglern hinterlassen worden sind. Was für eine schöne und berührende Tradition! Ich bin begeistert von den farbenfrohen und einzigartigen gemalten Glücksbringern. Vielen Dank für diesen tollen Post, in dem es wieder so viel zu staunen und bewundern gibt. 💗

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    1. So spannend, gäu! Ich dachte mir, dass dich diese Malerei faszinieren wird 💝. Ich war natürlich auch hin und weg und sog die spezielle Atmosphäre, die sie kreieren, in mir auf. Jetzt recherchiere ich, ob ich mal auf einen Segeltörn kann…
      Ich habe diese Eindrücke sehr gern verfasst und geteilt. Ich darf dann jeweils auch nochmals richtig darin eintauchen.
      Danke von Herzen für deine lieben Worte 😘😘😘. Herzumärmel 💞

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  2. Sartenada says:

    Wow. We have been to the Azores many years go. It is a very beautiful place! Thank you.

    Happy and safe travels!

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    1. You are most welcome. Thank you for your lovely comment. Have a wonderful day!

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