A reminder from a long time reader that our first winner, Peter Cafe Sport in Horta, is still going strong, still as vital to sailors crossing the Atlantic, and truly one of the world’s greatest establishments.
Here’s what makes it so great:
“Peter Cafe Sport is unlike anywhere else on earth. It is quite literally the crossroads, the rest, repair, recuperate and invigorate station for thousands upon thousands of sailors. Beyond just welcoming… you walk in and your head literally spins looking at the hundreds of burgees and momentos from sailors both anonymous and world famous. This has to be on the bucket list of any serious sailor.”
For a hundred years, sailors from all over the world, sheltered by this harbor, have found support in ‘Peter’s’ friendly and welcoming atmosphere of open conviviality and pleasant conversations.
As well as food and drink… Peter has a Scrimshaw Museum:
The “Peter” Scrimshaw Museum was born in 1986 and is now a must-visit for all who seek to discover the true history of Faial. Its importance is widely recognized as it preserves, through the pieces on display, the testimony and memory of this great adventure that was the whaling, mainly in the islands of Faial and Pico.
One of the largest and most beautiful collections in the world of Scrimshaw is still exhibited: the ancient art achieved through the process of engraving and carving on the teeth and bones of sperm whales caught on the high seas. This practice was born aboard the New England whales and was perfected by the Azores. The best-performing pieces were saved, cherished and handed down from generation to generation by the Peter family until they reached our museum.
Perhaps they will win again this year…
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