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Vessel Name: katface
Vessel Make/Model: Swan 46
Hailing Port: Annapolis
Crew: Tom and Kat
15 September 2017 | Angra do Heroismo
06 September 2017
04 September 2017 | Marina Porto das Pipas, Angra do Heroismo, Terceiera, Acores
26 August 2017
24 August 2017
27 July 2017
01 July 2017 | Velas, Sao Jorge, the Azores, Portugal
28 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores
27 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores
20 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores
13 June 2017 | at sea
11 June 2017 | at sea
10 June 2017 | at sea
Recent Blog Posts
15 September 2017 | Angra do Heroismo

Leaving the Azores tomorrow - hopefully

Hi Mom, after 3 months in the Azores we will attempt to sail to Lisboa tomorrow. Should take about a week. Boat is topped off with fuel as we anticipate lighter conditions until about 200 miles off the Portuguese coast. Will try to update with the radio if I can remember how. Love Tommy

06 September 2017

Visas approved

Hi Mom,

04 September 2017 | Marina Porto das Pipas, Angra do Heroismo, Terceiera, Acores

Visas approved

Hi Mom,

30 August 2017

Last day of summer in Angra do Heroismo?

Hi Mom, We made it to Angra do Heroismo on the island of Terciera Sunday and spent the first two days getting in our applications for tourist visas to allow us additional time in Portugal. We failed to fully understand the rules for the Schengen zone countries where we are only allowed to stay 90 days [...]

26 August 2017

Leaving Velas Tomorrow

Just checked out for departure to Terciera tomorrow morning. Will be a challenge getting up before 9:00. Cruising life was good yesterday. Cleaned up the boat and put stuff away, had drinks on the sea wall with new yachtie friends, then dinner at the Booka where we ate the pig that was being roasted on the back patio. Will be hard to leave after all the good times with good people.

24 August 2017

Watermaker running

After a mere 6 days of dawn to dusk, (or ferry horn to cagarros), the watermaker is installed and running. Anyone want some old sea recovery parts.

Leaving the Azores tomorrow - hopefully

15 September 2017 | Angra do Heroismo
Hi Mom, after 3 months in the Azores we will attempt to sail to Lisboa tomorrow. Should take about a week. Boat is topped off with fuel as we anticipate lighter conditions until about 200 miles off the Portuguese coast. Will try to update with the radio if I can remember how. Love Tommy

Visas approved

06 September 2017
Hi Mom,
We picked up our visas today so we can stay in Portugal until mid December. Then we have to leave. We could try to get resident visas but need to be out of Portugal to apply for those. I don't know how American people spend years in the med legally. However if you are from an Schengen zone country you can stay. Here is a picture of our friends from Velas, Dirk, Uli and Chica the cao (dog). THey came from Germany (originally the eastern part) and stayed and are now building a house on Sao Jorge. Also met an English couple with who just bought a house in Terciera after many years of sailing everywhere.

Visas approved

04 September 2017 | Marina Porto das Pipas, Angra do Heroismo, Terceiera, Acores
Hi Mom,
We heard today that our Portuguese visas are approved and we can go pick them up Wednesday. Now we can watch for some good weather to go to Lisboa. Raised today so I pretty much just laid about and read the except for a trip to the post office where the wait was about 40 minutes. Definitely not in Velas anymore.

Kat added a pic of the rousing game of Mexican Dominos played on our boat a few nights ago here in Angra - Tom with Kay & John, and Carol & Tim - all of us speaking the Yankee english!

Last day of summer in Angra do Heroismo?

30 August 2017
Hi Mom, We made it to Angra do Heroismo on the island of Terciera Sunday and spent the first two days getting in our applications for tourist visas to allow us additional time in Portugal. We failed to fully understand the rules for the Schengen zone countries where we are only allowed to stay 90 days out of 180. This visas will allow us additional time in Portugal but not the other Schengen zone countries, like Spain. Since we were looking at the going to the Canaries in November this is still a problem but perhaps not unsolvable.
Here in Angra summer is coming to a close but you could not tell that today. Beaches and swimming areas were crowded. I was made an honorary member of the Angra Yacht Clube, by simply asking if we could go there. I have my new burgee flying. We borrowed a car and went snorkeling, our first tourist activity in Terciera. Have a nice spot well inside the marina while we wait for our tourist visas from Portugal. If they come by Friday there is a possible weather window Saturday to make a passage for Lisboa, roughly 900 NM or about a week. I am a bit nervous to go offshore again and would like to make the mainland without a bumpy rude through the Portuguese trades.

Leaving Velas Tomorrow

26 August 2017
Just checked out for departure to Terciera tomorrow morning. Will be a challenge getting up before 9:00. Cruising life was good yesterday. Cleaned up the boat and put stuff away, had drinks on the sea wall with new yachtie friends, then dinner at the Booka where we ate the pig that was being roasted on the back patio. Will be hard to leave after all the good times with good people.

Watermaker running

24 August 2017
After a mere 6 days of dawn to dusk, (or ferry horn to cagarros), the watermaker is installed and running. Anyone want some old sea recovery parts.
katface's Photos - Main
Assorted pix of Sao Jorge, the Azores
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Created 9 August 2017
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Created 1 July 2017
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Created 22 June 2017
Bermuda to the Azores, and first days there
13 Photos
Created 15 June 2017
includes clips of NZ winning their race, and of a Bermudian dance troupe
4 Photos
Created 29 May 2017
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Created 22 May 2017
2 Photos
Created 8 May 2017

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