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Vessel Name: katface
Vessel Make/Model: Swan 46
Hailing Port: Annapolis
Crew: Tom and Kat
26 May 2017 | St. George, Bermuda
21 May 2017 | Bermuda
19 May 2017 | at sea
17 May 2017 | at sea
16 May 2017 | at sea
15 May 2017 | Hampton Yacht Club
12 May 2017 | Fishing Cove on the Piankatank River Virginia
07 May 2017 | Annapolis Harbor
01 May 2017 | Still in MDYC
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26 May 2017 | St. George, Bermuda

Skinks, then Kiwis

Saw this cute blue guy whilst walking through St. George's. He puffed out his throat up for me - bright orange! but then a car came by and scared him over the wall. Caught him in the pic with his curious head poking up. A data splurge on google ID'd him as a Bermuda Skink. Screenshot of both pics. [...]

21 May 2017 | Bermuda

Sea Critters

Yay, we are in Bermuda - anchored in the harbor near the Clearance/Customs House, along with, oh, 50 other yachts - some huge. Will likely stay here several days as it's free and easy access to St. George's town via dingy. Weather is GORGEOUS.

19 May 2017 | at sea

CLoser to Bermuda

Hi Mom, We are about 200 nm north west of Bermuda doing about 7 to 8 knots with 10 degrees of heal. All is well. All was no so great yesterday when the wind came up to 25NT with lots of confused seas. I confess we both just wanted to go back somewhere, anywhere else. However the sun is out and the boat is moving so maybe this passage stuff isn't completely stupid. T

17 May 2017 | at sea

Gulf Stream and the Asym

Hi Mom, Started sailing ast night about 10:00. Made good progress but wind died at dawn so we started the motor. Kathryn suggested using the spinnaker. After considering this and napping i put it up about noon. What a difference. We are zooming along with about 10 to 12 knots of true wind making 7 [...]

16 May 2017 | at sea

360 degree water view

Hi Mom, on our way. motoring in light winds, no waves, Kathryn thinking about dinner. Hampton YC was a fantastic stopover. T

15 May 2017 | Hampton Yacht Club

Now we wait for weather to go

Hi Mom, Made is to Hampton so the next stop is Bermuda. Last input on Saturday was to leave Wednesday for good winds almost all the way there. WIll check in with the weather guy tonight. Hampton yacht club is great an the people have been really nice. A couple even loaned us their car to go get dinner. T

Skinks, then Kiwis

26 May 2017 | St. George, Bermuda
Saw this cute blue guy whilst walking through St. George's. He puffed out his throat up for me - bright orange! but then a car came by and scared him over the wall. Caught him in the pic with his curious head poking up. A data splurge on google ID'd him as a Bermuda Skink. Screenshot of both pics. My guy was EXTRA blue :D

Still hanging out in St. George's Harbour. On Wed., took the bus to Hamilton (the Big Smoke, lol) and watched the national holiday, Bermuda Day parade. Charming! Today, we are boat-bound: 'strong winds continue as a cold front brings showers, gale force gusts, and a chance of thunderstorms. The front will pass this evening.'

Tomorrow, will take ferry to America's Cup Race Village, and watch 4 races in the prelim/Louis Vitton Cup - including USA v NZL. Go Kiwis!! Hoping to buy a Meat Pie and a Stein'ie (beer) in the NZL tent.

Thinking about leaving for The Azores early this coming week. Our Water Maker did not make successful transition from brackish/ChesBay to full salt water. Tom says it's leaking sufficient pressure for the conversion, and no more kludging is possible. Will have to replace in Europe.

Can u see the photos I post? It is not clear that they are visible to 'the audience'.

Sea Critters

21 May 2017 | Bermuda
Kat Venator
Yay, we are in Bermuda - anchored in the harbor near the Clearance/Customs House, along with, oh, 50 other yachts - some huge. Will likely stay here several days as it's free and easy access to St. George's town via dingy. Weather is GORGEOUS.

The first night of the passage, while I was on watch at 10pm, a Clown-cart of dolphins came alongside the cockpit where I sat, and began leaping in the air to get my attention! I swear that's why - because normally, dolphins prefer to ride the bow wave at front. These guys wanted to see who was on the boat! Every time one would leap - and look sidewise at me, grinning! - I'd shout "hello!" They took off after about 5 minutes. What a wonderful escort to the Gulf Stream! There is something so absolutely charmful and chuckley about them! I think we say 'a Pod' of dolphins, but it should be 'a Clown-cart'!

I felt blessed, and serene for quite a while afterward.

The next night, at about 2am - a flying fish landed on the deck near me and went into whirly-gig mode, flopping One million MPS! Tom and i had seen just a few of these creatures. in the sea, during the day. My visitor was 9 inches long, as thick as my wrist at her midsection, and lavender colored with lacy white angel wings. I tried to grab her to throw her back in, but SO slippery... plus, she freaked out! now TWO Mil MPS whirlygigging, and eventually got herself off the boat and back home.

I discovered my spectacles (for some nearsightedness) are more useful on the boat then I would have thought. To wit: Yesterday, Tom and I were uptop. Me: How is it that those Big Gulp drink lids can float /vertically/ in the water, like a sail? Tom: Those are Portuguese Man'o'Wars. Me: (puts on glasses) Oh! ... Seriously tho, it is great having my captain not only be clever and skilled at sailing, engines, electronics --but also be a terrific lay-naturalist! Tom can identify a great lot of fish, birds, etc - from memory. Amazing!

While on watch one night shift, I composed some possible narrative for your website, Dunx, which I will send soon. Is expensive to use cellular (eg, 50c per each text, dont even mention data transfer) so I will buy a 24 hour day pass and get a lot down then. Eg, I have a Float Plan ready, and will email tomorrow. Will also learn what my stock portfolio did in the past 10 days! For what it's worth knowing, when we are posting to the blog through the HAM radio, we cannot SEE the actual blog ourselves,(or comments thereto). On a wifi day, then we get to see, and can post pix - so look for pix tomorrow.

CLoser to Bermuda

19 May 2017 | at sea
Tom Venator
Hi Mom, We are about 200 nm north west of Bermuda doing about 7 to 8 knots with 10 degrees of heal. All is well. All was no so great yesterday when the wind came up to 25NT with lots of confused seas. I confess we both just wanted to go back somewhere, anywhere else. However the sun is out and the boat is moving so maybe this passage stuff isn't completely stupid. T

Gulf Stream and the Asym

17 May 2017 | at sea
Tom Venator
Hi Mom, Started sailing ast night about 10:00. Made good progress but wind died at dawn so we started the motor. Kathryn suggested using the spinnaker. After considering this and napping i put it up about noon. What a difference. We are zooming along with about 10 to 12 knots of true wind making 7 knots of boat speed and we get another 4 now from the current. Awesome!

Hope all is well. We are eating small meals but doing ok.

T

360 degree water view

16 May 2017 | at sea
Tom Venator
Hi Mom, on our way. motoring in light winds, no waves, Kathryn thinking about dinner. Hampton YC was a fantastic stopover. T

Now we wait for weather to go

15 May 2017 | Hampton Yacht Club
Tom Venator
Hi Mom, Made is to Hampton so the next stop is Bermuda. Last input on Saturday was to leave Wednesday for good winds almost all the way there. WIll check in with the weather guy tonight. Hampton yacht club is great an the people have been really nice. A couple even loaned us their car to go get dinner. T
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