svkatface

Vessel Name: katface
Vessel Make/Model: Swan 46
Hailing Port: Annapolis
Crew: Tom and Kat
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
09 June 2017 | at sea
06 June 2017 | at sea
05 June 2017 | at sea
03 June 2017 | at sea
01 June 2017 | at sea
26 May 2017 | St. George, Bermuda
21 May 2017 | Bermuda
19 May 2017 | at sea
17 May 2017 | at sea
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01 July 2017 | Velas, Sao Jorge, the Azores, Portugal

Now at Sao Jorge island... with many P'MOWs

We left Faial late this a.m. and motored in very light wind to the sister island of Sao Jorge, only 20 or so NMs away. It sure felt good to leave the dock again!

28 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores

Left our pawprint in Horta

Here's the mark painted to show the boat was here.

27 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores

Meeting interesting peeps

Still in Horta - planning to depart for Sao Jorge island Thur or Fri. Next post will likely be after we get there.

20 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores

Living the Horta life

Our 6th day here; and not yet feeling that 'time-to-go feeling' that we got to in Bermuda.

Velas - we are not leaving tomorrow

13 July 2017
Hi Mom,
I went scuba diving today. It was good to go diving again. I wore the biggest wetsuit they had. Not a great deal of sea life where we went. May go another time if we stay longer. It was 45 euros to go including all the gear which is about half the cost in the US.

Went to the Port Captain to see if there was a good spot in the marina in Angra on the island of Terciera. There were spots but boats were leaving due to swell in the marina so I told the Captain we are not leaving yet. This is maybe the third time I have told him this in the last week. We are getting to know Velas and the island better and still like it so we may stay until the watermaker I ordered from Italy arrives at the end of the month.

We had a party on the boat with some of the other folks in the marina. It was a success with a good dent in our beer supply.

I think we may stay in the Azores until mid August and then go to Lisboa or maybe Porto.

Kathryn did put a picture of the Bull on a rope in the last post. They used the crane to make an area on the dock for bull and people to interact out of shipping containers. Everyone including women with strollers climbed on them and watch the few brave souls play with the bull. They had 3 different bulls. The first and last were pretty interested in chasing people. There was some effort to try and get the bull to fall into the water but not this day. It is reported to be very traumatic for the bull so I am glad. From a distance it looked like people playing with a really big dog with horns but I had no desire to try myself. I went earlier than Kathryn. When she came to find me she managed to get inside the "play" area and walked by some boxes. She was very surprised to hear and feel bulls trying to get out of them. She reported the feeling of great power. She and all the other females retreated before the signal that bull release was coming.

Survived Festival on Sao Jorge

10 July 2017
Hi Mom,
A day of recovery after the five day festival in Velas. Plan to go to bed before midnight. May move to Angra on Terciera mid week.

Now at Sao Jorge island... with many P'MOWs

01 July 2017 | Velas, Sao Jorge, the Azores, Portugal
Kat
We left Faial late this a.m. and motored in very light wind to the sister island of Sao Jorge, only 20 or so NMs away. It sure felt good to leave the dock again!

Engaging new friends from Helsinki with a wealth of cruising experience Veikko and Hanna - helped us with lines. (And with a bit of celebratory drinking last night!) Looking forward to crossing paths again.

ok, let me explain P'Mau. We saw PMaus all the way from Bermuda to the Azores. For two weeks straight, we saw only a few birds, a few dolphins, and hundreds of PMaus. They were our little ocean pals. As long as they were Over THERE and we were HERE. You do not want to touch a Portuguese Man o'War. Very poisonous jellyfish.

So, here now is a picture of my 11-year-old, trying to poke a PMau with the boat hook. Seconds after I snapped this shot, the boat he'd been leaning on to get himself into position dangling over the PMau, began to ease away from him. "Help!" Tom was suddenly in a very bad position. I leaped off Katface where I'd been taking pics, and pulled the other boat's line so that Tom wouldnt fall in... directly on top of the PMau!

I may have to post the pix and story on my Facebook, as well.

Anyway, the marina here at Velas, Sao Jorge, is much smaller than Horta's, and the town is small as well. It is charming and beautiful. We plan to remain 2, perhaps 3 nights.

Left our pawprint in Horta

28 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores
K
Here's the mark painted to show the boat was here.

Meeting interesting peeps

27 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores
Kat
Still in Horta - planning to depart for Sao Jorge island Thur or Fri. Next post will likely be after we get there.

In the meantime, thought Id add pix of Tommy and the charming and courageous Joe, and Joe's boat, to the Horta album. You need to look in the album to see it - that is not his boat behind them in the pic. Joe single-handed sailed here from his home, Grenada; said it took him 55 days. Wow - well hush mah mouth! no more will I complain about our 15 day passage from Bermuda. Not to mention that his sailing vessel is quite a bit less comfortable and fleet-footed than our Swan 46. e.g., Notice the boom is a piece of bamboo.

I began painting our "mark" today in the Horta marina, so perhaps I WILL post the pic of the completed work before we depart. Hope everyone is well!

Living the Horta life

20 June 2017 | Horta, Faial, The Azores
Kat
Our 6th day here; and not yet feeling that 'time-to-go feeling' that we got to in Bermuda.
We are enjoying the weather, people, and low cost of living. Have a great location now for Katface in a marina slip. $18Euros a day - so cheap!

Yesterday was surely one to celebrate, because Tom was at last able to procure & install a replacement fuel pump for the one that he repaired with a piece of chewing gum! Will put photo in album* with red arrow pointing to the gum, so do look at that thang ... and WONDER at the fact that we were 500 miles from land on open ocean when he jerry-rigged it... and, omg it LASTED through so many miles and a number of engine starts. I admit it was scary.

(*We are meant to be able to add a photo to each post, and I keep trying but it doesnt always seem to work. Seem to only be able to make albums.)

We are close to having all the boat issues that emerged since we left the Cheseapeake, resolved. Replacing the failed water-maker will have to wait til mainland Europe though. FYI, we still had a portion of one of the four hull-tanks of water left when we arrived here, plus a few large storage jugs. (Of course, I washed my hair only once during the first 14 days!! errr.)

We've had some nice gams with fellow sailors here in Horta. Enjoying being in the minority as a US flagged boat, as most are from Europe, especially France. In the new photo, there is Aay from Indonesia, Walter from Germany, Stephen of Australia but now from Sweden, and Mark from Oz. All sailed here from the Carib; and many many more miles before that. True cruisers!

The days are wonderfully long here, sunrise to sunset 6:30am to 9:30pm. We expect to remain here perhaps another week...? Would like to see some of the other 8 islands in the chain. The nearest one, Pico, we will visit by taking the ferry from here. (You can see the top of Pico above the low clouds, in some of the photos). Then, on to Portugal - about 1100 miles, so a mere 5-6 days' sail. Will post again when plans are known.
Thanks for all comments and views!
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