Ridin’ Shotgun, Underneath the Hot Sun

Portugal’s Algarve region has a variety of inland and coastal hiking trails; we set out to tackle as many as we could while sharing a rental car with Bill and Grace.  Just north of Lagos, which paired nicely with an en-route trip to the chandlery, we found the Barragem da Bravura Trail winding ’round the…

Wheelin’ through Algarve

Southern Portugal, the Algarve region, has charmed us with scenery, history, and gastronomy.  We explored the region for several days by car with our friends, Bill and Grace. At Ponta de Sagres, we visited the Sagres Fortress and Lighthouse.  The lighthouse looked a bit puny up close, after having watched it flashing for hours upon…

The New (never improved) Alvor Anchor Club

We set sail for Portugal from the Azores, basically the only location the weather would allow, and traveled for 7-days of unpleasant upwind pounding.  Arriving at Portugal completed our second Atlantic crossing.  We returned to Portugal’s southern coast, an area which already held fond memories for us and still has much to explore. At Portimao,…

Sao Miguel

At Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel our first bit of excitement occurred right on the docks with a long overdue reunion with sailing friends, Matt, Jessica, and Georige (s/v Elements of Life).  We’d sailed in company with Matt and Jess during our first year cruising; it’s been about 5-years since we parted ways and we had…

Terceira

It was difficult to say goodbye to Sao Jorge; we’ve made lifelong friends there, so of course we will return!  An 8-hour sail in light winds brought us to the island of Terceira. At Angra do Heroismo, Terceira we were able to anchor with our refreshed windlass and enjoyed life on the hook for a…

Faja Coffee

There is a hidden gem on the faja of Vimes on Sao Jorge; one of many, I’m sure, as we continue to unearth the wealth of this island.  We took a drive out to the faja, sat back and relaxed in the quiet scene, while we sipped on luscious cups of home grown, hand processed…

“People, Let’s Go!”

Sao Jorge had quickly become our home away from home.  Bill (s/v Calico Skies) stayed for an entire week before returning to his wife and boat in Lisbon, and together we visited Sao Jorge’s highlights.  Between excursions, we enjoyed the company of Filipe and his extended family.  Around the harbor and downtown in Velas, we…

Arrival of Twins

Urzelina, the town neighboring Velas along the south coast of Sao Jorge, had an energetic buzz in anticipation for the arrival of a new boat!  We were also excited because our friend, Bill (s/y Calico Skies), was delivering this new boat from Portugal.  We hadn’t seen Bill for over a year, since our shenanigans in…

“Not today!” said the windlass

It took a bit of tacking upwind, but we had a lovely day sail from Horta, Faial to Velas, Sao Jorge. Anchoring is free at Velas, and we obtained a reliable report that good holding could be found in sandy areas between the shoreline and the marina’s breakwater.  We were looking forward to swinging on…

Sailors’ Graffiti

We had a few, very small projects to complete after our passage to the Azores but for the first time in our cruising history one of these projects was actually FUN! The walls and sidewalks that encircle the harbor of Horta, Faial are decorated from top to bottom by the thousands of sailors who pass…