TivoliCruise

19 March 2017
14 March 2017 | Green Cay, BVI
12 March 2017 | Kokomo, Great Camanoe, BVI
05 March 2017
04 March 2017 | Gorda Sound
03 March 2017 | Virgin Gorda, BVI
03 March 2017 | Saba Rock, BVI
27 February 2017 | 30 NM to Virgin Gorda
27 February 2017 | 196 NM to Virgin Gorda
26 February 2017 | 362 NM to Virgin Gorda
25 February 2017 | 509 NM to Virgin Gorda
23 February 2017 | 646 NM to Virgin Gorda
23 February 2017 | 769 NM to Virgin Gorda
22 February 2017 | 896 NM to Virgin Gorda
21 February 2017 | 1073 NM to Virgin Gorda
20 February 2017 | 1216 NM to Virgin Gorda
13 February 2017 | 2096 NM to Virgin Gorda
12 February 2017 | 2204 NM to Virgin Gorda
11 February 2017 | 2342 NM to Virgin Gorda
10 February 2017 | 2645 NM to Virgin Gorda

Culebra

19 March 2017
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Double reef safety at Bahia de Almodovar.

We have sailed by the anchorage at Almodovar a number of times. It is at the SE end of Culebra, always looked inviting, but just a little to sketchy to get into. It is surrounded by some double reefs with narrow access, and the final entrance shows 10 feet on the chart, just a 2 foot margin for getting Tivoli in. It also shows an island that sunk, so a little confusing on approach.

But Pete and Mary of Neko had been here for a few days getting out of a persistent N swell, so yesterday we left the BVI's, checked into the US in Charlotte Amalie, then came across today.

Inside it is calm enough to play snooker if we had a table, even with swell and waves on the on the outside.

There are 6 boats in here tonight, a fraction of what we have seen in recent days. Just moving 25 NM out of the more popular spots in the BVI's makes a world of difference. We will hang here for a day or two to swim and do some pre-haul stuff - in a week we will haul for the summer in Puerto Rico.



Back on the hook

14 March 2017 | Green Cay, BVI
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No good picture from today, so here is one from Judy's Birthday mid Atlantic.

We left Kokomo yesterday, and are now in cruise mode for the next week. Currently anchored off Green Cay, Jost Van Dyke, we are getting a few boat chores done and plan on some swimming and snorkeling.

Kokomo

12 March 2017 | Kokomo, Great Camanoe, BVI
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Villa life can be rough.

One of the problems waiting to long posting blogs is.........too many things happen, and you can't possibly remember them all.

So we will skip over the Champagne on arrival, babysitting ITA, hiking with Mary & Pete, going to Penns Landing to pick up Denny's Delight for survey, having dinner with the Morris's at their house.............and a bunch of other stuff.

For the last week we have decompressed - and done laundry - at Villa Kokomo. Our friends Denny and Jim graciously offered us to stay for a while as they are back in Sonoma, CA.

The timing was good as an unusual weather system swept in over the BVI's last week. It got cold, and rain came down for 2 almost full days in buckets. Oh, and the rain was blowing sideways in the 30+ knot winds as well, so we felt good about leaving Tivoli on a mooring and be on solid ground. As a matter of fact, it got so cold we needed blankets, fleece and socks to stay warm.

The winds were quite severe, so when we came back to the Villla 4 days ago with a bunch of groceries, the power was gone. Talking to a neighbor, we were told this happens frequently during storms, no worry, it always comes back after a few hours.

Well, 60 hours later, the power company finally got new power lines hung. Phone and Internet will not be happening anytime soon as the electrical lines fell down on top of the phone lines and totally fried them on Camanoe - where there used to be a phone line in the wall at the house is now a black, burned spot! Anyway, it was cozy to cook on the emergency camping stove, and we did have a Coleman lantern, 2 flashlights and a bucket for the water.........when the power went off, the electrical pump that feeds the faucet's stopped, so you pull water out of the cistern for drinking, cooking and flushing.

Tomorrow ( or the next day ) we will get back on Tivoli and work our way West with a boatful of clean clothes!

Hello ITA

05 March 2017
We got to babysit Ita for a few days on Tivoli while Deb and Jim were busy at the Swan Regatta.

Goodbye Phil

04 March 2017 | Gorda Sound
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Putting Phil on the ferry to Trellis Bay - thanks for the help!

Arrival

03 March 2017 | Virgin Gorda, BVI
Freshly showered, clean shirts, we are happy to be across.
Vessel Name: Tivoli
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau First 42s7
Hailing Port: Point Richmond, CA
Crew: Judy & Torben Bentsen
About:
On September 11, 2010 we cast off the dock lines from our home port of Richmond Yacht Club, California with an agenda of a multi year cruise. Season 1 took us down the coast of Mexico and we ended the season in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. [...]
Extra:
TIVOLI is a 1994 Beneteau 42s7. Once upon a time she was a fairly competitive race boat, now - in her old age - she is content being weighed down with a lot of cruising stuff. We raised the waterline twice before leaving Richmond Yacht Club to compensate for the anchors, chain, water maker, extra [...]
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