TivoliCruise

23 September 2017
20 September 2017 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
28 March 2017 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
24 March 2017 | Puerto del Rey, PR
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

Thank you, Samuel

23 September 2017
Still standing.

Samuel our boat manager went around and re-tensioned all the tie downs between Irma and Maria.

It worked!

Waiting for news

20 September 2017 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
j&t
Last shot!

We are still waiting for news from Puerto Rico, not thinking we will hear anything for a day or two.

I was up at 4:42 in the morning Puerto Rico time watching the radar and wind data from the National Weather Service. The wind data for Fajardo disappeared when the gusts hit 80 knots and the San Juan Radar got knocked out shortly after.

From the data it looks like we were pretty close to the N. Eye wall of Hurricane Maria, so it is probably likely that there will be damage.

We have a boat manager, Samuel. Surely he will be busy taking care of his family and house, should he have one left. When we hear from him we will post an update.

End of season

28 March 2017 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Judy
Carting away from Puerto del Rey with our stuff.

It doesn't matter how you dice it, it's always a chore putting Tivoli away for the season. We started the process while at anchor in Bahia de Almodovar in Culebra. Perfect spot to get the main off the boom and dismantle the stack pack. We would have done more but we ran out of water after pickling the water maker. This was one time I felt sorry for Torben. At days end he went to shower and just soaped up all his nooks and crannies and we ran out of water. I was secretly happy it was him and not me!

Bahia de Almodovar


So off we went the next day to Puerto Del Rey Marina in Fajardo where Tivoli will be put to bed for the summer. Next up was getting rid of the food. Despite our efforts to eat everything left over from the crossing, we could only eat so much homemade pizza with Spanish chorizo and red garlic. So I invited Mary over from S/V Neko, to play "store". You'd think she struck gold when I offered her a jar of Colman's yellow mustard that I brought all the way from London! She left with two large canvas bags filled to the brim.

Mary shopping


This is the seventh time we have gone through this arduous process. You'd think we would be getting used to it but we are always surprised at how much work it is and how long it takes. One project always leads to another "unexpected "project as usual, and the weather would not cooperate and continued to thwart our efforts to dry the sails. Finally, the afternoon before hauling we had a break in the rain and we able to clear the canvas and fold and stow the sails.




We spent our final night with Pete and Mary on S/V Neko. They took mercy on us by feeding us dinner and inviting us to sleep in their spare hull! They refer to us as their "God Parents" because we helped launch them on their cruising dream four years ago. Torben and I find this term of endearment funny and realized we have come full circle. We too, had cruising friends that were older then us, whom we referred to as "our parents".

Howard and Lynn of S/V Swift Current



So now our 6th season comes to an end. Tivoli has taken us this season from Denmark, Germany, England, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Balaric Islands, Canary Islands, Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas, Spanish Virgins and finally Puerto Rico. Maybe she's happy to have a rest! Luck would have it, the yard has placed her right next to a Danish boat from Kastrup which is 3 miles from where Torben grew up! Good thing Tivoli can speak Danish!



Pig Hwy........really?

24 March 2017 | Puerto del Rey, PR
Judy
This is the pretty side of the pig......

Torben and I are, yet again, faced with the chore of putting Tivoli away for the season. (She’s very confused by this whole thing, for her the party was just getting started!) I was just remarking to Torben how it’s always emotional tucking her in and driving away. We think we found a good nanny here in Puerto Del Rey but it’s always un-nerving, especially leaving her in a hurricane zone.

The Puerto Del Ray Marina is a trip, literally. It is the largest marina in the Caribbean boosting 1,000 boats! They have 24-7 golf cart service to the Marina heads and bars. It’s always a race!

But let’s talk about the “Pig Highway”. We have toured Puerto Rico several times and thought we saw much of it. But today for the first time, Torben and I cruised the “Pig Highway” in a rental car. Our friends on S.V. Neko pointed us in the right direction with the condition we bring back 2 pounds of roast pig. (Might he be Danish?)
The “pig highway” is on highway 184 in the town of Guavate. We came across maybe 20 road side cafeteria style restaurants that served cooked bananas, sweet potatoes and yellow rice as side dishes. Upon ordering, a guy went out with a machete, cut off a chunk of meat, with the skin attached of course, and plopped it on our paper plates. Torben was in hog heaven! I had to turn away when he gave the head a big SWACK and left it sitting on the cutting board. I don’t think that was a pig’s ear I just ate….. During the weekend these establishments come alive with locals, music and plenty of local Medalla beer.
This was our lay day. Now it’s pedal to the metal folding and storing sails, dingy put away, galley cleaning….the list goes on! We’ll be hauling on Monday.

Culebra

19 March 2017
T
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
T
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.
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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