TivoliCruise

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
09 February 2017 | 2645 NM to Virgin Gorda
08 February 2017 | Gran Canarie 10 NM
07 February 2017 | Departing Marina Lanzarote
31 January 2017
29 January 2017 | Marina Lanzerote
23 December 2016
19 October 2016 | Lanzarote Marina
16 October 2016 | Arrecife, Lanzarote
11 October 2016 | En Route to the Canaries
08 October 2016 | Gibraltar
07 October 2016 | Gibraltar
02 October 2016 | Barcelona
26 September 2016 | Barcelona
22 September 2016 | Back in Barcelona
18 September 2016 | Barcelona, Spain

Squalls to Doldrums

13 February 2017 | 2096 NM to Virgin Gorda
T
GMT noon pos on Monday Feb 13 22 48 N 27 28 W Distance to Gorda 2096 NM 24 hour noon to noon run 116 NM, made good 108 NM

Nothing much to report, last night was a combo of squalls and not much wind behind them, last big squall at noon was the best with plenty of wind! We now seem to be in the doldrums. All day we have been hand steering in very light wind trying to keep a 3 knot average - sometimes a little difficult with the ocean swells knocking the wind out of the sails. We tried to reach with the kite for a while, but the jib turned out a better pick.

On the plus side, showers all around and weather warming up to the point where t-shirts and shorts were the attire of the day.

Reefs out of the Main

12 February 2017 | 2204 NM to Virgin Gorda
Torben
GMT noon pos on Sunday 2/12 23 35 N 25 31 W 24 hour run noon to noon 156 NM, distance made good 138 NM

We were down to a double reef in the main for the night with squalls in the 30 knot range and medium winds above 20. In the late hours we finally got tired of the very close reach and dove south for 5 hours for a more comfortable point of sail. The system is now gone and we are sailing upwind in 12 knots of breeze and nice sunshine.

Looks like some light days ahead with some possible motoring in the mix, we have not run the engine for almost 48 hours to charge as the wind gen and solar panes are doing their jobs.

The laundry situation on arrival is looking promising so far. Judy is still wearing her black fleece pants, pink t-shirt and blue top - the laundry bag seems to be completely empty, but maybe she has a secret stash somewhere. Phil put away his fleece earlier today after he did a sponge bath and shaved - he is now looking pretty happy ( 5 PM ) in his Blue Jeans (??? ) driving the boat. He has got to be the easiest person in the world to please.....throw some nuts and food at him 3 times a day, and he just keeps ticking , when not snoring. Tonight's dinner, Baby Back Rib that were reserved for the half way party but accidentally thawed out.

Squall busting the wrong way

11 February 2017 | 2342 NM to Virgin Gorda
Torben
GMT noon pos on Saturday 2/11 24 52 N 023 03 W Distance to Gorda 2342 Noon to noon run 165 NM, made good 164 NM

We have some helpers on shore looking at weather info and routing for us. Jim Gregory is sitting on Morpheus in Barcelona, Ed Easter buried in the snow in Maine. They can download more detailed weather files than us, and come up with suggestions for what course to steer.

Based on the latest files from Jim, we turned West to closer follow the direct route and shave off some miles over the traditional southern run. The positive result was reflected in the last 24 hour run, where the distance sailed and the miles made good were almost identical. There is only one downside to the scenario for us, namely that the nice downwind run with the spinnaker or jib poled out got replaced by.......close reaching, and squalls.

All day today we have been adjusting sails every 30 minutes as we have had winds to 30 knots on the squall line to 8 knots behind them. The dominant wind is around 16 or so, enough to make it a bumpy and slightly wet affair. The biggest beneficiary of the whole thing is our wind generator pumping out nice amounts of power! At least we are moving which is good as we expect light winds in the next couple of days.

All else is still good on Tivoli.

2645 NM to Virgin Gorda

10 February 2017 | 2645 NM to Virgin Gorda
Judy
GMT noon pos Friday Feb 10 25 25.8 N 020 05.8 W 24 hour noon to noon run 160 NM, made good 139 NM Wind 20 knots +, beam reaching.

Today was an incredible day. First thing this morning we set out to see what was gobbling up power. Torben was pretty sure it was the wind generator as the green charging light was not coming on when the unit was spinning. After close examination he realized that when he refurbished the unit he painted over the indicator light! As it turned out, a fuse was the problem, and all is fixed.

We decided to give the batteries a little help, That meant hand steering. That is what made the day incredible. We had winds in the high teens, gusts in the mid twenty's, confused seas. Tivoli took it all in stride and charged at 8 knots with a reef in the main until dark.

Today was to be a shower day, but conditions thwarted that notion. At one point as I was driving, Torben pokes his head up and before I knew it there was a pair of tidie whities headed right for me. I watched in horror as the wad unfolded on approach. I ducked to avoid being hit by the underwear, caught by the breeze, flew to leward, toppled into the water and disappeared. Torben, proud of his aim, declared this an incredible day because a change of underwear is as good as a shower! I beg to differ......

No word about Phil today. He only came out of is bunk around noon to look for lunch, and when none was found swiftly climbed back into bed banking zzzzz's to be ready for any disasters to evolve.

Small progress

09 February 2017 | 2645 NM to Virgin Gorda
Torben
GMT noon pos on Thursday 2/9 26 48.4 N 17 34.1 W 24 hour noon to noon run 117 NM sailed, 110 NM made good.

I was slower getting out of Dodge than anticipated. We ended up becalmed for over 6 hours before the wind finally filled in after midnight. To make up for it we set our spinnaker at first light and have had it up all day, making 5 - 6 knots @ 250 degrees. Not very fast but we are happy to be moving.

We are falling in to a good routine, getting plenty of rest - on for 2 hours, off for 4 is the schedule right now. Eating well, last night was Gulash a la Budapest, egg sandwich for breakfast.

First Night

08 February 2017 | Gran Canarie 10 NM
Torben
We left Puerto Calero after getting fuel at 4 pm, night has been spend in 15 - 18 knots from behind making our way South to pass Gran Canarie.

Hungarian Chicken for dinner, Kelly eggs for breakfast.

Currently doing 7 knots on a broad reach in broken sunshine - it is not warm yet
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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