Vivaldi Passages

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Vessel Name: Vivaldi
Vessel Make/Model: Hinckley 51
Hailing Port: Marion, MA
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08 June 2014
29 May 2014 | 40 12'N:71 22'W,
27 May 2014 | 37 52.9'N:71 36.3'W,
23 May 2014 | 28 21.4'N:79 56.3'W,
05 March 2014
19 January 2014 | Antigua
17 January 2014 | 17 22.5'N:60 00.3'W,
15 January 2014 | 17 31.3'N:54 31.8'W,
13 January 2014 | 17 53.7'N:48 36.6'W,
11 January 2014 | 18 16.8'N:42 48.7'W,
09 January 2014 | 18 19.4'N:37 25.3'W,
07 January 2014 | 18 52.3'N:32 05.8'W,
06 January 2014 | 19 46.7'N:29 15.3'W,
04 January 2014 | 22 16.1'N:23 41.4'W,
03 January 2014 | 23 57.6'N:21 21.8'W,
01 January 2014 | 26 45.1'N:16 58.6'W,
30 December 2013 | Las Palmas
29 December 2013 | Lanzarotte, Marina Rubicon, Playa Blanca
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08 June 2014

It's done!!

Now that Vivaldi is back on her mooring, somewhat clean, I can claim the Atlantic Circuit is closed. It took 9400 miles, 300 days in which we sailed 60 days at an average speed of 6.9 knots. The maximum wind was 37 knots, the biggest wave was enormous. We used the engine for 400 hours and the Generator [...]

29 May 2014 | 40 12'N:71 22'W,

Not quite there...

After we crossed the midpoint of Cape Hatteras, we continued on the Gulf Stream for another good 24 hours. Then, the wind turned to NE and continued to increase. In the afternoon, we were battling waves and winds of 30 kn and above. We continued heading East until the direction of the wind got to 45ΒΌ and then we tacked to head straight to Buzzards Bay light. However, the winds continued to increase and we were barely making a headway. We were just pounding the poor Vivaldi against the ocean. So, we decided to heave to. Amazing, it worked. We backfilled the staysail, let a little on the triple reef main and lashed the wheel to windward. The pounding totally stop, the healing became moderate and the ocean was going underneath of us all the time. Inside, was very quite. We were exhausted so we took turns to keep a watch and we slept for few hours with the intention of sailing again by midnight. However, it was too cold and windy that we decided to continue to heave to until day light. The winds are around 20 still from the NE but we are making progress toward our destination that is 70 miles North of us.

27 May 2014 | 37 52.9'N:71 36.3'W,

Almost there..

As always getting close to the destination has some obstacles. We have had a nice ride since we left Fort Lauderdale mostly on low winds. Yesterday, we crossed Cape Hatteras that is an important milestone for this leg. The winds were favorable from the south and we got back in full on the Gulf Stream. [...]

It's done!!

08 June 2014
Gian Luca Fiori
Now that Vivaldi is back on her mooring, somewhat clean, I can claim the Atlantic Circuit is closed. It took 9400 miles, 300 days in which we sailed 60 days at an average speed of 6.9 knots. The maximum wind was 37 knots, the biggest wave was enormous. We used the engine for 400 hours and the Generator for 300 hours. The circuit took me to 22 different places where we anchored only 8 times in fabulous places, the rest of places were marinas in bigger ports. Most of the time we sailed on a starboard reach, we only beat arriving to Flores and the last 100 miles before reaching New England back. Vivaldi is a great vessel and in good condition. We had few problems that were solved over time. The second alternator failed, the autopilot and the hydraulic van run out of oil (I'm still wondering where the oil went), we rip a little the genoa on the UV cover, a docking scratch done by a nail at the dock, the baby stay started to fail, the radar that we very seldom used got disconnected during the last storm, as well as the check valve on the hot water tank that suffered from the beating of the weather. We fished one tuna, three dorados and one wahoo. We drank closed to 350 beers, we made 400 gallons of water, we ate plenty. The passages were with a crew of five, four or three.

I don't have enough words to thank Chip, Sue, Pike, Bob, Angela, Stefano, Bernardo, Diego, Pablo, Todd, Miguel, Maria, Linda, Larry, Mike, Joe, Greg, Miles, Sabrina, John W. and John C. A total of 21 dear friends that joined me to make this dream a reality. Also, I need to thank Antonio that supported and trusted me with his boat. And last but not least, the gods that protected us from accidents and bad weather.
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