Vivaldi Passages

Welcome to our cruise. I would try to share as much as I can of our experience of our sail experience from Marion to Guadeloupe and wherever I sail

Vessel Name: Vivaldi
Vessel Make/Model: Hinckley 51
Hailing Port: Marion, MA
16 February 2018 | Jolly Harbour, Antigua
11 November 2017 | Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua
10 November 2017 | 20 06.2'N:61 38.9'W,
07 November 2017 | 28 03.2'N:62 46.2'W,
05 November 2017 | 32 17.9'N:64 36.5'W,
01 November 2017 | 38 09.9'N:69 59.5'W,
16 October 2017 | 41 42.4'N:70 45.3'W, Marion, Ma
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,
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16 February 2018 | Jolly Harbour, Antigua

The crew...

Since my arrival in Antigua in November, I’ve spent most of my sailing thinking time searching for crew for the next legs of the trip. It has not been easy. I exhausted my sailor friends who have their own boats, works and lives. So, I started to look for crew outside my circle. I tried the OCC who [...]

11 November 2017 | Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua

Antigua

We arrived to Antigua on a smooth close hauled sail with light wind around 10kn. Clearing customs was super easy because they use an online system and I had already entered all the information required. At the dock, we met other boats that they were in the same plan than us but the marina was surprisingly empty. It seems that we beat most of the boats traveling to Antigua. The season is just starting and there were at least 100 boats on the hard. The crew helped me with a thorough cleaning of the boat and flew back home next day. After laundry, I went to introduce myself to two other OCC boats, Mermaid and Sweet Dreams. Actually, I had met Sweet Dreams few years ago in Croatia. They came for dinner on Vivaldi to share stories and to help me to empty the fridge. It’s nice to find friends at places where you sail.

10 November 2017 | 20 06.2'N:61 38.9'W,

180 miles to destination

The past days have been delightful. Wind from the beam 10 to 15 kn, moving along at 7 kn. Not too sunny, not too cloudy. Last night, it was a little bit more uncomfortable since it got more humid and the wind picked up into the 20's and Vivaldi was playing the waves more animated. Few days ago, we got a nice dorado. It was filleted and eaten that night. We also got a stowaway that rode with us for few hours. It was a Snowy Egret that somehow landed on our boat for an afternoon rest. At night, it flew away to end its journeyÉ We have been eating well, not sure if we lost weight. Last night, we had a earthy meal of beef stew with a cream mushroom sauce that it was good but heavy. It should have been eaten at a table with a nice red wine and not, on wild jumping vessel. The rest of the ride to Antigua looks pretty good, fast and dry.

The crew...

16 February 2018 | Jolly Harbour, Antigua
Gian Luca Fiori
Since my arrival in Antigua in November, I’ve spent most of my sailing thinking time searching for crew for the next legs of the trip. It has not been easy. I exhausted my sailor friends who have their own boats, works and lives. So, I started to look for crew outside my circle. I tried the OCC who has a sponsorship youth program but the 6-8 candidates offered didn’t work out. I started to look at web sites; basically, they are dating sites for sailors. I posted on Crewseekers.com where I got several responses but most of them where from candidates located in Europe that were interested in the long legs but not the short ones. I wanted to use the short legs to meet new people before embarking on a long leg with a person that I don’t know and possible, we didn’t like each other. The search was not progressing in the right direction and I was getting disappointed of not being able to sail long distances because of lack of crew. While I was watching the divisional game of the Patriots at a bar in Jolly Harbour, I met a Captain of a larger sailing boat and he recommended OPO, Offshore Passage Opportunities. I found them and spoke to Hank who runs personally this dating service. After understanding my needs which are not unique, he sent an email to his 400 members and I started to get responses. These candidates were located in the US, mostly retired, average age around 55 and with some varied sailing experience. I interviewed 8 of them and selected five to try.
I’m off to the BVI with Donna and Joe. I’m planning to day sail from island to island and learn to sail with unfamiliar crew.

Antigua

11 November 2017 | Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua
Gian Luca
We arrived to Antigua on a smooth close hauled sail with light wind around 10kn. Clearing customs was super easy because they use an online system and I had already entered all the information required. At the dock, we met other boats that they were in the same plan than us but the marina was surprisingly empty. It seems that we beat most of the boats traveling to Antigua. The season is just starting and there were at least 100 boats on the hard. The crew helped me with a thorough cleaning of the boat and flew back home next day. After laundry, I went to introduce myself to two other OCC boats, Mermaid and Sweet Dreams. Actually, I had met Sweet Dreams few years ago in Croatia. They came for dinner on Vivaldi to share stories and to help me to empty the fridge. It’s nice to find friends at places where you sail.

180 miles to destination

10 November 2017 | 20 06.2'N:61 38.9'W,
Gian Luca
The past days have been delightful. Wind from the beam 10 to 15 kn, moving along at 7 kn. Not too sunny, not too cloudy. Last night, it was a little bit more uncomfortable since it got more humid and the wind picked up into the 20's and Vivaldi was playing the waves more animated. Few days ago, we got a nice dorado. It was filleted and eaten that night. We also got a stowaway that rode with us for few hours. It was a Snowy Egret that somehow landed on our boat for an afternoon rest. At night, it flew away to end its journeyÉ We have been eating well, not sure if we lost weight. Last night, we had a earthy meal of beef stew with a cream mushroom sauce that it was good but heavy. It should have been eaten at a table with a nice red wine and not, on wild jumping vessel. The rest of the ride to Antigua looks pretty good, fast and dry.
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