TivoliCruise

17 November 2020 | Slip C-26 RYC
06 March 2020 | Half Moon Bay, CA
27 February 2020 | Pacific Ocean
23 February 2020 | Long Beach, CA
05 February 2020 | San Carlos Anchorage, Magdelena Bay, Baja Sur
31 January 2020 | San Jose del Cabo
28 January 2020 | La Cruz, Banderas Bay
28 January 2020 | La Cruz, Banderas Bay
09 January 2020 | Zihuatanejo, Mx
02 January 2020 | Huatulco, Mexico
27 December 2019 | Bahia del Sol, ES
17 December 2019 | Pez Vele, Costa Rica
11 December 2019 | Vista Mar Marina, Panama
11 December 2019 | Vista Mar Marina, Panama
07 December 2019 | Balboa Yacht Club, Pacific Panama
30 November 2019 | Shelter Bay
26 November 2019 | Shelter Bay
20 November 2019 | San Blas, Shelter Bay
02 November 2019 | Still at Red Frog !
27 October 2019 | Bocas

Golden Gate Bridge

17 November 2020 | Slip C-26 RYC
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Raining tonight
Coming home on March 7, 2020

Someone pointed out that we never finished our blog.
They were right. It has been 8 months and 10 days since we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge......hard to comprehend.

Once in a while we pull out the log - we had Tivoli out for an adventure of a lifetime. The highlights are hard to pinpoint. Most have to do with the people we met and some spetacular sails with landfalls in places like the Azores, the Canaries, Stockholm, Barcelona, The Saints, Bornholm or Cuba. Close to 10 years of memories.

Since this is a sailing blog, we should not mention our homecoming to COVID 19, moving into and landscaping a new home or the addition of SCUPPERS, our 11 week old Labradoodle puppie.

We did use Tivoli over the summer. A trip to the Delta, a couple of overnights on the Bay, but mostly she became our condo on the Bay for work overnights. She also got some needed attention to erase some battlescars from a long cruise. She is looking good with a fresh bottom and 4,000 Lbs of gear offloaded!

One adventure has to complete before the next can begin.
We are not done yet, so stand by for more.

32,759 + 33 = 32,792

06 March 2020 | Half Moon Bay, CA
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Misty
Last day out on this cruise. We are in Half Moon Bay. It is misting and chilly. Last night we had a dinner of local crab, Judy’s favorite, with Barb and Clark. Tomorrow we are doing the last leg back under the Golden Gate Bridge to our slip at RYC.

One question we have been asked often is how many miles we have sailed since we left in September 2010. So, over the last couple of days, we sat down with the log books, did a tally and at the same time had fun remembering things forgotten.

We are at 32,759 NM. Tomorrow will add 33 NM to that for a total of 32,792 NM. That is about 6,558 RYC beer can races, but who is counting?

Cape Horn of the West

27 February 2020 | Pacific Ocean
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Overcast and chilly
This is what Point Conception looked like at 11:00 this morning!

We are making our way North today, currently 90 NM South of Point Sur. Mostly it has been calm, right now we have a light offshore breeze and flat seas.

We had a fun stop in Santa Barbara with our friend Jorgen Kaempe as well as Svend Hoyer and Mary frm RYC stalking us - when we pulled into the slip they were there to greet us with a Danish Flag! Both Svend and Jorgen are from 'the old country'

Baha Bash.....done

23 February 2020 | Long Beach, CA
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Nice winter day
Mike showing Judy how to have just one more tequila shot in Ensenada to make sure her birthday the next day would have to start with Tylenol.

The 800 NM Baja Bash – Cabo to San Diego - got completed in 17 memorable days between February 1 – 17. We did get a little spray on deck for about 10 hours total, the rest of the trip was light or calm and COLD. But as we had envisioned, given enough time and patience allow us to go North without getting beat up, so we were pleased with that.

We spend 5 days waiting in Bahia Magdalena, 2 days in Turtle Bay and a couple of days in Ensenada before arriving at San Diego YC last week.

The Highlights.

• The whales in Mag Bay
• Some really pretty nights under the stars in flat water, fluorescent’s, plenty of birds, dolphins and whales to keep us entertained.
• A surprise meeting with Katie and Chip – one of 3 boats in the Turtle Bay anchorage. We first met them in 2010 cruising Mexico. This time they were on their new power boat and we had a fun time going to shore and share memories over a beer.
• Seeing parts of Turtle Bay no man has seen before, led by a one armed man, trying to extract some pesos to pay for fuel (delivered ultimately in a panga at the highest cost of our entire cruise, $ 7/gal). My bank card did get shut down after trying to get cash at the 3rd tienda!
• A call from Mike Warren ( sailed on Tivoli from Panama to the Caymans in 2010 ). He wanted to be the first to welcome us back to the vicinity of SF. So, he got up at 2 AM and jumped in his car with steaks, California wine and Judy’s birthday present – an electric heater. 12 hours later he arrived for a night on the town, 2 overnights and a fabulous steak dinner for Judy’s 59th birthday on Tivoli. And then he did the 12 hour drive home……..
• Throwing away all our meats, veggies, eggs and fruit before arriving in San Diego so we could answer truthfully to the questions on the online clearance. We were concerned that our multi country rum collection might be up for scrutiny. As it turned out, they cleared us by email when we were 5 miles from San Diego and we never saw an official.
• An afternoon cocktail and snack at SDYC followed by a visit to a favorite sushi restaurant upon arrival in the US
• A newfound love for working phones, internet, gas at a fixed price and the convenience of a quick shopping trip to Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea and Costco.

We enjoyed the hospitality of San Diego YC for a night, 2 nights at Southwestern YC and one night at Oceanside YC, all free. Now in Long Beach before an early morning departure for Santa Barbara. And after that, hopefully a decent weather window to get to Northern California.

Magdalena Bay Whales

05 February 2020 | San Carlos Anchorage, Magdelena Bay, Baja Sur
Judy | Cold enough for the cockpit enclosure to be zipped in !
Gertrude the Gray doing a spy hop.

Why in the world would anyone pay money to watch whales when you have your own boat? I wasn't quite sure how to answer that, I just knew I wanted to and besides, maybe I would learn something and it might help me get over my under lying fear of whales.

So what better place than Magdalena Bay. We are at anchor for a few days waiting for the wind to ease up so we can continue moving north. Mag bay boasts one of the best places to whale watch in Mexico. The Grey whales stop here either to mate or calf in the lagoon this time of year.

We were picked up in a Panga at 7:30 AM and zipped at full speed to a whale camp where we picked up a few more whale watching enthusiast. We were one of the first two boats out in the entrance of the bay. Miguel, the Panga driver, cut the engine. A white glow came between the two boats and ever so slowly a whale surfaced giving a hearty blow. She then swam under the boat, never touching it and re- surfaced on the other side. She did this several times, each time getting closer and closer. She seemed as curious about us as we were about her. She was gentle and majestic. We were all mesmerized.

As more tour boats came the whales became less apt to approach us. Maybe they were busy taking care of business. We did witness what we thought to be two males in hot pursuit of a frisky female. (She did funny things with her tail.)

We watched the whales for hours, feeling privileged. The wind started picking up and it was getting time to go. We were one of the last boats to leave. One final approach to a surfacing whale, she, like the other whale we saw first thing in the morning, slowly came up to the boat as if wanting to be petted. She came up several times as if to tease us. I tried to touch her but she was too deep. She then swam away, arched her back and dove, giving us a tail high five. So we began to pack it up. Then all of a sudden she trusted her head straight up out of the water. This is called a "spy hop". I was so happy Torben hadn't put away his phone just yet and captured this incredible moment. She obviously was saying good-by.

Small album with pictures posted

Multiple dangers negotiated

31 January 2020 | San Jose del Cabo
Torben | It is getting pretty cold
Never got a picture of the whale, but here is the buggy.

Tomorrow morning we are making an attempt to move North from San Jose del Cabo to Magdalena Bay, the first 1/4 of the way North along the Baja Peninsular. Weather seems decent for the next 60 hours, we should be good.

The 280 NM trip up from La Cruz was mostly uneventful - first a motorboat ride in light air for 180 Miles to set up for a windy reach across the Sea of Cortez. Winds were slightly higher than forecast in the low 20's, and the seas on the beam reach made sure we had salt spray over the top of the boat on a frequent basis. No danger there.

What was a bit unnerving was the number of whales we encountered on the last 100 Miles. Just a lot of humpbacks blowing and jumping in close vicinity, and in the white caps they were sometimes difficult to spot. We had 3 instances of having to do sharp 90 degree turns to avoid contact, the closest one probably by less than 10 both lengths, which does not feel like a lot when you are traveling at 8 knots. Fortunately the last hour was in darkness where all danger is invisible.

Our RYC friends Patti and Kirk has a house in San Jose and were kind enough to offer a tour of the Cape. That included a very fun ride, strapped into the back of their buggy, racing down dirt roads while avoiding wild donkeys as they were showing us around the area! We survived that one as well ! Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

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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