TivoliCruise

24 February 2024 | Ixtapa, Mx
18 February 2024 | Zihuatanejo Mx
11 February 2024 | Zihuatanejo Mx
01 January 2024 | Barra de Navidad, Mx
13 December 2023 | La Cruz
12 December 2023 | Punta Mita, Banderas Bay
05 December 2023 | Marina El Cid, Mazatlan
27 November 2023 | Puerto Escondido, BJ, Mx
25 November 2023
12 November 2023 | San Jose del Cabo
06 November 2023 | Bahia Santa Maria
06 November 2023 | Turtle Bay
30 October 2023 | Coronado Roads
30 October 2023 | San Diego, CA
27 October 2023 | Southwestern YC, San Diego
22 October 2023 | Cat Harbor, Catalina Island
17 October 2023 | Santa Monica Bay
14 October 2023 | Prisoners, Channel Islands
09 October 2023 | Monterey Bay
03 October 2023 | Copperopolis, CA

Return starts

24 February 2024 | Ixtapa, Mx
Torben & Judy Bentsen | overcast with Southerly winds
Judy's head is bananas

Today we are turning the boat North towards Richmond, some 1800 Nautical Miles away. We figure it will take about a month to get home and that the rain will magically be ended by the time we get there.

Our last couple of days were consumed by hosting a Sunset Cruise for 12 to benefit the Los Ninos charity, have several 'goodbye and see you later' dinners with Mike and Linda and clean up the boat for some off shore upwind sailng and motoring!

We also stocked up on provisions at the colorful market in Z-town - I tried to get a picture of Judy shipping produce, but she repeatedly hid her head behind a bunch of bananas!.

First leg will take us to San Jose del Cabo, 560 NM away on what looks like a good weather window - we shold be there in 4 days.

Sailfest 2024

18 February 2024 | Zihuatanejo Mx
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Sunny today
The 13 person group for the Parade.

Por los Ninos and Sailfest has worked together for over 20 years to build and maintain schools for underpriviliged kids in Zihuatanejo for some 20 years. They also provide scholarships for High School and Collage for students.

It is a 2 week event with music, fundraiser dinners and much more and the cruisers coming here during the season help out both on and off the water. The on the water stuff includes a big Parade ( this year 18 boats ) taking out folks donating 500 pesos each for the ride, so yesterday we had 13 people come out for some hours to Parade and whale watch. A fun group of mostly Canadians here for the winter.
Later in the week we will be hosting a sunset cruise for a similar sized group, all good fun for a good cause.

We are also blessed with Mike and Linda visiting, partly staying on Tivoli and a local hotel. They actually checked in to the hotel a few days early after Linda got a pretty upset tummy. We are not sure if it was caused by some food or a wild night at anchor! 2 nights ago we had a very unusual front come through just after midnight with rain and thunderstorms. it gusted up to almost 30 knots and got quite rocky. And of course the paddleboard broke loose on deck and had to be rescued, the dinghy hanging in straps alongside had to be rescued, halyards secured....good to have Mike help in his wet undies.....

6 weeks

11 February 2024 | Zihuatanejo Mx
Torben & Judy Bentsen | 87 and sunny
With Kelly and Gary at Hotel Aurora del Mar

Oops, though intentions have been good for keeping the blog updated somehow 6 weeks slipped by! Wonder why that happened, especially since we haven’t moved all that much since New Years in Barra de Navidad. Anyway, here is a short summary of select events.

• It took 5 days of easy sailing for the 200 NM South from Barra to Zihuantanejo with 3 overnight stops including 2 nights in Caleta de Campos. We have stopped here several times in the past, but this was the first time conditions were allowing us to land the dinghy and explore the lovely town

• Rather than catch fish along the way we exchange 200 pesos ( about $ 10 ) for a fresh panga caught tuna and even had the guys fillet it for us.

• Arrived back in our favorite Mexico spot of Zihuantanejo on January 6. We are still here.

• Got off the boat into a hotel suite with Kelly and Gary who flew down to help celebrate a 70th birthday. Loads of fun.

• Judy caught a nasty flu that knocked her completely off her legs, enough that we moved to a Marina for some days to be close to a medical possibilities. She ultimately survived and passed it on to me.

• We rented a car and drove up to the mountains and the City of Patzcuaro. Cool and nice compared to the heat on the coast. We visited the Copper making town of Santa Clara de Cobra and now have reconfigured to boat to carry back copper mirrors, lamps, toilet paper holders and other treasures. The shop we ultimately purchased the loot from was the manufacturer of our Coppertop kitchen nook table in Copperopolis……lots of Copper talk here.

• It used to be – in younger days – that kneeling in front of the toilet for hours meant that you must have had a great night out the day before, Not so this year as it involved taking the aft head and all the associated hoses and connections apart over several days to clear a major blockage. Other maintenance items have included some service to the forward head, fixing some hatch leaks, a re-wire of the freezer connections and running lights.

• We are now again in Ixtapa Marina for some days preparing for friends Linda and Mike to join us in a couple of days. Scuppers likes this Marina. She jumps off the boat and greets everyone that walks by and – not surprisingly – everyone knows her name. Now, if she could only take a swim she would be happy, but we do have crocodiles cruising around the harbor looking for a ‘hot dog’, so we keep her dry!

God Save the King

01 January 2024 | Barra de Navidad, Mx
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Nice
Fireworks over the foredeck

Happy New Year to all.

We celebrated in Barra de Navidad, about half way between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo and managed to stay awake to actually enjoy the fireworks for the first time in some years!

We are having a very good season, enjoying Mexico more that we thought we would. We are already making plans to repeat the trip in 24/25 but also busy making plans for the rest of the winter, sailing trip and the summer.

Life is good.

Banderas Bay Blast part 2

13 December 2023 | La Cruz
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Balmy
Results

OK, we don't have to be silent for months.
We got a good start in the downwind run and actually not only got 1st in division but ended up being the 3 monohull overall in the 11 NM downwind run.

So an overall score of 3-1-1 for 5 points put us in first place for the regatta. A lot of fun, and now Judy is all gung ho about all these future races we are going to participate in!
Fastnet, Sydney-Hobart, Middle Sea Race, Swiftsure.....and Banderas Bay Race week, look out for Jack and Jill.

Banderas Bay Blast, part 1

12 December 2023 | Punta Mita, Banderas Bay
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Light wind and sunny
Judy concentrating while leading the fleet.

We arrived in La Cruz less than a week tomorrow, feels like we have been here much longer when you sum up activities completed!
Marina Riviera Nayarit is one of the cruising headquarters for Banderas Bay or Puerto Vallarta and - other than being is the cute town of La Cruz – offers a lot of socializing and fun.
Our first night happened to be Movie Night at the Amphitheater at the harbor, showing the George Foreman movie until interrupted in the 8th round by a sprinkle of rain. Next morning was spent checking in with the Port Captain and getting the lay of the land refreshed…..Taco’s on the Street is still there and a good deal for dinner with taco’s @ 40 pesos a pop!
And….the snowbirds from Canada have a very active pickleball club next to the harbor with 3 courts, so we got to get up early in the morning to play for a couple of hours before it got to hot.
Today is Tuesday and we are anchored off Punta Mita, 8 NM from the Marina. As it turned out we made it here in time for the Vallarta YC’s season opener, the Banderas Bay Blast. It is a 3 day casual fundraising regatta with a triangle race Sunday, and upwind beat to Punta Mita on Monday followed by initiation into the Punta Mita YC and a Spinnaker run today to Nuevo Vallarta. 25 boats are racing with 9 of us in the Cruising division. We managed a 3rd on Sunday and yesterday mixed it up with all the racers for a 6th overall and first in division. We are 1 point ahead in division before todays downwind run. If we win we will promptly post another blog – if not we may go silent for a month or two.
Vessel Name: Tivoli
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 50
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Scuppers, 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 2014 Beneteau Oceanis 50. We purchased her in Grenada in January 2021, did a refit in Charleston SC and cruised her on the East Coast the summer of 2021. By the spring of 2022 she will be back at Richmond YC in California so we can start contemplating our next adventures. TIVOLI was [...]
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