TivoliCruise

02 December 2021 | Harbor Club, Nassau Bahamas
25 November 2021 | Great Harbor Cay
21 November 2021 | Sunrise Bay, Ft. Lauderdale
15 November 2021 | Ft. Lauderdale FL
04 November 2021 | Charleston S.C.
29 October 2021 | Horse Country Virginia
22 October 2021 | Potomac Inlet
20 October 2021 | Solomons Island Yacht Club
21 September 2021
21 September 2021 | Solomon's Island/Copper
02 September 2021
02 September 2021
02 September 2021 | Oyster Bay NY
21 August 2021 | Seal Bay
18 August 2021 | Stonington, Deer Island, Maine
08 August 2021 | Maine
03 August 2021 | Warren Cove, MA
28 July 2021 | Orient NY
28 July 2021 | Orient NY

Exumas next

02 December 2021 | Harbor Club, Nassau Bahamas
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Nice
Playing ball on the beach at White Cay, Berry Islands.

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving Turkey leftovers for several days anchored in a pristine anchorage off White Cay. The anchorage could have held 30 boats, but for the 3 nights we spend the average was only 2.....200 yards off the beach made for easy Scupper runs 3 times a day.

After a brief overnight further down the chain we arrived in Nassau a couple of days ago to shop for some parts. We had some apprehensions about the Nassau thing, but as it turned out is is really nice and quite beautiful. The people are super nice and friendly and we have quite enjoyed it.
We managed to fix the water maker with the proper hose and today got the bilge pump done as well. Even found time for a bit of exploring, some conch fritters and a rum punch at the local sailor bar!

So tomorrow Friday we are off to the Exumas, now just 34 NM away. The weather seems to be cooperating with no big winter storms coming down, temps are around 80 during the day and high 60's at night making is very preasant.

Happy Thanksgiving

25 November 2021 | Great Harbor Cay
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Nice
Fishing for splitter with 2 boathooks tied to a swab.
Water was 12 feet.


We left Fort Lauderdale in the dark of night last Sunday on a narrow weather window that allowed a smooth crossing of the Gulfstream. Torben took this opportunity to make water. The following afternoon we arrived in Great harbor in the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Torben casually mentioned that the water maker spung a leak in the intake hose. Our check in was super easy. The officials were friendly and didn’t care about Scuppers and her medical history, they were more interested in our Covid test and Vax cards.
We settled in, Torben begins fishing out the power cord and splitter. I witness Torben getting frustrated as he wrestled with the cords. Somehow, and I’m not sure how, the splitter slid across the dock and for a moment teetered on the edge before falling overboard. Now I’m frustrated because I wanted to use the air conditioner. The splitter didn’t matter we could still use the AC, that is if Torben could get it to kick in. Add fix water maker leak, fish out splitter and fix AC to the list for the morning.
Morning comes. Torben lifts the floorboards to assess AC lines. The leak in the water maker hose, over the course of some hours had filled the bilge to the underside of the floorboards with salt water. We had to empty and rinse every compartment of tools, spare anchor chain and rode, wet suit, bosun’s chair and all other treasures of the bilge. The foredeck took on the look of a chandlery. Why didn’t the float switch kick in? Ummm. Add that to the list! Those gremlins sure keep us busy!
So today is a celebration of many thanks. Health, family, friendships and good weather. On a personal note, I’m thankful I married a gremlin slayer! (what a kiss ass!)

Bahamas tomorrow?

21 November 2021 | Sunrise Bay, Ft. Lauderdale
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Squally and still windy
Walking Scuppers in Hugh Taylor Birch State park with Sunrise Bay in the background.

Seems like we stay a week in every location waiting for weather! Maybe we are getting old and overly cautious, but it just has not looked good for the past week getting across the Gulf Stream and over to the Bahamas. Stiff NE winds combined with squally conditions has pretty much shut down travel for a while.

We have been on anchor in Sunrise Bay only a few hundred yards from the dinghy dock at a nice local State park, so long walks combined with hanging out has been the theme of the week. Friday we were pretty sure we could get out of here Sunday, so we went and got the final health certificate for Scuppers and travel Covid tests for ourselves. The we spent the better part of Saturday down below in the rain filling out online customs and immigration forms for the entry to the Bahamas. The boat is ready, we are ready, so hopefully tonight we go.

We signed up for Chris Parker's weather service, there should be an update this afternoon for Crossings, but it appears that we will have 24-36 hours between the current blow and the next ne to get across to the islands. Our first stop will be in Great Harbor in the Berry Islands, only 125 NM away - how bad could it possibly be........



Up in smoke

15 November 2021 | Ft. Lauderdale FL
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Nicer
Falcon 9 space launch

I took us a short week to complete the work on the boat, and as usual we added a few items to the list along the way. But as we left Charleston last Wed. on Ricky's birthday we felt pretty good about progress. Canvas got tweaked, we changed all the head hoses, got the fridge and freezer up and running. We also got time for another epic Costco and Trader Joes Run, completely filling a rental car with provisions that surely will last us well into the summer of 2022.

The weather while in Charleston was quite interesting. There was some lend of season tropical system that dumped tons of rain. In combination with King Tides, portions of the City flooded. That included the access to the dock we were on, but we got used to walking through knee deep water across to the heads.

Leaving Charleston we were not quite sure where we might end up, Ft. Pierce was a goal. However, en route we discovered that our water maker output dropped and on examination found that the water quality was below drinking standard. So somehow we got connected to a dealer in Ft. Lauderdale that could get on on the schedule today to replace the membrane. Having the ability to make our own good water is quite essential to happy cruising!

With the winds on the light side we did not have enough fuel to make it all the way to Lauderdale, so we decided to pull into Cape Canaveral for a night. We know we had missed the night launch of a Falcon taking the new crew to the Space Station 24 hours prior, however, SpaceX had changed their schedule for a launch to put 50+ satellites into space right about the time we were coming into Canaveral in the late afternoon. We hung around just at the launch pad to see it, but some rain and clouds drifted in and the postponed the launch until the next morning @ 7.
So off we went through the Barge Canal and anchored to watch the show the next morning.
Following the countdown on the SpaceX blog was exciting, our eyes focused on the 2 rockets on the launch pad a few miles away. At 2 seconds to go the noise started really strong, but not much activity on our rockets? It took us a few seconds to shift our eyes to the actual launch site, which was quite a bit further away that we thought.........oh well.

After the water maker we feel completely ready for the Bahamas - we will be crossing over on the next decent weather window.

End of an Era?

04 November 2021 | Charleston S.C.
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Cold !
Nightfall

We had an uneventful (that is a good thing if offshore sailing) voyage of 420 Nautical Miles from Matthews to Charleston. Waiting for a good weather window paid off as we were able to actually sail for more than 50% of the trip in pleasant conditions. It took 66 hours to complete, averaging about 6.5 knots. Mostly we were reaching In 8 - 15 knots of true wind, bundled up in multiple lawyers at night, enjoying the sun during the days.
We were not the only ones taking advantage of the weather, leaving the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in company of about 15 - 18 other boats that we would see on and off for the next 60 hours visually, on radar or AIS. Out of all the boats, only us and one other cruiser were monohulls, making us feel like we are cruising a dinosaur. It was fun to race them, though. Most of the Catamarans were Lagoon type cruisers between 40 and 46 feet. In light air they surprisingly were slightly faster than us ( unless they were cheating with an engine ), but as the winds got to the 12 knot+ range we would pull away from them.

The only real excitement of the trip was coming in the 6 NM long channel from the Ocean to Charleston Bay at a very dark midnight hour. The channel is undergoing dredging in 2 locations, so interpreting all the lights and moving barges, workboats and the occasional container ship was quite interesting! We survived got in to drop an anchor at 3 am.
We are doing a couple of final boat projects while here. A few now ports to replace the ones that were leaking, install of a outboard hoist - and we finally have a dedicated refrigerator and are getting ready to convert the top loader back to freezer status.
It is pretty cold here, with some luck we will be in Florida next week in search of sunshine.

Just horsing around

29 October 2021 | Horse Country Virginia
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Just another gale
Scuppers and Flica.

Yep we have just been horsing around for the last 10 days, waiting for weather to develop. Our next move is the outside route around Cape Hatteras towards Charleston, and it has not been pretty for a while.

We made good time of it hanging out in Deltaville for a night visiting with Andreas and Lisbeth for dinner one night before moving on Mobjack Bay's East River for 3 nights. Or was it 4? With weather systems blowing through, we made the best of it, anchoring in 10 feet of water next to a public boating ramp and a cool neighborhood with a small forest for Scupppers to explore.

Boat projects got completed, and we made friends with a few residents on the waters edge. One neighbor allowed us to feed his horses apples so Scuppers could play, another neighbor picked up a 12 pack of beer in Matthews, free of charge, as we were running dry. It was his birthday and the beer was his gift? Judy baked him a cake that we left in the mailbox just for good measure.

We are now tucked in yet again for a Gale in Yorktown for a few nights. But Sunday looks good for a run around Cape Hatteras going South. About time, as it is getting pretty cold around here.........

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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 was 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, [...]
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