TivoliCruise

26 March 2018 | Wyndham Beach Resort, Rio Grande, PR
25 March 2018 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
19 March 2018 | Christianstad, St. Croix
15 March 2018 | Caribbean
03 March 2018 | Deshais, Guadaloupe
28 February 2018
15 February 2018 | The Saints
11 February 2018 | Pointe-a-Pitre
11 February 2018 | Pointe-a-Pitre
05 February 2018 | The Saints
30 January 2018 | Desdhais, Guadaloupe
24 January 2018 | Saba
13 January 2018 | Belle Mont Farm, St. Kitts
03 January 2018 | Nevis
30 December 2017 | Christianstad
22 December 2017 | Virgin Gorda, BVI
17 December 2017 | Great Harbor BVI
05 December 2017
05 December 2017
05 December 2017

.....until next time

26 March 2018 | Wyndham Beach Resort, Rio Grande, PR
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Just a few feet away from jumping in.

We hauled out at 10:30 and were out of the boatyard by 11:00. The last 5 days were quite hectic, so before flying back to CA tomorrow we checked into a very nice beach resort with endless showers, a swim-up bar and A/C

The season was our shortest one yet, but we pretty much managed to do things we had not done before and spend time in new places.

This was our last full season in the Caribbean, when we return in the late fall we will be heading west and south and start making our way back towards the Golden Gate Bridge.

Almost over

25 March 2018 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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Day two of stripping the boat.

How things change.....

Monday : Hanging out in St. Croix, great dinner with Mary, Robert, John and Jack.

Tuesday : 45 NM downwind sail to Culebra, swim before dinner, Judy up at 3 am to connect with the the stars of the Southern Cross.

Wednesday : 20 NM downwind sail to Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Check in, spend 3 hours getting the dinghy cleaned up for storage, make multiple phone calls for service items.

Thursday : Initial wash down, diesel engine oil and filter changes initial annual gear purge, meet canvas people for new covers, first bilge clean. The trade winds stopped blowing for the first time in 3 months, so hot hot hot and plenty of overnight, morning and pm squalls.

Friday : Polish stainless, wash down decks and topsides with fresh water, soap and vinegar, service outboard, drop sails, pickle water maker, meet with boat electrician to fix faulty charger, start pulling every item out of lockers to evaluate ( keep,clean, toss, pack to keep or take home), wash out bilge, still no wind and hot hot hot, so collapse in bed early.

Saturday : Sails folded, bricked and bagged, battens out, toilets serviced, galley emptied and organized, first interior wood anti mold treatment, holding tanks flushed, barbecue cleaned and put away, set up for a 6 pm cocktail gathering to get rid of the smelly cheese from Guadalupe....hot hot hot, so collapse in bed after eating pizza with last fridge leftovers ( delicious ).

Sunday :Up at 6 again.....well woke up at 6, out of bed by 7. Last laundry, pull every item from galley to wash and stove, sort clothes ( vacuum pack to keep, pack to take home or toss ), wash down bathrooms, wash down bilge, wash down every wood surface with vinegar, empty all lockers and wipe down, stow sails, pull halyards, remove all canvas and store, remove wind generator and deck safety gear, fixed a couple of know leaks with silicone, pack, clean stove, shut down systems, hot tho hot and a very long day.

Monday : That is tomorrow, some last minute stuff, then haul at 10:30.

I probably forgot 20 items, not complaining, but putting the the boat away for storage is not an easy task

Mother and Son reunion

19 March 2018 | Christianstad, St. Croix
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We also had noodles for dinner one night.

We had Ricky fly into St. Croix last week-end for a little sun time.

I love it when he comes.

Goodbye yoghurt, minuscule green leaf sandwiches, lean chicken and early morning hikes to tops of mountains.

Hello Bacon, Steak, cookies, chocolate, lazy sleep in's and 5 solid meals a day.

We had a couple of fun items on the list, including trying to get some kite-board lessons in Virgin Gorda and doing our favorite National Park hike on St. Johns. We made it to Gorda, but the wind speed and direction made lessons impossible - for a change, we had very light breezes. We did however have enough swells that staying on the windward side of St. Johns was to rolly, so strike 2.

But snorkeling, cribbage, card games and most important, time to have meaningful conversation made up for the missing activities. We also sailed about 150 NM to Gorda, down the BVI's to Christmas Cove and back across to St. Croix.

And we got in a glimpse of real island life some hours Saturday morning at the Christianstad St. Patrick Day Parade. I had no idea there were thousands of Irish people living here! Ricky unfortunately had just left for the airport when the Moko Jumbies arrived and Judy got a ride in the Parade in a 1908 Oldsmobile replica!

Ross

15 March 2018 | Caribbean
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Watching the sunset on the beach in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua

Ross does not really know it, but he turned out to have the best sailing of the season!

After picking him up in Deshais, we had a SW ( never happens) wind that allowed us to fly a spinnaker all the way to Antigua. We were lucky to hook up with the Gregory's there for social time and a few showers in their hotel room!

Then Ross got to do some light wind sailing for about 11 hours going to Barbuda. We would probably have elected to go a little faster, but ran over yet again another fishing float about an hour into the trip that fouled the prop. We jumped in and cut ourselves loose, but had no prop action, so we ended up easing into the anchorage in Barbuda right after sundown and dropping anchor for the night. Wish I had the pictures of the jumping humpback whales we saw along the way, but to slow on the camera!

After fixing our problem with multiple trips under the boat, we enjoyed a downwind run to St. Barts, then a nice reach to St. Martin. Compared to the relentless winds out of the NW we have seen for the last 8 weeks, this was heaven.

Always fun to have Ross on board, but really........every time he comes, we end up under the boat with knives, hammers and plugs!

Visitors

03 March 2018 | Deshais, Guadaloupe
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Another Visitor

Today we are starting a 2 week visitor extravaganza.

Ross is coming to Deshais to join us going to Antiqua, Barbuda, St. Barts and St. Martin. We all hope it will be less exciting than last time he came!

That was when we blew out a truhull in the Mona Passage and he ended up swimming around in 25 knots of breeze with a hammer in hand, punching a plug into the hole! This time we have promised a tranquil downwind ride.

After he leaves, we will hightail it to St. Croix to pick up Ricky. He somehow managed to negotiate a 2 week vacation from his new job at Aurora Tech, where he started a month ago. He is spending the first with Kristin in Costa Rica, then we get to borrow him for a week!

Diamond in the Rough

28 February 2018
Torben admiring falling water.

Dominica has a reputation from some cruisers as being rough and unsafe. Earlier in the season, there were warnings to give Dominica a wide berth when passing due to robberies following hurricane Maria. Torben and I were sadden to hear this because Dominica was on our list of islands to visit this year. So when we heard there was a "Cruisers Appreciation rally" to Prince Rupert Bay we jumped on the opportunity to join in.

The mission was clear, you can stay on a mooring for free for a week and in turn, you spend as much money as you can to help support the poverty stricken locals. We took advantage of several guided and not so guided inland tours being offered by PAYS, Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services. This association is made up of fishermen, who during the sailing season, offers mooring balls, tours, or just about any yacht service including a weekly Sunday BBQ. We found them to be super helpful and professional.

Our tours inland revealed a still beautiful island even in the aftermath of the hurricane. Many waterfalls could easily be seen and accessed due to the stripped follage of the once jungle like terrain. It made for excellent hiking and waterfall exploration.

But it wasn't just the jungle that had been stripped. Torben and I witnessed the most devastation due to the hurricane we have seen.
Most people of Dominica died during hurricane Maria due to mud slides that came on so quickly that it trapped them in their houses. We saw UNICIF tents pitched next to houses in rubble, or houses full, almost to the ceiling, with mud. They reported roughly 200 deaths....

Through all the tragedy, the people were proud of their strength and determination to over come the devastation that nature bestowed on them. They were grateful for us coming to visit and we were grateful they were so willing to share their island!

Some highlights to over shadow this some what depressing post.

We collected our rum from the Australian 62 footer that we rescued from drifting away in Nevis when he chafed through his mooring line. (mentioned in last blog post). We rented a van together to tour the island or should I say vans. Simon was our designated driver and after an hour of torturing this old Nissan van, he successfully broke it, we returned it, got another, and he did his best to brake that one as well. To his credit,he did managed to back road us to a spectacular waterfall which was the highlight of the day. We were happy we made it back before dark unscathed. (Simon drives like he ties knots!)

One more highlight was the Sunday BBQ. If you didn't have enough to eat, you could make up for it with the free rum! Punch is operative word. We didn't do much the next day....

The final highlight was when John Caletti on board Clarity. Opened the van door and threatened to jump out if the tour guide wouldn't take us to Trafalgar Falls!

That's it for now. Heading to Deshaie 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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