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
17 July 2021 | Beaufort NC
11 July 2021 | Leaving Charleston
09 July 2021 | Charleston S.C.
06 July 2021 | St. Barts Docks, Charleston
04 July 2021 | Charleston S.C.
17 June 2021 | Needles CA
14 June 2021 | Copper
28 April 2021 | Copperopolis, CA
17 November 2020 | Slip C-26 RYC
06 March 2020 | Half Moon Bay, CA

The on watch team off shore Maine

02 September 2021
Torben & Judy Bentsen
'I don't see anything"

Dinghy water collection device

02 September 2021
Torben & Judy Bentsen
about 200 bucket loads

Scuppers Beach

02 September 2021
Torben & Judy Bentsen
Playing ball in Seal Bay

Hurricane Hole again?

02 September 2021 | Oyster Bay NY
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Still a bit windy
Wind last night at 10:30, I did not get a shot at the higher readings.

The last blog had us waiting for the remnants of Hurricane Henry, which turned out to produce winds only in the low 20’s in our location and no waves at all. This blog will deal with the remnants of Hurricane Ida, the one that drenched Louisiana a few days ago.
But a quick recap of Tivoli activities in the last 10 days first.
• Ran over a lobster pot line, that wedged itself around the shaft and drive, when coming out of Seal Bay in thick fog – caused some very interesting engine vibration for a few days until we could find a diver to cut it off in Port Clyde
• Our farewell dinner with Nicole and Trip in Perry Creek added another RYC reunion – in the same anchorage was Tod and Liz Baylis on their Sabre – they recognized our boat name on AIS and come over for a chat and cocktail.
• What turned out to one of our favorite stops – Port Clyde – brought another reunion, this time with RYC members Deb and Jim Gregory of Morpheus. Lots of fun as always, also for Scuppers who played hard with their dachshund, Travis.
• Next was Boothbay harbor where we were hosting Pickleball friends Lyn and Tim from Copper for an overnight. This turned out to be quite interesting as our freshwater pump stopped pumping fresh water! We delayed them while trying to trouble shoot the issue and actually sent them off to a supermarket for ten one gal jugs of water on the way. They took it in stride that their hotel on the water had no water.
• When going South from Maine you have to pick weather windows on days when you don’t have the usual southerly winds, so without running water we were off for a 180 NM run to Newport RI via the Cape Cod Canal. Only real exciting incident along the way was seeing a US Warship approach on AIS from 8 miles away at 32 knots on an interception course. They passed 200 yards in front of us, and when Judy took a picture of them it came out scrambled as if they were not there at all!
• Newport saw another reunion/farewell as Clarity – Mel and John of RYC – were anchored next to us. Good times going out for dinner and moral support from John the next morning as the freshwater system got ripped apart – the culprit ended up being some chewing gum like substance clogging the connection between the manifold and strainer – it could not be cleaned and is now temporarily replaced with a piece of hose.
Anyway, off to the next hurricane encounter. What was left of Ida was supposed to hit the area last night with 30 knot winds and heavy rain. We decided to run across Long Island Sound to hide out in Oyster Bay. On the trip across, the system arrived a little earlier than anticipated, so we ended up being quite concerned with our dinghy that we were foolishly towing – we ended up with just a triple reefed mainsail in order to keep the speed down to about 5-6 knots in the building waves. We found a good anchor spot in 15 feet of water and put down a lot of chain with the anchor before committing mistake # 2…..leaving the dinghy trailing behind the boat.

Come 10 PM, an hour after cruisers midnight, all hell broke loose with torrential rain – by the time we got out of bed to check on things it had calmed down a bit, the max wind speed showing was 51 knots and did not sound like the first onslaught that must have been 60. The wind stayed in the 30 – 40 knot range for about an hour, then settled down to a steady 30. We are happy to report that the anchor held and the only casualty was that our yacht flag (that should have been taken down at sunset ) blew away and the dinghy almost filled up with rain water. Took several 100’s bucket loads to get it empty!

Hurricane Hole

21 August 2021 | Seal Bay
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Cloudy
Entering Inner Seal Bay, Vinalhaven, ME

We found our cruise up to Arcadia National Park first delayed for a couple of days, then cut short by Hurricane Henri.

First, as we we starting up the engine a few days ago to anchor in Stonington, the transmission slipped so bad that we could not get the engine in gear. Fortunately we have a sailboat, so we sailed in and dropped anchor about 1/2 NM from Billings Diesel, the local Yanmar repair shop! Stonington has one of the largest crab fishing fleets in Maine and are used to towing boats in for repair. We became one of them, two more got towed in while we were there. The problem is a know issue with the Yanmar SD50 Saildrive, so the next day they removed the offending gear cone, took it to the shop and fixed it. We did spend 2 nights free of charge at their docks and got a chance to explore Deer Island.

We made it to Arcadia the following day while monitoring Tropical Storm Henri churning down close to Bermuda with a projected path up to somewhere between New York and Nova Scotia. So after some consideration we decided on Inner Seal Bay, a totally enclosed 'lake' on Vinalhaven as a good spot to ride out any high winds and irritation swells. The system is supposed to make landfall close to Orient NY ( we were there for 5 days a short while ago visiting Mary and Pete ) on Sunday morning. The local forecast for our location has been dialed down to 30 knots of wind and some good rain, so we feel good about being where we are.

The other good thing about a sailboat is that if you have to hang for a few days in one place you can always fix something and do routine maintenance, so that's how we are spending our Saturday.

Social Maine

18 August 2021 | Stonington, Deer Island, Maine
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Partially sunny
Pulpit harbor in the morning

Nicole, Trip, Melanie, John, Mark, Anne, Elisabeth, Ed and Luna.
Yes, we have had a busy social schedule with street food in Rockland, dinners on Tivoli, cocktail party's on different boats, Island hikes and hosting Ed and Elisabeth of Skylark on a 3 day cruise around North Haven and Vinalhaven Islands in Penobscot Bay.
We also threw in a car rental to get Scuppers for a rabies blood draw at the closest vet we could find, some 60 miles away from the boat.

We are having a good time in Maine. The scenery and some of the anchorages are absolutely beautiful, reminds us a lot of cruising the 'skaergaard' in the Baltic. Mosquitos can be a bit of a challenge as can the fog on thick days - we really are getting to like our new Raymarine Quantum radar!

Now we are off for Arcadia Nation Park for some days.
Vessel Name: Tivoli
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 50
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Scuppers, Judy & Torben Bentsen
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. [...]
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 [...]
Tivoli's Photos - Banderas Bay Regatta
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On the rail
Driving from the low side
Getting the pole ready
120 Lbs of rail meat
Spin Packing
Phil relaxing
Sylvia on the up and up
The Motley crew
Paradise Village
Out for a cocktail
Little dancing.....
Phil the next morning
Waiting for the Tsunami
Watching Rick Bayliss cooking show on Video
Cooking Tsunami dinner
150 boats in anchorage waiting out Tsunami
Come back, would you?
Wolf enjoying beach music
Beach music
Mexican laptop
Furuno service guy doing a software upgrade on our radar, his laptop had crashed but no problema......
Looking at the weather
Dinner and Mexican train evening
We are leaving La Cruz