Video – Antigua to Bermuda

We timed our departure from Falmouth Harbor to coincide with the Antigua Classic week. However, due to other preparations, the installation of the new alternator etc, we ended up only looking at extremely pretty yachts at their docks, rather than sailing with them out at sea. The hike up to Shirley Heights was another highlight.

We got our food in Jolly Harbor and sailed into the night to get to Barbuda – one of the most beautiful places we know in the area. A nice downwind sail under gennaker got us to St Barth’s the next day and we continued on to Bermuda from there.

Catching a yellow-fin tuna just south of Bermuda was another highlight of this roughly 1000nm leg. In Bermuda, a spectacular place in its own right, the preparations for the America’s Cup made for an even more memorable experience.

Video – Trinidad to Antigua

After a challenging start in Chaguaramas (we had to pull the boat back out and get if fixed over night) we got into the swing of things, sailed over night to the Grenadines and enjoyed a couple of days of island hoping before continuing to Antigua.

The roughly 400nm route looked like this:

We did not capture as much footage as usual. Hopefully the video below still gives somewhat of a flavor of the places we visited:

Marblehead to Halifax Race

This Sunday the offshore Race to Halifax (in Nova Scotia, Canada) started in Marblehead, MA. We got a group of friends together and sailed to see the start.
Wind and weather were perfect and we enjoyed watching the long line of boats (app 80) under spinnaker slowly disappear behind the horizon.
A short swim for the boys, a nice lunch, a seal and a whale rounded off another perfect day on the ocean.

We want more of those!

 

A long weekend in P-town

We took advantage of the long Independence Day weekend and sailed from Nahant to Cohasset (where we anchored and barely got the cockpit cover up in time to stay dry during the Thunderstorm and to get the grill going) and then on to Provincetown the next morning (on the Northern tip of Cape Cod); all’n all roughly 50nm.

The weather turned out to be much better than forecast (as always in P-town), we found a good anchor spot close enough to shore (to avoid the by now horrendously expensive moorings that resulted from a new company investing heavily into big boat slips) and had a great time in the fabulous town.
We met Linda’s brother Bill and partner John, had cocktails in numerous bars, strolled up and down Commercial street, rented bikes to enjoy the amazing bike paths through the dune to Race Point & Herring Cove and enjoyed good dinner conversations with the crew from Lois (ie Henry, Jen and Blue).
The piano player in the Crown & Anchor did not disappoint, the A-House pushed our nightclub experiences to new levels and a long stroll along the beach brought peace of mind.
The initially single floating house in the bay (actually designed in Austria by our friend Kilian) has by now grown into a small collection of floating structures. Most of them are moored across the bay in the cove where we also counted roughly 50 seals (and no great white sharks (yet)).

The sail home was pleasant and a little calm. We only saw one whale, but better than nothing.

Can’t wait to go again.

Btw – except for the captain – we had an all female crew and it was great to see how much they had learned during the previous Atlantic sails – it can be done, girls!

 

The crew from Bermuda to Nahant

Below are a couple of photos of those that managed to get a spot on the final leg home.

This was our by far longest adventure and made the return quite special. Combining that with the beautiful atmosphere of Bermuda, America’s Cup racing, J-Class regatta and perfect sailing conditions across the Gulf stream created a hard to beat package.

Due to the consistent south-westerly wind we made the almost 700nm trip in just under 5 days – a record for us; and that without much sweat or hard work.

Apart from the consistent challenge to fully charge our house bank and the ripped gennaker, we did not have any technical challenges and instead enjoyed the frequent whale and dolphin visits.

All is good on board of Tioga.

Dan Mc Mackin
Dave Liscio
John Fulghum
Josh Antrim
Peter Barba
Philip Kersten