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

 

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The crew from Antigua to Bermuda

A few more photos of our crew that sailed from Antigua to Bermuda.

We started our journey with an immediate highlight, hiking up to Shirley Heights, and overcoming our first challenges, recovering Ellen’s bracelet and installing the alternator, before sailing around Antigua to Jolly Harbor.
All were extremely happy with the decision to stop over in Barbuda with one of the nicest beaches we know.
St Barth’s also did not disappoint although we barely had enough time to see it.

The easterly tradewinds carried us far north before they calmed down (we sailed 514nm in 3 days), gave us a chance to swim in 13000ft deep water and then forced us to run the engine for a while. The silver lining of the now full batteries was the fact that we did not have to use our hydro generator and therefore went fishing.
The yellow-fin tuna was another highlight of this roughly 950nm sail.

Of course, arriving in Bermuda is always a highlight. With the America’s Cup in town, this visit was even more special. The fact that we lived a resort life just because we were mooring next to Grotto Bay Resort put the icing on the cake.

We should do  this more often…

 

Doug Frauenholz
Ellen Christie
Philip Kersten
Roger Pasinski
Ulf Westhoven

 

The crew from Trinidad to Antigua

A few impressions of our crew that sailed from Trinidad to Antigua.

Similar to our start last season in Europe where major boatwork had to be completed (replacing the mast), we had to deal with the same risk this time. Although the teak deck and awlgrip work was finished in time, the newly discovered problems at the bottom created new challenges. Luckily enough, we were in the right place with Trinidad and its capable companies and were very glad to have only lost one day in the process.

We were relieved to reach the Grenadines over night and leave the potentially pirate infested waters close to Venezuela behind us, visited quite a view islands: Mopion, Union, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Mustique and Bequia before then reaching Antigua after a 2 day sail.
Snorkeling Horseshoe Reef and swimming with turtles at Tobago Cays was just as memorable as seeing all the superyachts in Falmouth Harbor and beautifully maintained classic yachts in English Harbor.

We sailed about 400nm and did it all with our genoa alone (it would take us another 400nm on the next leg to finally use the main sail as well). Coming from a pretty hot location (Trinidad) it was surprising how mild the quite warm temperatures in Antigua felt.

Cathy Johnson
Corinna Kersten
Lauren Kersten
Lili Barba
Linda Barba
Peter Barba
Philip Kersten

The crew from Lanzarote to Trinidad

A few more photos of our crew that sailed from Arrecife (Lanzarote, Canary Islands) via Charlotteville, Tobago, to Chaguaramas, Trinidad.
We left the marina in Arrecife in a breezy Northerly and some choppy waves. When we took the corner around southern Lanzarote, things  got rough pretty quickly as we sailed into significant swell in addition to sizable wind-waves. The wind coming from slightly forward of abeam made things more interesting and most crew were wondering what they signed up for. Apart from the challenge for the new crew to get used to this new environment quickly, we had a nice trip from there. The usual three days passed by and everybody had their sea-legs and appetite back.
The main decision we made was to sail a relatively northern route. This was keeping us close to the rump line and provided a couple of days of broad reaching. From then on, the challenge was to find a sustainable way to sail down wind for weeks at a time and deal with the heavy rolling motion of the boat.
Apart from breaking the whisker pole (twice), most of the boat stayed intact. When we started to use the spinnaker pole and with that the track on the mast, that track did not last long. It broke, because the screws were not able to hold it in place (we believe that the screws might have been too short and the thread not cut correctly but need to investigate some more); with a serious amount of lines we were able to lash it in place for the remainder of the trip.
We saw very few signs of live during this trip: three freighters, three dolphin pods and two whales (about what we would see every other day on the previous legs). And we finally managed to catch our first fish of the tour (thanks to Jake).
We were glad to have visited Tobago (although clearly not long enough) and had a decent enough time in Trinidad (next time we will try again to find the bat caves).
We were overall very happy with the weather as we had at least 10kn throughout the trip, the temperatures were comfortable and showers fairly light. Had we sailed a month earlier, this trip would have taken us approximately seven days longer!
We sailed a total of about 3000 miles, barely ran the engine and sailed mostly dead downwind.
And most importantly, nobody got hurt.
This was our longest non-stop sail so far – with 18 days.

Ben Zack
Jake Baldwin
Josh Antrim
Max Brueck
Philip Kersten

 

The crew from Portugal to Lanzarote

A few more photos of our crew that sailed from Cascais (close to Lisbon) via Madeira and La Graciosa to Lanzarote (part of the Canary Islands). We left the marina in Cascais in flat water and a dead calm, just to see things change within seconds to significant swell and a decent breeze. Apart from the challenge for the new crew to get used to this new environment quickly, we had a smooth trip from there.
Madeira’s natural beauty, the many, many tunnels and of course their wine and good food made a lasting impression. La Graciosa was the biggest surprise due to perfect beaches, impressive volcanoes, its remoteness with very few tourists making it there and of course the legendary finish on Saturday night. With Arrecife, we found the perfect marina to leave Tioga for a longer period and enjoyed a number of highlights that are hard to find anywhere else.
We sailed a total of 810 miles, barely ran the engine and enjoyed mostly broad reaches.
And most importantly, nobody got hurt.
A very nice finish to our European tour…

Bjoern Huenermann
Frank Barba (from Cascais to Madeira)
Peter Barba
Steve Uhl
Ulf Westhoven

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The crew from Scotland to Ireland

A few more photos of our crew that sailed from Oban, Scotland, to Cork in Ireland. While the weather started rainy it was predominantly nice. Initial technical challenges (like the broken fuel return line) were overcome and we got to see some fantastic places. We sailed about 550nm, manually operated the locks in the Crinan Canal and motored for about 40 hrs…

Linda Barba
Ellen Christy
Cathy Bartholomew
Corinna Kersten
Dan MacMackin
Philip Kersten
(Max Brueck for the last 2 days from Dublin to Cork)

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The crew from Norway to Scotland

Below a few more photos of our group that sailed across the North Sea:

Ernst Iversen
Don Henke
Corinna Kersten
Nick Kersten
Lauren Kersten
Philip Kersten

We sailed about 470nm, crossed the North Sea and motoring down the Caledonian Canal. Stop-overs in Mandel, Sogndalstrand, Inverness etc provided very different experienced.

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