Video – Bermuda to Nahant – Update with new soundtrack

Our final leg back home (after over 12,000nm) brought us from Bermuda to Nahant. We had left Tioga on a mooring in Grotto Bay and were happy the she had survived the serious (60kn+) winds during our absence.
We visited the America’s Cup village to watch race day 1 of the AC finals, spent a nice afternoon at the RBYC in Hamilton looking at the beautiful club house, their collection of half-model & trophies and watched team New Zealand win even more AC races.

The highlight before we left Bermuda was the J-Class regatta where for the first time ever 7 J-Class yachts raced against each other – quite a sight.
The sail home was pleasant, the Golf Stream crossing calm and sea live to the north of it plenty.
The nice welcome by our friends and family rounded of this final leg.

Updated video with different soundtrack that hopefully plays in the US as well:

 

Previous version that includes the song “Weather with you” from Crowded House and therefore does not play in the US:

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

 

We have come full circle

After a nice meal and perfect sail into the sunset along the Cape Cod coast, we were able to sail close-hauled to Nahant (Immigrations agreed to meet us there instead of Marblehead or Gloucester).
Finishing our two year loop around the Northern Atlantic couldn’t have been a nicer sail: lots and lots of stars, beautiful sunrise, blue skies, calm sees and a perfect breeze brought it all together nicely.

Foulies and hats were replaced by t-shirts and shorts, Boston’s skyline rose behind the horizon long before we could see Nahant, the drone came out for a last spin over the ocean and familiar sites, like Graves Lighthouse (now sandblasted and looking slightly different), Egg Rock or East Point, came into sight.
We tied up on our mooring, packed, cleaned the boat, had breakfast and then headed to the dock to meet families and friends as well as the friendly Immigrations office that checked us into the US.
Of course Peter Koslowski had not forgotten about us and we enjoyed his donuts (that he could not deliver on the ocean because of equipment failure).
We were proud to have completed this adventure and large team effort.
After unloading a few tons of spare parts, tools, food, sails, scubz gear and clothes, Tioga’s waterline appeared above the water again.
We all went home, unpacked, had a shower and then got together at the Nahant Dory Club to round off the day.

A big thanks to all the spouse that let us sail this and all the previous legs!!

From Nahant to Flores (Azores) in 2015

This was a great trip and our first Trans-Atlantic.
We left Nahant June 19th at 5pm into a low easterly breeze. After drifting through the late evening we started the engine at midnight and continued SE.

Throughout the trip we encountered three storms with sustained winds in the 30-40kn range (Emily, Linda and Candace ;-). After each one we drifted in significant swells for a while; followed by great broad reaching for days at a time. Via our weather routing software, we were able to avoid easterly winds and sailed a lot (too much) with wind from the W, which in lower winds was harder than expected as we struggled to stabilize the sails in the relatively large waves.

We saw about 20 freighters, zero sailboats, a handful of whales & turtles, a lot of dolphins & seabirds and luckily enough hardly any trash.

In total, we sailed 1858nm, ran the engine for 39hrs and consumed about 30gal diesel and 28gal of fresh water in canisters, plus more of boiled drinks from the built-in tanks (we do not have a water maker). Pasta, rice etc was boiled with sea water.
Our best Etmal (24hr run) was 179nm and lowest 111nm. Our average speed was 5.6kn, ie right on target (I plan with 5.5kn).

A couple of comments regarding our equipment:

Aries – we did not use our windvane as we did not get to practice enough with it prior to our departure. Manually steering the boat was not an issue and also faster.
Aquair100 – the hydro-generator worked very well for the first couple of days and then stopped. We believe due to a diode issue in the generator. Spare parts are on the way to Horta. We fished in the day time and used the solar panel, and then towed the turbine over night.
Solar Panel – the 80W help a lot after the hydro-generator stopped working, especially when we exhausted our batteries (we were able to recharge over 24h to get the engine going again)
iPad – great solution, in waterproof case easily usable in the cockpit. Very powerful due to its advanced apps. We did not run the boats MFD once.
iNavX – very useful and functionally rich application that we used a lot, more userfriendly waypoint (delete groups or all waypoints of a route etc) and chart handling would increase usability significantly
Weather4D Pro – outstanding app that was always spot on (so was the GFS weather model) – improvement: enable current downloads via satellite connection (we were w/out Golf Stream info after we left cellphone reception area)
AIS – while not critical for a sail on the Atlantic, it was always interesting to get details on the freighters around us, we expect a lot more use when going through the Channel
Boom-mounted preventers – a great addition to our toolkit as we where able to set strong preventers w/o having to reach to end of the boom (that most often would be out over the water and hard to reach). We also carry a pulley style preventer that was used then the main was sheeted in a lot and we did not have sufficient wind to stabilize the boom in heavy seas.

Impressions of the trip:

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The eagle has landed

Flying a drone on land is something to get used to but overall not that hard – as long as the pilot is looking in the same direction as the drone and there is plenty of space to fly in. Once the drone rotates it take a fair bit of experience to direct it accurately in  the right direction as left & right, back & forth are no longer in sync with the joystick direction on the remote…

Anyways, we thought we had the basics figured out (only crashed into our house once) and took our new drone (Phantom 3 from DJI) out to the mooring to practice take off and landing from a boat. Altough the weather was very nice and the wind relatively calm (under 10kn), the boat still moved sideways with the change in wind direction and the bow up and down with the waves.

The video below shows our first take off and landing (which was harder than expected as we wanted to film us doing it and therefore had the drone rotated 180′. It made landing a lot harder than expected and almost crashed the drone into the rail and potentially the ocean… – but we were lucky and it came to rest before anything major happened.).
We got away with a good scare and will practice landing it in someone’s hand next as the motion of the boat and relatively small landing space make this a risky move on board Tioga.