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:

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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!!

The Pilgrim Monument

Our final full day aboard Tioga. We woke to a misty morning with brisk winds, spits of rain and overcast sky’s. An early visit by a pod of dolphins got Josh to the bow to welcome them with whoops of joy. His theory is if you don’t show appreciation, they wont stay long. This pod did hang with us for about 15 minutes. The temps were on the cool side and the Tioga crew were in full foulies to keep out the cold. We had a few more visits from dolphins and late in the day we felt as if we were on a whale watch. Breaching whales and many plumes from their blow holes kept the crew busy. We learned that one particular whale must suffer from Halitosis from the smell of its plume. We saw the coast of Cape Cod around 6pm letting us know our journey will soon come to an end. Almost 2 years ago the last visible beacon of coastal US was the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown Massachusetts, we now await seeing this beacon light up the night sky for Tioga’s return. The crew has mixed emotions on the final leg of this great adventure covering more then 12,000 miles at sea. The sadness of our great adventure coming to an end and the joy of a mission completed and current crew being reunited with their loved ones. A great many thanks to Captain Philip for providing us with this amazing opportunity and we can’t wait to join him on his next great voyage.

The crew on its way back to the US

The crew on its way back to the US

Welcome to the Dark Side

Another day aboard the good ship Tioga! As the crew speeds north towards home, we increased our speed in finishing the excess in food we have on board. Bacon, egg, and cheese on bagels to start the day right. We had to motor due to lack of wind, which gave a few on board a chance to take a swim in the middle of the Atlantic. Another bucket list item checked off. Lunch consisted of chili and rib eye steak washed down with a few cold beers. The afternoon was spent hanging out in the cockpit telling stories and laughing the afternoon away. The Captain, in an unusual move, requested a late afternoon dark and stormy and no one on the crew dared question his authority – he claims he’s just trying to clear inventory! Next up – chicken korma and rice for dinner. Breaking bread together at sea is a special time for the crew and a long standing Tioga tradition – food for your body and your soul. Did we mention we ate a lot today. The wind freshened and we are under full sail as we ra
ce towards the sunset. The seas are relatively flat and from behind – fair winds and following seas! We were visited by 2 pods of dolphins and a few giant sunfish – all in all a good day!
For us there is no darkness in the Dark Side just the dark waters north of the Gulf Steam. These are our home waters – we know we’re headed home.

Blister Pops

The morning started a bit noisily with the sounds of luffing sails and splashing water. Topsides Dave and John had watched two downpours connect and blast the boat with torrential rain, confused seas, and lots of wind. Quickly the mainsail was doused and reasonable order restored. The skies were still cloudy by the time the sun rose but soon the clouds burned off and another lovely days was upon us.
The wind was moderate and from a friendly direction and we steamed towards the Gulf Stream 12 hours away. First we shook out the mainsail reefs and eventually put up the gennaker (AKA blister)to make good speed. The winds gradually increased and just before we decided it was too much wind for the gennaker, the sail decided for us and ripped right up the middle. Procrastination never pays.
The genny was soon out and we continued on on this beautiful day. As we entered the Gulf Stream the wind was brisk and seas fairly flat. Sunset was spectacular and greeted by our cameras. As Dan served up his Amish meatloaf a pod of dolphins paid us a brief visit. Now we are pulling in the fishing gear, knowing all the fish are still safe, and heading into the darkness towards the cooler waters on the other side of the Stream.

We are not on autopilot

A beautiful sunrise followed the amazing star gazing night and we continued our way up north under gennaker. Like yesterday it quickly became hot and we rigged the sunshade again.
A pod of dolphins visited us briefly and we were still surprised to see so many Portuguese Men of War all around us. We again resisted the temptation to catch one of the very poisonous buggars.
Anyways, we needed another distraction and started to play with the Aries windvane. Step one was to get the rudder in the water, which at 6kn speed is a quite interesting undertaking. Josh put his harness on and climbed over the rail onto the windvane and under the solar panel. Quite a move in itself. It became more interesting when he slipped and fell in the water. You can read if he made back on board in tomorrow’s post…..

Just kidding, of course he was able to climb back onto the windvane after we had slowed Tioga down and we moved on from there. Unfortunately, the two hours that Josh and John invested did not result in much success as we are still hand steering the boat.

In the afternoon the wind picked up as expected. We dropped the gennaker, unfurled the genoa and finally found the eddy that pushed us north with about 1kn of current.
Another perfect sailing day went buy and we are now enjoying the strong phosphoresence (the sparks of the ocean-going rocketship) and more stars. With 7-8kn speed over ground we expect to get to Gulf stream tomorrow afternoon.