The Routes

While Tioga spends most of her time coastal cruising in New England, longer offshore trips take place every couple of years.

In 2008 a first Gulf Stream crossing on the way to Bermuda confirmed Tioga’s excellent offshore capabilities.
In 2010/2011, the crew took it one step further and sailed from Nahant to Bermuda and on to the Caribbean and back.
The Atlantic circle took Tioga 2015-2017 in numerous legs with various crews  from Nahant, MA, to Europe, the Caribbean and then back to the US.

Preparations are going on to sail in the summer of 2019 from Nahant, MA up the coast to Nova Scotia, the French islands, Miquelon and St Pierre, as well as St Johns in Newfoundland. From there we will continue on to Ireland.

History

2017 – Nahant to New York City and back

After a windy beginning we had a relaxed arrival in New York City. Sailing to this picturesque city made New York appear quite differently than the usual arrival by car or plane.
The sail down the Hudson and up the East River was followed by an enjoyable cruise down Long Island Sounds and a stop-over on Block Island.
The J-Class worlds in Newport were impressive to see up close and a visit to Cuttyhunk a must over Labor Day.

2017 – Trinidad to Nahant via Bermuda

After a fair bit of boatwork, a new teak deck and hull painted, we cast off to the Grenadines, swam with turtles in Tobago Cays, visited the rich & famous in Mustique, almost set up a collaboration with the Bequia sailing program and made it to Antigua in time for Classic Week.
The sail from Antigua via Barbuda (then still habitable and by far our favourite beach) and St Barth’s to Bermuda was one of the most relaxed ones we had in this areas. Perfect temperature & wind and we even caught a tuna.
Of course, watching the America’s Cup live, followed by the J-boat regatta are hard to ignore as serious highlights.

2016/17 – Canary Islands to Trinidad

Great sail from Lanzarote to Tobago. Initially windy and wavy between the Canary Island and then mostly downwind. Finally caught a fish (off Barbados) and enjoyed exploring Tobago and then Trinidad.

2016 – Northern Europe to Canary Islands

Late start due to delayed mast replacement. Hit a rock in Denmark and got is all repaired quickly – but only managed to visit southern Norway. Calm North Sea crossing and a very memorable tour through the Caledonian Canal in Scotland were followed by impressive scenery in NW Scotland and yet another canal adventure in the Crinan Canal. Whiskey distilleries in Scotland and the Temple Bar district in Dublin made for nice distractions before the longer sail down the Bay of Biscayne to Spain.
Impressive history, great food followed us all along to Porto, Lisbon and then Madeira.
We finished it off with a remarkable visit to La Graciosa before a break in Lanzarote.

2015 – Nahant to Europe via Azores

Great 2 week trip with three storms on the way to Flores followed by visits to numerous islands of the Azores. 10 day sail to France with mostly decent weather and amazing food by Chef Davis. High tides, strong currents in the Channel followed by a North Sea crossing and the finish to Germany via the Kiel Canal.

2012 – Nahant to Maine and back

Our best coastal cruising so far.

2011 – Bermuda to Nahant

The calmest Gulf Stream crossing so far.

2011 – Antigua to Bermuda

The calmest sail so far, quite often looking for wind. Watch the bucket if you catch Portugese men of war!


2010 – Christmas Cruise in the Caribbean

Great family sail to numerous new destinations, perfect weather, warm water, tough to beat.

2010 – Bermuda to Antigua

The best bluewater leg so far. One long reach from Bermuda to St Martin with plenty of wind all the way.

2010 – Nahant to Bermuda

First leg on the way to Antigua. Numerous heavy storms ensured a good workout for crew and boat.


2008 – Nahant to Bermuda and back

We left Nahant June 6 in the afternoon and reached Bermuda on the 11th. So, it took us about 5 days for the roughly 660nm, ie an average speed of 5.5kt.

NHT2BDA

Preparation for the trip looked like this:

BDA 2008 prep

Bermuda to Nahant:

We were very lucky: two tacks around Graves and then no more tacks/jibes until Bermuda

Wind:   westerly winds 0-35kn
Waves:  1-8ft
Water:   low 50’s in NHT, low 90’s in BDA
Sea live:  First whales off graves, dolphins, flying fish, one large turtle, portuguese man of war

Nahant to Bermuda:

Lucky again: one jibe out of BDA and then straight to NHT

Wind:   westerly winds 0-40kn
Waves:  1-15ft
Water:   low 90’s in BDA, 60’s in NHT
Sea live:  whales, dolphins, flying fish, sunfish, portuguese man of war

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