Med Mooring

(published August 2017) As we slowly rounded the rocky headland crowned with feathery pines, picturesque Poros town slowly revealed itself, taking my breath away. The terracotta tiled roofs gleamed in the late morning sun, the clock tower pointed up like a finger raised to remind us that it is almost

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Discovering Poros

Legend has it that once you visit Poros you will always return  (published August 2017) The azure sea was smooth as satin, touching the infinite sky under a veil of silvery haze. We had been motoring for nearly eight hours from Kythnos to Poros, a tiny island clinging to the

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A High Wind in Greece

Celador was spending the summer sailing in the Greek islands in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Little did we suspect that this cruise would include a lesson from weather school. Our topic: the meltemi  (published May 2016) The islands of the Cyclades group are roughly arranged in an elongated

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San Blas Islands

When you get the chance to visit the San Blas Islands, you take it. I accepted a position as first mate aboard the Solitaria, a 39 foot Fountaine Pajot catamaran, sailing from Barranquilla, Colombia to Portobelo, passing through the fabled San Blas Islands  (published April 2016) We departed Marina Puerto

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Cruising the “Twelve”

The Dodecanese Islands of Greece  (published October 2015) We were cruising the Turkish coast for six weeks aboard Celador, a 41-foot Beneteau, and enjoying Turkish culture, history and food.  Offshore, islands floated in the haze. They were the Dodecanese, a string of twelve Greek islands lying close along the coast

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Thirty-six Hours in Deshaies

A short stop in Guadeloupe provides many rewards  (published August 2013) While making the passage north from Dominica to Antigua for the Classic Yacht Regatta on Sinbad, we took the easy way and decided to stop in Les Saintes and then in Deshaies (pronounced “Day-ay”) on the northwest coast of

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Bountiful Bonaire

Spend hurricane season soaking in Bonaire's laid back beauty  (published April 2013) It was June 1, 2012, the opening day of hurricane season, and Sinbad, our 42’ Whitby ketch, was underway from Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, bound for Bonaire to spend the summer in the Netherlands Antilles.We sailed southwest across the

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Girls’ Day Out

Willemstad, Curacao  (published January 2013) Every few weeks, our group of female friends rides the bus from our anchorage in Spanish Waters, Curacao into Willemstad for a day in town. The men call it “Womanless Wednesday.” Spanish Waters is a large harbor where cruisers heading to the western Caribbean or

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Turkey Trot

Exploring one of the Mediterranean's finest destinations by land and sea  (published January 2015) [caption id="attachment_7077" align="alignleft" width="415"] The bustling town of Marmaris is a good place to start a cruise in Turkey[/caption] Turkey in August is the beginning of the fall sailing season. It is hot and dry during

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Around Nassau Town

25° 3' N / 77° 20' W  (published August 2014) Nassau, in the Bahamas, has a rough reputation, and locals confirmed that I should watch myself as I rambled alone around the city. In the marina area east of the bridges to Paradise Island, people have had jewelry snatched off their

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