Pacific Personalities

The vast Pacific contains some of the most remote pockets of humanity on earth. With many islands hundreds or even a thousand miles from their nearest neighbors, the small communities we have found during our off-the-beaten track sailing contain a decidedly self-sufficient outlook. In many of these places, one or

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Pit Stop in Paradise

Exploring Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador  (published May 2012) With the depth alarm screaming, we entered the surf line and I threw the wheel all the way to starboard, struggling to keep our 64-foot steel schooner from broaching. A 14-foot breaking wave had quickly enveloped us and our stern rose alarmingly,

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Portobelo, Panama

9°33'N 79°39'W  (published March 2012) Mention Panama to a typical cruiser and they’ll usually think of the Panama Canal, the San Blas Islands or Bocas del Toro. But there’s another special little spot worthy of attention. Once the most important port in the entire region, the natural harbor of Portobelo

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Getting to Know the Galapagos

A month relaxing and repairing in the islands of enchantment    (published January 2012) In early February 2011, the schooner One World left the beautiful, pristine Las Perlas Islands of Panama, running downwind under full sail on a fresh northerly breeze, bound for Las Islas Encantadas, as the Galapagos were originally

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