Before the Mast

Sailing on a tall ship or schooner can be a thrilling, life changing experience  (published March 2014) There is something exhilarating, fascinating and even romantic about sailing on a tall ship or traditional schooner. Maybe it is the deep history of explorers traveling across oceans to find new lands, or

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Please Go Away…Sailing, That is

(published March 2014) Sailing on other peoples’ boats (chartering) for a summer vacation somewhere you have always dreamed of exploring is a great way to experience something new.  Even if you have your own boat at home, chartering opens up doors to experiences that you may never have otherwise.   

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10 Days in the B.V.I.

Here's a quick guide to 10 days in the world's favorite chartering playground  (published December 2013) The British Virgin Islands were created to be a charter destination. There are dozens of protected anchorages. The wind is usually fair and mild. The beaches are beautiful and the reefs fun to snorkel

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Winter Charter Season Deals

How to get the best deals on your Caribbean charter vacation this winter  (published October 2013) The Caribbean is the world’s most popular place to charter a sailboat and among the many islands, the British Virgin Islands are home to the vast majority of the boats and the largest crowds

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Which Island is the Best?

Experienced Caribbean Island hoppers answer an unexpected question  (published September 2013) Get a group of cruisers together and the word “best” will be mentioned frequently: the best type of anchor, the best chartplotter, the best weather and routing advice, the best storm tactics. But when we recently mentioned that we

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Sailing Expeditions

From learn-t0-voyage experiences to Antarctic adventures, there are lots of ways to fill your sea boots with salt water  (published August 2013) Most of us don’t sail our own boat to the high latitudes or across oceans, but that shouldn’t stop us from having these experiences on other people’s ocean

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A World of Opportunities

Flotillas are a great way to enjoy a sailing vacation in destinations worldwide  (published August 2013) Just outside English Harbour, Antigua, Jill and I raised the sails on our chartered Jeanneau 44i and I looked at three other identical boats nearby to check how they were doing. With bright white

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Southern Learning

Why heading south this winter for a sailing course might be right for you  (published August 2013) Having taught everything from Learn to Sail to Race Weeks to Offshore Passagemaking classes in beautiful southern locales, one theme—besides sailing—typically appears: students aren’t just there to learn, they’re on vacation. Over the

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Charter Companies Worldwide

(published August 2013) THE CARIBBEAN BVI Yacht Charters St. Martin; St. Vincent and the Grenadines www.bviyachtcharters.com 888-615-4006 Conch Charters Tortola www.conchcharters.com 284-494-4868 Footloose Charters Tortola; Virgin Gorda; Jost Van Dyke; Anegada www.footloosecharters.com 888-952-6013 Horizon Yacht Charters Tortola; Antigua and Barbuda; St. Martin; the Grenadines www.horizonyachtcharters.com 877-494-8787 Island Yachts St. Thomas,

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12 Caribbean Charter Hot Spots

For great sailing, fun in the sun and musical beach-bar evenings, chartering in the Caribbean has no equal  (published August 2013) Bareboat chartering in the Caribbean has something for everyone as long as you like warm trade wind breezes, beautiful clear water, fun and fast sailing days, walks on pure

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