Mexico’s Costa Alegre

Cruising the "Gold Coast"  (published April 2012) The Pacific coast of Mexico stretches for hundreds of miles, but the prime cruising ground is a short 50-mile stretch south of Puerto Vallarta. Fondly called the “Gold Coast” by cruisers for decades, it is also known as the “Costa Alegre” or “Costalegre,”

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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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I See a Miracle

Why don't sailors sail anymore?  (published March 2012) Nassau, 0900 hours. After picking up Curt Hewett, who will help me during the offshore passage to North Carolina, we raise the sails, weigh anchor and head westward out of Nassau Harbour. Noticing the stir we’re creating and all the cameras aimed

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Malta

The crossroads of the Mediterranean  (published January 2012) It’s hard to cruise the Mediterranean and miss Malta, an island literally at the crossroads of Europe and North Africa. There, it’s as common to meet sailors heading east for the Red Sea as those heading west to Gibraltar, as we were.

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Cruising West Sumatra

The rewards of venturing off the beaten path  (published January 2012) [caption id="attachment_4355" align="alignleft" width="300"] Aceh fishing boat and Palong in the background[/caption] The west coast of Sumatra remains somewhat of an enigma to those in the cruising world. Sailors venturing east from the African coastline may stop briefly on

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Bermuda and Beyond

Getting from the East Coast ato Bermuda can present a road full of potholes It’s another Bermuda Race year. That, however, is just one of the many reasons that sailors fetch up on those wreck-strewn, reef-surrounded, sandy, and yet still hospitable shores. At times, it can be a real trial

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An Act of God

The doubled-up wave on the quarter immediately spun the 50-footer's stern down and the bow up to weather. But, the worst was to follow... I met the owner of the Grand Soleil 50 early on an October Saturday morning, and we quickly went through the boat, tied to a mooring

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