St. Vincent to Grenada in Ten Days

Escape to the southern Caribbean with a one way charter  (published October 2016) Pressing your face against the cool glass window of a small plane, you peer out to see the brilliant blue water far below dotted with tiny patches of land. Tropical, exotic, sexy—all those lovely words come to

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Leaving the Bahamas-Take Bruce or Frank

Deciding the best possible route to leave the Bahamas  (published May 2016) As we proceeded south through the Bahamas, we made the inevitable stopover in George Town. It was still early in the season, but the forest of masts that greeted us was immense already.  The self-appointed statistician of the

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Searching for Solitude in Bocas Del Toro

Exploration of the islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama  (published January 2016)  The outboard cut out just after we left the dock and crept the dinghy out from the mangroves into still, black water. It was a new moon, and the wash of stars overhead was our only light source.

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Caribbean Escape

This winter, escape the ice and snow by jetting south to the Caribbean for a week or two of charter.  There is nothing like a week or two in the sun and warmth of the Caribbean for chasing away the winter blues and restoring your spirit. The Caribbean has so

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Places No One Ever Goes

The second part of Barbara and Bram's exploration of little-known islands  (published December 2015) Four to five knots moving along pleasantly, a fine day of sailing. We had caught tuna and the wind was in our sails, the water was relatively smooth and Bram might actually like sailing today. Most

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Places No One Has Been Before

Visiting Swan Islands, Islas Santanilla and Islas del Cisne  (published November 2015) Bram had been waiting for me in the Caymans for three weeks and was tired of being surrounded by giant cruise ships and thousands of his new best friends who poured off them. “I was thinking that we

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Cubism: It’s Complicated

Six hundred miles long, with 2,000 miles of coastline, Cuba dominates the Caribbean from Hispaniola to Yucatan. Her labyrinthine south side can be as complicated to navigate as her cruising regulations, but, as they say in Spanish, vale la pena. It's worth the trouble.  Part 2.  (published August 2015) We

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Cuba: Pearl of the Antilles

Part 1-Long the forbidden land just 90 miles from Florida, Cuba has a lot to offer cruisers  (published July 2015) “I think we are in a prohibited area,” my Finnish crew said casually, puzzling over his phone. He pointed toward the pink line on his Navionics app. We were already

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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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Chatham Bay, Union Island

12.60° N, 61.43° W  Enjoy island life away from the crowds  (published April 2013) A bright smile, cold rum punch, island music to sooth your ears, warm sand to cover your toes and the blue Caribbean spreading out to the setting sun. A cruiser’s heaven? We think so. This is

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