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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A Leeward Islands Odyssey

A week on  a crewed charter cat opens their eyes to the Caribbean wonders  (published March 2013) Dawn arrived slowly. The night had wrapped its blanket of darkness around this beautiful Caribbean island and seemed reluctant to release its grip. From the deck of my chartered cat, I watched the

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B.V.I.s Off the Beaten Track

You can still find secluded anchorages and unspoiled snorkeling  (published March 2013) The British Virgin Islands, because of their near perfect sailing and cruising features, have become a hub for chartering and a winter getaway for those unfortunates trapped in the frosty north. This has resulted in the need for

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Oranjestad, St. Eustatius

17°29"N 62°59"W  (published April 2015) When we reached the summit of St. Eustatius’ iconic volcano, the Quill, the small town of Oranjestad and its adjacent anchorage seemed to be dwarfed by the openness of the blue ocean behind it. We’d woken in the dark and taken the dinghy ashore to

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Basseterre, St. Kitts

17° 10’ N, 62° 43’ W  (published February 2015) We picked up our 40 foot charter cat from the Horizon Yacht Charter base in Jolly Harbour, Antigua and, after clearing out, set off on a one way charter from Antigua to the Horizon base in St. Martin. As we were

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Best of the Grenadines

  Choose your own adventure in one of the Caribbean's finest cruising grounds  (published October 2014) A strong easterly breeze and hefty quartering sea had us moving quickly towards and then past St. Vincent on our way to the Grenadines as puffy white clouds scuttled by. It was one of

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All Together Now

A family charter in the British Virgin Islands creates lasting memories and leaves the crew yearning for more  (published August 2014) [caption id="attachment_6648" align="alignleft" width="486"] Jill, Porter, Russ and Beth at the Moorings base[/caption] Firmly wedged between the cockpit table and the windward settee, my nephew George napped in his

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Salty Dawg Rally Update

(published March 2014) As winter in the Caribbean rolls on, the 110-strong Salty Dawg fleet that sailed in company last November from Hampton, Va. to The Bitter End Yacht Club in the B.V.I. is enjoying the pleasures of cruising in the topics. Some boats have remained in the B.V.I. while

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Sweet Spots on the Rio Dulce

Part II: Getting to one of the western Caribbean's best hurricane holes  (published February 2014) Still hoping that it wasn’t a huge mistake to take the boat up the Rio Dulce, we hauled anchor and started the engine, eager to put Livingston behind us. It wasn’t only the town’s costly

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