Bar Exam

Part 1: Getting to one of the western Caribbean's best hurricane holes can be an education in patience and seamanship  (published January 2014) Ninety minutes before high tide, Hanalei reached the sea buoy outside Livingston, Guatemala that marked the mouth of the Rio Dulce. This would be the last tide

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Salty Dawg Rally 2013

(published January 2014) The 2013 Salty Dawg Rally, which sailed from Hampton, VA to the Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC), Virgin Gorda, B.V.I, wrapped up in mid-November with the fleet arriving at their destinations safely and soundly. The SDR 2013 was the largest sailing rally ever to depart the East

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Fun with French

Learning a language while cruising can be a fun way to enhance your interactions with the locals  (published January 2014) Listen and then repeat: “Bonjour.” “Bon Jour.” -- Beep --. I am hard at work studying French using Rosetta Stone on my laptop with headphones, while tucked in at the

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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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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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Saba, NA

17° 38' 44" N, 63° 13' 14" W  (published January 2013) The weather window did not open as predicted, and 75 miles due east of St. Croix, Saba jutted out of the Caribbean like a beacon, offering a rest and adventure before we continued our passage south. We accepted the

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Great Heights

Exploring St. Pierre, Martinique from the ground up  (published July 2012) On a close reach in 15 to 18 knots, headed for the beach of St. Pierre, Martinique, I was told to “go get the anchor ready.” Anchoring under sail between the local fishing boats moored off the beach was

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Get Low

17° 38’ 60 N, 61° 51’ 0 W  (published February 2012) Think of your favorite picturesque anchorage with a gorgeous beach, beautiful water and few people. Now replace that image with one of Low Bay, Barbuda. If pictures of Low Bay are not used as tourist propaganda for Antigua–Barbuda, they

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