Summer Sailing Vacation Guide

How to plan a summer sailing vacation that will take you to new cruising grounds and help you build cruising skills along the way  (published March 2018) Before we took off to sail our own boat on an extended cruise that ended up being a circumnavigation, Rosie wanted to build

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Paradise Found

A charter in French Polynesia's Isles Sous les Vents offers wonderful sailing, beautiful anchorages and amazing diving  (published August 2017) It was a while ago. Perhaps it’s been too long since the sight of jagged tropical mountains and the smell of freshly baked baguettes pierced the morning.  Now, through a

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Owning a Boat in a Charter Fleet

What are the pros and cons of owning a boat in a bareboat charter fleet?  (published May 2017) There is nothing quite like walking down a dock in some exotic location with your sea bag on your shoulder and climbing aboard your own boat with the name you gave it

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Sailing Phuket

Exploring Thailand's Phang Nga Bay on a 14-day Sunsail charter  (pictures by Michaela Urban, published May 2017) I spent a number of years working as a journalist in Southeast Asia in the 1990s, and fell in love with the region, especially Thailand. However, it wasn’t until recently that I finally

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Family Charter Downeast

Experienced dinghy sailors take a week off to explore the Maine coast and the wonders of Penobscot Bay  (published March 2017) My family has sailed a lot of miles and, while that includes several cruises, the majority of our time is spent on Midwestern lakes racing on course circles. We

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Girls Gone Sailing in the Abacos

The Abaco chain in the northern Bahamas offers lots of beautiful harbors and plenty of flat-water sailing  (published March 2017) Sometimes when planning a charter you start with a series of constraints rather than a destination in mind. In our case recently, we had an important crew member who was

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Color Outside the Lines

A charter in the Greek Cyclades Islands puts rainbows to shame  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) I had always thought that if Greece were a color, it would be white: all that ancient white marble architecture of the Acropolis and the dry yellow-white rocky hills of its thousands of islands. But after

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The Exumas Rediscovered

Two families explore the wonders and wilds of the Bahamas during an Exuma charter  (published August 2016) Being at the helm of a catamaran for the first time in a 20-knot, early-morning breeze felt a little like being shot out of a cannon at full speed. We enjoyed a nice

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