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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Cruising Croatia

Exploring new grounds on the Dalmatian Coast  (published March 2012) Our group of eight had been to the British Virgin Islands twice and had a great time during both trips, but we were looking for new adventures and a next step in sailing challenges. Descriptions of the Dalmatian Coast sounded

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Get Experienced

Five offshore adventures that will build your blue water skills and may change your life  (published August 2014) There is no better way to build the skills and confidence you need for safe passagemaking and extended cruising than by making long offshore passages with  experienced instructors.  Here are five ways

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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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Cruising Norway

An armchair sailor's dream charter comes true  (published April 2014) It all began one cold and snowy winter day in the northeast while watching an episode of “Distant Shores” that included a section on the Shard's voyage to Norway. A few days later a reference to a new digital version

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Before the Mast

Sailing on a tall ship or schooner can be a thrilling, life changing experience  (published March 2014) There is something exhilarating, fascinating and even romantic about sailing on a tall ship or traditional schooner. Maybe it is the deep history of explorers traveling across oceans to find new lands, or

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Please Go Away…Sailing, That is

(published March 2014) Sailing on other peoples’ boats (chartering) for a summer vacation somewhere you have always dreamed of exploring is a great way to experience something new.  Even if you have your own boat at home, chartering opens up doors to experiences that you may never have otherwise.   

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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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