Portobelo, Panama

9°33'N 79°39'W  (published March 2012) Mention Panama to a typical cruiser and they’ll usually think of the Panama Canal, the San Blas Islands or Bocas del Toro. But there’s another special little spot worthy of attention. Once the most important port in the entire region, the natural harbor of Portobelo

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Cruising West Sumatra

The rewards of venturing off the beaten path  (published January 2012) [caption id="attachment_4355" align="alignleft" width="300"] Aceh fishing boat and Palong in the background[/caption] The west coast of Sumatra remains somewhat of an enigma to those in the cruising world. Sailors venturing east from the African coastline may stop briefly on

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Getting to Know the Galapagos

A month relaxing and repairing in the islands of enchantment    (published January 2012) In early February 2011, the schooner One World left the beautiful, pristine Las Perlas Islands of Panama, running downwind under full sail on a fresh northerly breeze, bound for Las Islas Encantadas, as the Galapagos were originally

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