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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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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Charming Chartering in Corfu

The northern Ionian Sea offers some of the best sailing, cruising and exploring in all of Greece  (published August 2016) We have always loved to charter in Greece and these days The Moorings offers three bases. If you are looking for outstanding food, sailing and interesting port visits any one

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A School with a View

Ever wonder if sailing school is for you? Here’s what it’s like to spend a week in hands-on training where teachable moments come hard and fast (Published August 2016) We really only had one shot at the next move. On the wheel, Doug brought us head to wind as Yi

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Exploring Guatemala

Every once in awhile, the cruising life hands you very special moments (Published August 2016) THE RIO CHOCÓN MACHACASseem to have those special moments with Bram Van Dijk on his Hughes Columbia 40, Donna Dee. I had just crossed the Atlantic as crew on another boat and still found that

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