Cruising Grounds

Memories of Sailing Cuba

by Nigel Calder, Posted March 16, 2015
In 1995 my family and I circumnavigated Cuba, collecting data for my book, Cuba: a Cruising Guide. I had assumed then that relations between the United States and Cuba would soon be normalized, and that the lifting of the embargo would unleash a flood of American sailors eager to explore Cuban waters.
The warnings are ubiquitous. On the plaque in the Tobermory distillery that declares: “Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whiskey.”   

Iguana in Exumas

by Tor Pinney, Posted January 14, 2015
The outlying Bahamas islands of the Allens Cay group offer a pristine, almost landlocked anchorage for yachts transiting between the Exumas and points west and north. One of them, Leaf Cay, is also the last refuge of the endangered Allens Cay Rock Iguanas

Central America Cruising

by Mike and Robin Stout, Posted January 12, 2015
Cruisers call it the “forgotten coast,” both because it’s off the beaten track that leads to the islands of the South Pacific and because coastal cruisers rarely make it further south than Mexico. For many, the Pacific coast of Central America conjures up visions of corrupt governments and guerilla warfare, but for others it means palm trees and pristine beaches.

Cruising: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

by Paul Franson, Posted December 9, 2014
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, isn’t just a destination for resort-based tourists. It’s also a great place for cruisers and an ideal base from which to explore the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
What a difference 18 years can make. Entering the harbor at the picturesque town of Velas on the island of São Jorge in the Azores, I am remembering the last time I was here. “Disastrous” is a word that comes to mind. 
What you see is not what you get in Hatchet Bay. Located about two-thirds of the way up the long and narrow Bahamian out-island of Eleuthera, it is a great place to visit for cruising sailors
Dinghy sailors will tell you there’s nothing quite like mastering lake sailing, where constant windshifts keep you on your toes, getting doused with spray is a welcome cool-down, and handling your boat just right, especially on the racecourse, is vital...

Sailing in Home Waters

by Contributing Writers, Posted August 26, 2014
Admit it: there’s something unbeatable about sailing in your home waters. You know every tidal pattern, every obscured rock and every fluky habit of the wind. You could navigate with your eyes closed, though you’d never close your eyes, for fear of missing out on the scenery.

A Summer Wilderness Cruise in Prince William Sound

by Kate Laird, Posted August 8, 2014
Eighty-some thousand miles and two children later, we crept up on Alaska from the west, sailing from Hokkaido, Japan, down the Aleutian chain in May aboard Seal, our 56-foot aluminum cutter.
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