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Sailing Charter News
The modern charter industry makes it possible for ordinary sailors to explore some of the most extraordinary cruising grounds in the world, including the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Florida Keys, Maine, Chesapeake Bay, the Mediterranean and such Polynesian paradises as Tahiti and Tonga.
Time was that mapmakers would append the designation â€śHere be dragonsâ€ť to those portions of the globe still unknown to them. But the terrors of the unknown pale in comparison to the fog, tides and rock (and lobster pot!) strewn harbors of coastal Maineâ€”or so I thought until I actually went there to see for Read More
My last day of a recent weeklong charter revealed an expensive lesson: when we gathered up all the leftover provisions, they covered the saloon table. Iâ€™m no newbie when it comes to provisioning, but I let this one slip as we were harried on departure day and multiple people shopped. Not only is over-provisioning wasteful, Read More
Thereâ€™s a reason New England sailors are so dedicated; New England is simply one of the worldâ€™s best cruising grounds. The southern side of Cape Cod and its off-lying islandsâ€”Nantucket, Marthaâ€™s Vineyard, the Elizabeth Islands and Block Islandâ€”are a cruiserâ€™s dream. The weather is usually benign, there is almost always a sailing breeze, there are Read More
Desolation Sound Weâ€™d been warned that there wasnâ€™t much in the way of wind at the upper end of Vancouver Island in the summer, so as we left the Desolation Sound Yacht Charters base in Comox, headed across the Strait of Georgia toward the mainland, we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves close-reaching into a Read More
While skippering charters around the world, Iâ€™ve learned never to bypass the boat checkout or the chart briefing. While most charter-base managers are thorough with their briefings, be sure to ask about the following so that youâ€™ll be armed with as much information as possible before setting out on unfamiliar waters. Highlights & Traffic Patterns Read More
I like to pay special attention during my charter checkout because from years of learning the hard way, Iâ€™ve come to realize that the time to figure out what will go wrong later is before you leave. Also, while I listen to what the base managers are telling me, I also keep an ear open Read More
For years Iâ€™ve been hearing about the Spanish Virgin Islands, as theyâ€™re called, on the eastern edge of Puerto Rico: how theyâ€™re like the U.S. and theÂ British Virgin Islands once were before being discovered by the charter and tourist trade, with their wide-open anchorages, sleepy port towns, and nearly deserted beaches. Imagine my surprise then Read More
Chartering with people who have never done it before? No problem, so long as you consider their needs, interests, fears, budgets and passions. Itâ€™s also important to remember that itâ€™s their vacation too. Even if youâ€™re an old pro with multiple charters under your belt, new people have no idea what to expect, and youâ€™ll Read More
I was feeling nervous as my mom, my brother and I walked to the baggage claim area at St. Thomas airport to meet my three best friends from college. Non-sailors all, Andrew, Alex and Wayne were joining us for a weekâ€™s bareboat charter in the BVI aboard a brand new Moorings 45.3. I had grown Read More
If you want to get your catamaran vacation fix this winter (or next summer) and want a unique experience, consider one of the following 10 destinations. Maybe youâ€™ve only got a week and want to stay close to home. Or perhaps you have loads of time off and donâ€™t mind a long flight. Either way, Read More