- Nov 25, 2014
- Nov 10, 2014
- Nov 05, 2014
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.
During a recent conversation with retired Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone, I asked for his take on safety equipment for sailing offshore, and he responded with an answer I’d never heard before.
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 place so twig-like you wonder how it hasn’t broken.
Those who transit the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) often talk about the strange sense of history they feel while plying its waters. At anchor, whether in St. Mary’s or St. Augustine, they say they can’t help but think of those who have come before them: the tugs and barges, the pirates and looters, the sailors, the soldiers.
Long-simmering disputes in Florida between waterfront residents and cruising sailors came to a head this past summer, with residents pushing for new regulations that would prohibit anchoring within 300 feet of residential property.