Cruising

New Entry Regulations in Thailand

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

Since July 1, boats clearing into Thailand have been issued bright orange pennants marked with an identification number and the words "Phuket Immigration". Theses flags must be flown for the duration of the boat's stay in Thai waters and returned upon departure.

Armed Thai officials are conducting regular checks to ensure that all foreign vessels have properly cleared customs.


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Gone Ape in Indo

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
A circumnavigating couple seek exotica in Indonesia—and find it.Story and Photos by Tina Dreffin

Scud, our 44-foot St. Francis catamaran, was going like a train before a fresh southeast breeze in the shadow of five volcanoes, some rumbling, others slumbering. Two fishermen emerged out of the haze, casting nets and beating the azure waters with bamboo poles to herd


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Driving The Interstate ICW

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Unfavorable winds turn an offshore adventure into a sleepy crawl down the DitchBy Dave Baldwin

We emerged from the darkness of an overnight passage 10 miles off the North Carolina coast when Joe asked an ordinarily easy question: “Should we turn off the engines and sail?” The light breeze had finally clocked around so that it wasn’t hitting us on the nose and—having spent


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Split Decision

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
A thousand islands, a balmy climate, friendly people: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast knocks the socks of most other cruising grounds

With my wife, Roz, and my old Scottish mate, Patrick, I’d bought tickets on a low-price airline from London to Split. Two and a half hours later we were losing altitude over a fairytale fortress on a tiny island. We’ll sail there for sure, I


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When Irish Eyes Are Sailing

by Sail Staff, Posted August 7, 2008
A premonition of things to come on the coast of Country Cork.

As my wife, Clare, is from County Kerry, I have spent some time over the past several years exploring the southwest corner of the Emerald Isle by land and have enjoyed it immensely. Still, my eyes have always been drawn to the shore and the sea beyond. Even when viewed from land, the southwest Irish coast presents


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