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February 19, 2017

St. Lucia has some incredibly spectacular vistas, but the most amazing by far, are the Pitons — two volcanic spires that rise startlingly up out of the Caribbean out of nowhere. They are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and their bases are fringed with prote...

February 10, 2017

A fellow sailor who we met at St. Pierre told us that if you took a mooring or slip at Marigot Bay Marina in northwest St. Lucia,it came with guest privileges at the adjacent five-star Capella Tropical Resort.  Always looking for a bargain and needing some laid-back lu...

February 1, 2017

After an uneventful five-hour passage from Iles Des Saintes, Guadeloupe, we arrived at St. Pierre, our first anchorage in Martinique. It’s a small town on the northwest side of the island that in 1902 was transformed from the “Paris of the Caribbean” to the “Pompeii of...

January 29, 2017

The galley of our boat is in many ways the heart of our cruising life, in the same way that our kitchen was the center of living at home. Food takes on a special significance because I believe a “well-fed crew is a happy crew.” Cayuga has a wonderful, well-designed gal...

January 25, 2017

Sunsets are an important time in our life on the boat. Over time, as we have developed our cruising routine, taking time to stop and experience sunset each day has become a part of or ritual. Having this daily touchstone seems necessary to me, in part, because, as we m...

January 25, 2017

Our friends Don Ellis and Delores Higareda joined us in Deshaies, Guadeloupe where we immediately subjected them to a couple of grueling hikes. But they didn't abandon ship because both ended in a treat -- the first one to a beachside restaurant and the other a beautif...

May 20, 2016

If there's a perfect anchorage, it would have to be Deshaies, a small, picturesque fishing village in the northwest corner of Guadeloupe. I say this because it has the perfect combination of attributes that make up the optimum cruising experience for me: a good French...

January 16, 2016

It was important for us to have our kids help us celebrate our first Christmas on the boat, so they joined us in the US Virgin Islands. Tristan and Jenn flew into St. Thomas and Mike picked them up with the dinghy on the beach beside the airport, then we sailed to St....