Although “vacation” and “pleasure” are not yet authorized reasons for Americans to visit Cuba, it is now possible for U.S. sailors to charter a sailboat and cruise the island’s southern coast. This article in the August 2016 issue of Soundings, describes how, what it’s like, what’s there, and why bareboat chartering in Cuba is not for beginners. A mobile-friendly (one-column) version is also available on the Soundings website.
Also online: A feature on Pire, the legendary “capitan del puerto” at the Cayo Largo marina in Cuba’s first tourist resort island.
Posted in Cruising, Cuba, Environment, sailing, Stephen Blakely, Washington
Tagged Carribean, catamarans, Cruising, Cuba, cuban blockade, cuban embargo, sailing, Stephen Blakely
President Obama’s recent actions to restore normal diplomatic relations with Cuba so far do not extend to the sea: American boaters are still prohibited from crossing the 90 miles of water that separate the two nations. This article in the April 2015 Soundings explains why.
Posted in Cruising, Cuba, sailing, Stephen Blakely
Tagged boating, Boats, Cruising, Cuba, Cuba embargo, cuban blockade, cuban embargo, sailboats, sailing, Stephen Blakely, U.S. Coast Guard
The Haida Gwaii archipelago (formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands), is located at the northwestern-most corner of Canada’s Pacific Northwest. It is one of the most beautiful, remote, and wild places in the world.
This three-part feature in the March 2015 issue of Soundings shows why, on many different levels, there’s no place on Earth like Haida Gwaii. This article won a certificate of merit award in the Travel and Destinations category of the 2015 annual writing contest by Boating Writers International.
Video: Haida Gwaii and the Legacy Pole Raising
Video: Outer Shores, visiting Haida Gwaii by schooner
February 10, 2015 in Boats, Canada, Cruising, Environment, First Nations, Gwaii Haanas, Gwaii Haanas National Park, Haida Gwaii, Pacific Rim, sailing, Stephen Blakely
Tagged Canada, First Nations, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Haida, Haida Gwaii, Hecate Strait, Pacific Northewest, Passing Cloud, Russ Markel, Stephen Blakely, wilderness
Among the most famous wooden schooners in the world, Bluenose has been a floating symbol of Canada for almost a century.
It is also three boats in one: The original, built in 1921 and sunk in 1946, was a working “saltbanker” fishing boat; it beat every American challenger thrown against it for almost 20 years in the most legendary sailboat races ever held between the U.S. and Canada.
The second Bluenose was built in 1963 to market Schooner beer and dismantled in 2012. Construction of the third and newest Bluenose was completed in 2013, in the same Nova Scotia shipyard where its ancestors were built.
This story, published in the July 2013 Soundings, looks at all the Bluenoses, the people and place that produced them, and why it’s one of the most special boats ever built.
Review of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 on the first leg (Annapolis-NYC) of its Great Loop voyage. Published in the August 2012 issue of Soundings.
Great Loop Gallop (reprinted with permisson from Soundings LLC)
Video of Leg 1 (8 mins):
April 2009 Soundings
The U.S. and British Virgin Islands share some of the most popular water in the entire Carribbean — but for boaters who want to cross the border, the rules are anything but clear.
This article in the April 2009 issue of Soundings explores what’s involved and — if you go — how you should prepare.
Posted in British Virgin Islands, BVI, Cruising, Stephen Blakely, U.S. Virgin Islands, USVI, Virgin Islands
Tagged British Virgin Islands, Cruising, customs, St. John, Stephen Blakely, Tortola, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virgin Island
Some people think Washington, DC, is a sewer. Actually, it’s a river town — and getting to it by boat, up the Potomac River from the Chesapeake Bay, is a beautiful and unique way to visit the nation’s capital.
This article in SailingBeat takes a look at Washington by boat.