Tag Archives: Cruising

Sailing Cuba’s Caribbean Coast


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.

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Cuba by Boat…or Not

Cruise_to_Cuba.DT-1-2.April 2015President 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.

The Great Loop Gallop

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):

Sailing New York City

Soundings, October 2011

New York by water opens a whole new world to the Big Apple. This six-page destination story in the October 2011 issue of Soundings magazine tells how to navigate those hectic urban waters, what you’ll see on the way through, and provides some valuable survival advice from one of New York’s professional tugmasters. Online here. 

This article won first place for Travel/Destination story in the Boating Writers International 2012 writing contest (Sec. 4).

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Soundings video with Capt. Bill Brucato, drawn from the article and using Brucato’s videos: “Let the big boat go first.”

Video of my East River passage

Customs in the Virgin Islands

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.

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Norman Island, BVIs

The Infamous “Willie T” floating bar/restaurant in the Bight, Norman Island (SB)

One of the best — and, unfortunately, one of the post popular — anchorages in the British Virgin Islands is Norman Island: Once a pirate’s nest with buried treasure, it now attracts tourists by the boatload. This article from SailingBeat takes a look at a premier cruising destination in the Caribbean.

Washington by Boat

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.