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
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):
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).
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
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
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.
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.