Embarking on a nautical journey in the south of Puerto Rico unveils a world where the waves become your dance partners! Rincon's Serenade of Surf and Sun: Rincon, known for its mesmerizing waves, attracts sailors seeking the perfect blend of adventure and tranquility. As a sailing enthusiast, navigating through the crystalline waters surrounding Rincon feels like choreography with the ocean's rhythmic dance. The vibrant surf culture adds a unique charm to this coastal gem, making it an ideal destination for those craving a connection with both nature and the thrill of the sea. Don’t miss the LIGHTHOUSE | Surrounding the Faro de Punta Higuero (Rincón's lighthouse), Parque Pasivo El Faro has small kiosks at the water's edge. If you're lucky, you may spot a whale in the distance. Exploring Ponce – Carnival, History, and Beyond: Ponce has a yesteryear charm and an increasingly cosmopolitan vibe! Dive into the vibrant chaos of the Ponce Carnival, a lively celebration that unfolds with colorful parades, music, and a jubilant atmosphere. Ponce's vejigante masks are made of lapermâché and are most prominent during the February carnival. Many have tican and Native American elements. Sailing into Ponce provides a unique perspective, allowing you to witness the festivities from the tranquil waters, creating a memorable contrast to the lively streets. Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club: For sailors seeking a haven off the coast, the Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club is a maritime sanctuary. Nestled in a picturesque setting, this club offers not just a dock for your vessel but a community where fellow sailors share tales of the sea. Enjoy the camaraderie, facilities, and perhaps even participate in local regattas for an added dash of competitive spirit. From food trucks to farm-to-table restaurants to simple roadside stands, the southwest has great dining and snacking options. Sample [...]
Looking for a place to play Robinson Crusoe? Well, here you can wander along almost any stretch of sand and rarely see another soul. As you sail along the pristine coastline, the allure of secluded beaches and untouched landscapes welcomes you to a world of tranquility. For decades, Vieques grappled with a tumultuous history, marked by a clash between islanders and distant federal authorities. Two-thirds of the island's expanse, predominantly on the eastern end, served as a U.S. Navy bombing range, while the western tip functioned as an ammunition dump. The aftermath of a tragic bombing incident in April 1999 sparked widespread protests, eventually leading to the military's departure on May 1, 2003. Paradoxically, the military presence inadvertently shielded Vieques from rampant resort development. Today, the former naval grounds have transformed into the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. The woodsy western end boasts cycling trails, offering a scenic ride around Monte Pirata, the island's highest peak. Year by year, more of the eastern region opens up, granting access to breathtaking beaches that gently slope into the calm embrace of turquoise waters. One of the refuge's highlights is Puerto Mosquito, a bay shaped like a flask inhabited by bioluminescent microorganisms. Kayakers can revel in the enchanting spectacle of glowing waters at night, creating a mesmerizing experience amidst nature's wonders. Sailing the turquoise waters around Vieques, Puerto Rico, with a light breeze, savoring lobster delights, and celebrating 35 years of cherished friendship with Angela Barzen 💋 As you sail around Vieques, the endless palms lining the shore stand testament to the island's pristine allure. The absence of resort developers, coupled with the protection afforded by the wildlife refuge, ensures an untouched paradise for those seeking solace on the high seas. In the embrace of Isla de Vieques, the echoes of a tumultuous past [...]
La Terraza di San Juan Boutique Hotel, a lovely place to discover the city! Old San Juan is Puerto Rico's quintessential colonial neigh-borhood. Narrow streets and plazas are still enclosed by thick fortress walls, and bougainvillea bowers spill over exquisite facades. A walk along streets paved with slate-blue cobblestones leads past colonial mansions, ancient churches, and intriguing museums and galleries. Vivacious restaurants and bars that teem with life young and old are always nearby, making it easy to refuel and reinvigorate anytime during your stroll. Vibrant hues and lively spirit paint the canvas of life in Puerto Rico, where every moment is a celebration of color and culture. San Juan’s vibrant charm stole our hearts! Highly recommend this lively destination. Excitement builds as Captain Torsten sails our way, arriving tonight with Anke in tow.
Pinel Island St. Martin is known for its half-French, half-Dutch culture, the Sint Maarten – Heineken-Regatta, and its picturesque beaches (with famous views of the planes approaching and leaving the Caribbean island). Anchorage Pinel Grand Case Beach 5 years after Irma and rebuilding is far from being completed. Hurricane Irma struck the island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin on September 6th, 2017. Irma was a category 5 storm with strong winds that reached a peak intensity of 177 mph (285 km/h). Hurricane Irma had a devastating effect on the infrastructure of the island, entire marinas on the French side of Saint Martin were left in ruins due to boats colliding with each other as a result of the strong winds. Approximately 95% of the buildings in Sint Maarten/ Saint Martin were damaged and 60% of those buildings were totally uninhabitable. 5,5 years later and the destruction caused by Irma is still visible. Orient Bay: 5 years after Hurricane Irma and rebuilding is far from being completed. The destruction caused by Irma is still visible…. Don’t miss Pinel Island, a charming small island just a 5-10 minute boat ride from Orient Bay. Clear turquoise water and white sand beach. A slice of heaven! There are two restaurants on the island. We visited Karibuni. You can go for a hike, see iguanas, snorkel and stay the night ⚓️, sometimes some swell coming over the reef. Karibuni Right next to the runway of Saint Martin's airport, there’s Maho Beach. It is right under the flight path of the planes taking off and landing, so they fly extremely low here. When they take off, they expel jet blasts, which can literally blow you away. The Dutch side of St. Maarten generally sees more tourists, thanks to being home to the airport and the place where cruise ships dock. [...]
Der erste wirklich große Unterschied ist wohl die Zeit, die man für eine Reise investieren muss. Während ein Urlaub drei Wochen meist nicht überschreitet, segeln manche Globetrotter jahrelang durch die Welt. Intensives Reisen bringt Dich im Gegensatz zu einem erholsamen Urlaub an Deine Grenzen. Wer reist, sollte risikobereit sein. Zu einer langen Reise mit einem Segelschiff gehören auch schlechte Tage, Verzweiflung, Probleme und vielleicht sogar der ein oder andere kleine „Nervenzusammenbruch“ dazu, denn vor allem an diesen intensiven Gefühlen und den damit verbundenen Problemstellungen und deren Lösung kannst Du charakterlich wirklich wachsen. Da eine Reise eben keine „heile Traumwelt“ ist, sondern Dich ständig vor Probleme stellt und Dich dazu zwingt wichtige Dinge zu organisieren, gibt sie Dir ständig die Gelegenheit neue Fähigkeiten zu entwickeln und ein starkes Selbstbewusstsein zu erlangen. Dabei ist es vor allem die Unvorhersehbarkeit – wie sich die Reise entwickelt, welche Route Du genau einschlägst oder welche Herausforderungen der nächste Tag für Dich bereithält, die Deine Zeit auf Reisen zu etwas Besonderem macht an dem Du persönlich wachsen kannst. Wir erleben den Alltag in anderen Ländern und Kulturen hautnah und erleben die Dinge, die auch die Einheimischen täglich tun und können so ein Land sehr intensiv kennenlernen. Das spannende an unserer Reise ist für mich: • Wir lernen und sehen Dinge, von denen wir zuvor nie gehört haben. • Wir verlassen jeden Tag die Komfortzone und machen Dinge, die wir uns vor einem Jahr nie zugetraut hätten. Wir haben in den letzten Monaten ein Erdbeben, ein Seebeben, 2 Vulkanausbrüche und mehrere Stürme erlebt. Wir erfahren jeden Tag viel über die Probleme der Einheimischen auf den karibischen Inseln. Trotz massiven Infrastruktur-Problemen und ständigen Hurrikan-Gefahren sind die Menschen hier übrigens unglaublich gelassen und positiv. Als Reisender lernt man so ganz schnell, sich selbst nicht als „Zentrum des Universums “ [...]
The French Butterfly Island is a sailor’s paradise perfect for “la belle la vie”—the beautiful life. Guadeloupe is one of our top picks! Guadeloupe is one of the Eastern Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles islands. It is made up of six inhabited islands. The two main islands of Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, look like the wings of a butterfly from above. While Guadeloupe is popular among French tourists (I mean, it IS a French island), it’s a little less known to North Americans. What makes the island unique is its overwhelming and undisturbed natural beauty. Unlike many Caribbean islands, it is not plastered with huge capacity resorts. It’s tropical, volcanic, French-style, and off the beaten path! Basse-Terre is mountainous, volcanic, and has lots of places to go hiking and waterfall chasing. This is where you’ll find the Guadeloupe National Park, and protected marine areas that are fantastic for diving, like Reserve Cousteau. Chocolate and coffee are also produced in Basse-Terre. Chute du Carbet The Carbet Waterfalls are a series of three cascading waterfalls on the lower slopes of the volcano, La Soufriere. Bouillante Anchorage : Bouillante, Basse-Terre, in front of the natural thermal springs heated by volcanic activity !!! The temperature can reach 80°, fortunatelly the waves refresh the temperature of the hot spring. You can spot Iguanas on the beach, in the trees, on the rocks, in the gardens…. Grande-Terre – which despite its name (meaning 'big land') is far smaller than Basse-Terre. Its south coast, with reef-protected waters and golden-sand beaches, is the country's main resort area. By comparison, the eastern side of the island is barely touched by tourism: it's largely open to the Atlantic's waves, and instead of beaches has crashing surf off much of its rocky coastline. It is popular with surfers, however, who converge on the [...]
What if ???? The problem with sailing is the more you learn about it, the more you realize all the ways the ocean is out to get you. When you are new to sailing and in the middle of the Ocean on a 48ft boat, there is a lot to be worried about. What if the weather changes or what if there is a storm? What if something goes wrong, what if we fall in, what if we hit a container or whale? I’m a fearful adventurer ! In everyday life, I tend to apply the rule that I can only worry about things that are in my control, the rest you sort of have to let go of. However, if I’m on a boat with my husband, we are 100% in control of how we react to any life or death situation. It’s called seamanship. I think the most important thing to remember is to recognize your limits and don’t do sailing routes that are beyond your comfort or experience. I knew I wanted to travel and grow as a person in ways I couldn’t do in the comfort of my home. Let’s start to worry less and let’s begin to appreciate more. The beauty of the sea, the energy of the waves, the miracle of seeing dolphins swim next to the boat and much more. Don’t let fear or my own self-limiting beliefs stop me from doing the things I want to do! With the love I feel for you, bello, I could lift up the world. 🐬🐬🐬🐬 What fears do you have about living on a boat and sailing around the world and how did you overcome them? Peaceful ⚓️ No pain, no gain… Daily News, check out!
Hallo aus dem Epizentrum der Wassersportwelt! Endlich. Mein erster Weg führt mich direkt zu Nautor's Swan. Es ist schon ein tolles Gefühl die Halle zu betreten und alle großen Segelträume nebeneinander stehen zu sehen. Es ist magisch. Da ist sie. Die neue Swan 48, gewaltig.....Wir schauen in jede Ecke und sind begeistert. Der Tag auf der Messe wird anstrengend. Neue Ausrüstung für unsere Ambra finden, Hersteller treffen, neue Boote ansehen, Segler treffen.... und träumen – pure Leidenschaft auf der Boot 2020 in Düsseldorf. Fender-Design unser Partner für Fender-Socken Wer die Wahl hat, hat die Qual Discovering the Swan 48 at boot Düsseldorf 2020. She’s the older sister of our Ambra..... (Swan 48 number 8) Boot Düsseldorf is the world’s largest and most international indoor fair for boats. Boasting more than 1,900 exhibitors from more than 65 countries, the 2020 edition of boot Düsseldorf is the ideal event for sailing enthusiasts. Catching up with as many lovely friends as possible! Swan 48 ..... mein erster Blick in die pantry Neue Segel von Elvstrom Sails Check our new YouTube Video Hope to meet you soon! Biggi & Torsten
This time of year is always a soft nostalgic one, where the things slow down just a bit. Enough to give me some time to process the wild ride the past 365 days have been, the lessons learned, things lost and won, the joys and sorrows of another year and all the hopes for the new one. Thank you, Worldcruisingstories, for 6 years of passion. In 2019 we had an exciting cruising year through Greece and Turkey and discovered so much. Thank you for following and supporting our journey - I am still developing ideas and I appreciate you cheering me on or advising me from the sidelines. I am beyond excited what 2020 will hold: it will be a good year anyhow. I wish you all an adventurous New Year. My Year of Learning will start with the Launch of Ambra (our new Swan 48) in March in Villefranche-sur-Mer! this is the recipe of life said my mother as she held me in her arms as i wept think of those flowers you plant in the garden each year they will teach you that people too must wilt fall root rise in order to bloom We are actually skiing in Austria ?? with friends and family...... Happy New Year 2020 to all friends around the world ? ♥️ Biggi #yearoflearning #endings #seeyouin2020 #newbeginnings
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Only 2 km or so south of Paxos is the island of Antipaxos; an even smaller, almost uninhabited with small vineyards. There are two beaches in the north end, Vrika and Voutoumi. Here you have some of the finest clear blue seas in the world safe for swimming and snorkeling. South of these two beaches, there are many smaller, more private coves that can be reached without too much difficulty. Your visit to Paxos would really not be complete without a trip to Antipaxos, it is a unique experience that makes you feel heaven on earth! The islands have become very fashionable with Italians and are popular with charter fleets. Consequently they are very crowded during the months of July and August. Outside these times, they and their numerous attractive anchorages are a delight to visit. 2 German Hallberg Rassy 43 (SY Flora on the left, Victoria on the right!) An die Flora Crew: Lustig wars mit Euch, freuen uns jetzt schon auf unser nächstes Treffen! Paxos: Visiting yachts have the option of berthing in the main harbour of Port Gaios or in the anchorages of Lakka, Mongonisi and Longos on the same island. Stunning Lakka (We paid nothing for the excellent anchorage, very calm and protected) Back to life on land! There’s so much to learn from each individual person we cross paths with. To be able to move wherever my heart desires with our boat is awesome. I’m grateful for that. Greece has more than 6000 islands, some 200 of which are inhabited, others little more than rocks. But which is the right one for us? We need more time! Kisses Biggi Earlier this week we met the inspiring crew of Midnight Blue S/Y, who have been following us for quite a long time and sailing over [...]
If I had to choose one definitive best time of year, I would say that the prime time to see Paxos & Antipaxos is May. You’ve got perfect weather during spring and you are able to enjoy some peace and quiet before the crowds show up. The Ionian islands are often warm enough for swimming. The Ionian Sea is renowned for its perfect sailing conditions with plenty of wind to have a really fun sailing holiday in the sunshine. Typically winds build about lunchtime and drop again at sunset. This means that you can spend the morning sailing gently to a lunch time stop to a secluded bay or pretty village and go for a swim or snorkel, have lunch on board and then have a great sail to your evening destination. The winds are fairly consistent and usually result in a very calm evening with still waters. Imagine how Robinson Crusoe felt when he woke up to his first full day marooned on a desert island. Good morning from Antipaxos! Here’s a list of the places we stopped while sailing around the Greek Ionian Islands 1. Paleokastritsa Marina, Corfu – anchored (free) 2. Gouvia Marina (around €60/night for 43′ yacht incl. water and electricity) 3. Corfu Town, Corfu – anchored (free) 4. Petriti, Corfu – anchored (free) 5. Lakka, Paxos – anchored (free) 6. Port Gaios, Paxos – 26 Euro 7. Antipaxos- anchored (free)
Sometimes, when things are going really well, I feel like I've already seen things - it's the flashback feeling in a good way. Like I'm watching a rerun, because I've studied this defense and know what comes next. Now, that is a good feeling, when your mind is working fast because you've studied, and you realize, 'I've seen this before.' Follow us on Flipagram! https://flipagram.com/birgitt.krumm