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Cruising World The Charter Issue 2021

Cruising World is your passport for exploring the world’s coastlines and oceans while voyaging under sail. Its contributors inspire and entertain through stories, pictures and videos that underscore the beauty and adventure of sailing, while providing instruction on the disciplines of seamanship, navigation and boat handling. The Cruising World community is made up of experienced, committed sailors and boat owners. No matter their long-range sailing plans, Cruising World’s mission is to nurture their dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure features.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
8 Issues

in this issue

4 min
editor’s log

TIME TO Go Among the numerous things that could pull at a sailor’s heart-strings in Newport, Rhode Island, there used to be a shop on lower Thames Street named the Armchair Sailor Bookstore. Once very much a going and healthy concern, it became an early brick-and-mortar casualty to progress in the Digital Age. And it’s a place that’s earned a spot on my ever-growing list of regrets, for not having spent more time there when I had the chance, before it closed its doors after 32 years in business. As Joni Mitchell said: “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” If you never had a chance to visit, the Armchair Sailor was a place to go to read up on how to navigate the world’s oceans, but, ironically, once in…

4 min
pandemic pining

I’m dreaming of cerulean seas and tropical breeze. Of wisp-of-sand islands, rhythmic music and cold, rummy drinks. Although physically imprisoned by the limitations of the pandemic year, my mind has wandered through charters past, plotting adventures for the day the world breaks free. My reverie starts on a long, soothing flight to St. George’s, Grenada. What better place to provision and launch than Spice Island? Load a beefy catamaran with Grenadian bounty and a half-dozen friends, and go! Perhaps we’d stop at Molinière, 3 nautical miles up the west coast, and plunge into the Caribbean at last. Snorkel among the eerie figures in the underwater sculpture garden and hang on a mooring overnight. Or continue the voyage up the leeward coast and test my sea legs. The 18-nautical-mile-long island is rugged and…

1 min
passage notes

Hurricane Advice Don Street, pictured here at 89, racing his 87-year-old Dragon, Gypsy, during the Dragon Class 90th anniversary regatta, has spent years insuring yachts throughout the Caribbean. Street, who began sailing in those islands in 1956, has compiled a lengthy collection of hurricane advice for sailors in the tropics during cyclone season. You’ll find it at his website, street-iolaire.com. Women’s Sailing Conference On September 11, the Jackson Park Yacht Club in Chicago is hosting the 2021 National Women’s Sailing Conference. This year’s theme is Sharing Sailing, which celebrates women who teach, coach and find ways to invite women aboard. The conference will be offered both in-person and online. Select workshops will be streamed so that both live and virtual attendees can interact. For those in person, there will be both classroom and…

1 min
sail pass by dream yachts

Looking for a little freedom and flexibility in your sailing vacation planning? The new Sail Pass from Dream Yacht Charter allows customers to sail up to three times a year—once in high season, twice in low season—for one annual price. Or if you want to get out on the water even more, there’s the Sail Pass Maxi, which offers six opportunities to charter over 12 months—three times in high season and three times in low season. “Our Sail Pass means travelers do not need to rush their plans to get a great deal,” said Loïc Bonnet, president of Dream Yacht Charter. “It’s valid for 12 months—customers can decide when they wish the pass to start, but it must be within three months of the purchase date. This gives customers some breathing…

1 min
visit vacation basin

If you’re heading to the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, this fall, be sure to take a stroll through Vacation Basin. Whether you are ready to plan a sailboat charter somewhere exotic or you’re just dreaming, Vacation Basin is the place where you’ll find charter companies and tourism boards, and learn about yacht ownership opportunities. Many charter companies will be offering boat-show special pricing, and there will be fun vacation-related prizes too. The US Sailboat Show runs October 14-18. For an updated listing of who will be exhibiting at Vacation Basin, visit annapolisboatshows.com/vacation-basin. DREAM YACHT CHARTER (TOP); COURTESY DON STREET (FAR LEFT) JENNIFER BRETT (BOTTOM); ROBERT BERINGER (OPPOSITE)…

4 min
jewel of the sea

If you ever go to Belize, the first thing you’ll need to know is that there aren’t a lot of people there. Though small in size, vast stretches of sea and jungle spread out before you, and it can be a long time till you see another human. Which is a shame, really, because these folks are some of the warmest you’ll meet anywhere, living in a place they refer to as “the Jewel.” On a recent visit, I learned that the paucity of developed areas is no accident: Fully two-fifths of this Massachusetts-size country is set aside as national parks, forest reserves, Mayan sites, and conservation areas. And because of this, wildlife proliferates, with myriad mammals, lizards, fish, and more species of tropical birds than you can count. It is…