Poseidon ChartersEurope’s largest and most beautiful charter destination, Greece, has fared well throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The infections rates in March were low at only 2500 cases and grew to just 4900 in July with few deaths. Considering the high infection rates in neighboring Italy, France and Spain, the Greeks were thanking their diet of feta cheese and olive oil for the relatively low rates!

Moorings In BrazilWith an increasing amount of interest in South America as a charter destination, The Moorings has responded with a new base in Paraty, Brazil. Surrounded by towering jungles plummeting into the waters of Baia Carioca, this charter cruising region features bays peppered with islands and world-famous beaches.

ChicagoFrom my perspective on the observation deck of 360 Chicago in the John Hancock Building, I have an eagle’s-eye view of this Lake Michigan metropolis.

Moorings in BVSFollowing the harsh impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The British Virgin Islands is making an impressive comeback this winter. 

The Whole CrewA snow squall blows down Buckham’s bay on the Ottawa river. What a contrast, a year ago our group of Ontario sailors where anchoring in an emerald lagoon just in time for a tropical rain squall -in the splendor of the Society islands of French Polynesia.

Moorings Recovering 1The British Virgins took a huge hit last fall from Irma. Boats were stranded on the shore by the dozens and roofs blown off with abandon.

Mooring in the BahamasWhen it’s cool here at home we love to charter down south. The problem often is that getting to the charter base often requires multiple connections and more time than you might hope.

Diane Reid UK CircumnavigationAt this year’s Toronto Boat Show then again on March 8 at Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club Toronto sailor/adventurer Diane Reid will present her experience circumnavigating the UK as the skipper of A Plastic Voyage.

Riva At Lake ComoEyes turn and conversations on shore pause as one boat in particular approaches the Grand Hotel Serbelloni’s jetty that extends out into the sparkling blue waters of Lake Como off Bellagio, northern Italy. 

Sail OnAfter a good night’s sleep, no doubt helped by the gentle rocking of the boat on anchor and the evening cocktails, the Gabrovecs were ready to continue their vacation.

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