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⛵ Ready to take the trip of a lifetime? I write a twice monthly, free newsletter with planning ideas for your next yacht charter trip: insider destination guides, sailing itineraries, and the latest news.

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⛵ Summer reads: nautical adventures & high-seas thrills

Hi Reader, Summer is well underway, with kids wrapping up school for the season, and with that, summer vacations begin. To help build your summer reading list for those relaxing moments on the beach, I’d like to share some books I highly recommend that I’ve read in the past year—sailing and adventure related, of course! But first, a couple of weather notes: NOAA’s Aggressive Atlantic Hurricane Outlook: NOAA has released its most aggressive hurricane outlook on record. If you are planning...

16 days ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, I recently returned from a week-long BVI bareboat charter aboard a brand new, Lagoon 51, christened the Golden Hind. Having previously chartered the underwhelming Lagoon 50 and Lagoon 52, I was eager to see what treasures this new model had in store.The verdict? I was thoroughly impressed. For larger crews needing 5+ cabins, the Lagoon 51 should definitely be on your radar. If you're curious about why I prefer catamarans for our bareboat charter adventures, give my catamaran vs...

about 1 month ago • 5 min read

Hi Reader, We just returned from a lively Spring couples trip to the BVI, the busiest we’ve seen it during this season! Expect more tales and tips from our adventure in upcoming newsletters. For now, enjoy some teaser snapshots at the bottom of this email. It was a full house in White Bay! This trip wasn't without its excitement, particularly concerning a recent hot topic: mooring balls. We have had a slew of recent incidents, most of them skipper error, including the boat that grounded on...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, Before we hoist sails on today's journey, let's navigate through a couple of recent news items: Last week the Baths bore witness to a charter grounding on the rocks amidst Red Flag conditions. This incident mirrors the lee shore grounding of the Hillbilly a few weeks ago. Takeaways: monitor weather resources vigilantly, respect Red Flag warnings, and steer clear of anchorages that test fate (lee shores). There have been recent reports of multiple stolen dinghies at JVD, BVI. Raise...

2 months ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, Reports are in: the BVI is buzzing with activity, reaching its peak around the Easter weekend. As the Yacht Warriors crew gears up for our BVI next adventure next month aboard a Lagoon 51, I’m hopeful the crowds will thin a bit. Meanwhile, I kicked off the provisioning for our journey, stowing away those essential hot sauces that no sailing trip can do without. Matouk's and Marie Sharp's are my two favorite hot sauces Safety update: recent groundings in BVI A quick note on safety,...

3 months ago • 5 min read

Hi Reader, We just returned from an amazing land-based trip to St. Thomas for Spring Break. We stayed on the north shore, close to Magens Bay, and enjoyed wonderful vistas stretching all the way to the palm tree-lined shore of White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. Though our sea legs took a brief hiatus, our spirit for exploration remained as we ventured into locales beloved by bareboat charter crews. Here are the pearls of wisdom we unearthed during our visit that might help you on your next USVI or BVI...

3 months ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, You may have heard the news already, but last week an incident occurred in Grenada that has sent ripples through the yachting and cruising community. In light of this, I want to offer our support to their family and guidance on charter safety. What happened? A catamaran located in Grenada, with two beloved members of the cruising community, was boarded by three recent prison escapees. The cat was later discovered by a good Samaritan abandoned off a beach on the southern coast of...

4 months ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, This image popped up on my social media feed this week and I laughed - that is certainly one way to provision! Let's talk about the Spanish Virgin Islands this week. Have you ever wondered why the SVIs, nestled so closely to their popular Virgin Islands sisters next door, remain a serene and less-charted paradise? Despite the allure of their beautiful beaches and the convenience of direct flights from the US mainland to Puerto Rico, these islands offer tranquility with a tumultuous...

4 months ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, If you've been following my newsletters for some time, you know that a recurring theme I write about is safety on the water. Just last week, I highlighted critical weather features to keep an eye on. Sometimes I get my timing right, as we just witnessed a hefty swell coupled with the Christmas winds making their presence felt in the Virgin Islands. In recent issues, I've shared the safety brief I deliver to my crew – a resource worth bookmarking. And, I've recounted personal...

5 months ago • 5 min read

Hi Reader, Before we cruise into our main topic, here's a quick, fun update: Yacht Warriors has expanded its horizons beyond the seas – we're now sponsoring a football team! And not just any team...it's a vibrant and enthusiastic 7-year-old flag football team! As a last-minute coach, I had the delightful challenge of finding a sponsor. Who better than Yacht Warriors, right? The Cougars donning the Yacht Warriors on their jerseys Now, let's shift gears. Even though tropical mischief is far...

5 months ago • 4 min read
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