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Sailing in Cuba - Cayo Largo and onwards

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 06 Apr 2017
Iguana sitting on a white rock on an island in Cub

We are two cats together in the bay and the turquoise water stretches as far as the eye can see with the exception of the low reef and low tree clad island.....one day drifts into the next in a sundrenched rhythm with the sound of the sea and wind in our ears and the smell of salt water on our browning skins. We feast on the bounty these waters bring to our table.

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So what is it like to sail in Cuba?

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 06 Apr 2017
a white sand beach in the Caribbean

As we are about to light the BBQ, the wind which avoided us all day, springs up and is soon blowing over 25 knots. Re-anchored, we spend a rough night on anchor with incessant high wind. This is the pattern over the next few days with wind at night and calm during the day. 

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Cuba first impressions

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 06 Apr 2017
Cuban musicians in Trinidad Cuba

Noisy, chaotic, untidy, but somehow it functions. At 10.30 pm as we are walking back to our Casa, a door opens and a chef appears loading perfect pies into a glass cabinet on the street outside his door. Guava or coconut - still warm from the oven.  

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Forgotten Greece is Unforgettable

Lauren's avatar By Lauren | 15 Mar 2017
View of Corfu Old Town from the water

The Ionian islands may be located on what some have described as the ‘forgotten’ side of Greece – but a visit to these lush, mountainous islands will be anything but forgettable.

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Top 5 Experiences in the Ionian Islands

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 15 Mar 2017

Peppered along Greece’s west coast, the Ionian Islands are known for their lush, green landscapes, temperate climate, and rich cultural history. There’s plenty to see and do as you island-hop along the Ionian Sea. Here are five suggestions for your Ionian ‘to do’ list.
 

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Montenegro’s colourful history

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 09 Mar 2017
Mountains surrounding Kotor in Montenegro

Present-day Montenegro is a rich, colourful tapestry of culture and history, wrapped in a quiet, serene package that belies its turbulent past. While there are many tales of battles fought, rulers brought down and territories lost and gained, we’ve found a few of the more surprising stories from Montenegro’s past. Here are four historical facts we’re sure you didn’t know about Montenegro:
 

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Montenegro’s Spectacular Top Five

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 20 Feb 2017
View of the town of Perast, Montenegro

Montenegro is one of those special places that is so stunning, you find yourself torn between wanting to shout to the world how magnificent it is, and wanting to keep it as your own special secret for eternity.
 

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“La Coutume” in New Caledonia

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 20 Feb 2017

The culture you’ll find in New Caledonia is a unique blend. It’s a mix of the old and the new, modern European and tribal island custom, simple pleasures and luxurious lifestyles. Yet the practice of “la coutume” remains at the heart of indigenous culture here, and serves as a reminder that some things haven’t changed around these parts in thousands of years.

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Two Cuban Recipes; One History Lesson

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 11 Nov 2016
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Considered a national dish in Cuba, Ropa Veija, has Shepardic Jewish origins. While the history of the classic Mojito is still up for debate, some think this crisp, vibrant cocktail was made by African slaves working the Cuban sugar cane fields during the 19th Century.

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Rally; to come together in support

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 25 Oct 2016

...long after the holiday is over, you will look back on these moments to revitalise your mind and re-focus on what is important. Your journey will become part of the layers of experience that you draw upon when you feel challenged. The adventure will be part of your personality.

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Stories from the Guide - Chesapeake Bay Yacht Rally - Where am I?

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 24 Aug 2016

​Looking at all these names on the chart – Oxford, Cambridge, Suffolk, Norfolk, Woodbridge – where am I?

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Stories from the Guide - Sweden Yacht Rally part 2

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 08 Aug 2016

Sweden, the land of many bas. There are so many here, you couldn't possibly visit them all if you stayed for a lifetime. But the locals, yachties and power boat owners, obviously have their favourite,go-to places.

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Stories from the Guide - Sweden Yacht Rally and Siaröfortet

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 03 Aug 2016

When you think of Sweden, swimming is generally not the first thing that comes to mind. But from the moment we arrived in the gracious city of Stockholm where water is always close by, to anchoring amongst nature at the tiny summer island of Siaröfortet, the 2016 Sweden Yacht Rally crews could no longer resist testing the waters. 
 

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Stories from the Guide - Contrasts of the French Riviera

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 27 Jun 2016

Strolling along pine scented pathways beside the sea on one day and parading with the beautiful people in St Tropez on the next. 

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Stories from the Guide - Porquerolles - The French Riviera

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 23 Jun 2016

The beautiful Porquerolles National Park and the tiny Port Cros enjoyed the best weather we have experienced in any of the three rallies we have organised on the French Riviera.
So close to busy hubs on the mainland, this natural paradise surprises with quiet charm, delightful sand beaches, elegant dining in friendly restaurants, excellent local wines and of course fresh baked French breads.

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