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.Read more
...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.Read more
Looking at all these names on the chart – Oxford, Cambridge, Suffolk, Norfolk, Woodbridge – where am I?Read more
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.Read more
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.
Strolling along pine scented pathways beside the sea on one day and parading with the beautiful people in St Tropez on the next.Read more
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.
Not the simplest city to get to. And braving the French lightning strikes was always going to be a challenge, notwithstanding – forty nine travellers from down under arrived in good spirits in the beautiful town of Hyeres, near Toulon for the start of our rally.Read more
“Did something just hit the dinghy?” Pierre-Olivier asks?
We are sitting in the saloon, drinking red wine and picking at leftover prawns from the beach BBQ earlier today. The sudden thump has the whole crew searching in the dark for the cause, but aside from the masthead lights of the other rally boats bobbing in the distance, we can’t see a thing.
As a single traveller, one of the road blocks I often come up against is finding a bunch of ocean loving friends to join me. Organising 6 people for a catch up dinner in Sydney is hard enough, let alone getting them to meet me in Athens for 2 weeks of sailing. But, that doesnt mean I have to go it alone. If you are a single traveller like me, it's important to know you have options for chartering a yacht overseas.Read more
We interviewed professional photographer Tim Wheeler, on his experiences on a shareboat in Croatia, taking great photographs from a yacht and sailing Croatia in general. Here are his thoughts on all things Croatia...Read more
Maggie Joyce, co-founder of Mariner Boating Holidays, professional traveller, writer and entrepreneur gives you 5 great reasons to sail in Croatia and invaluable hints and tips to help you on your way.Read more
Travels may have landed you in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, perhaps you have seen the fire dancers in Tahiti or hiked steep mountains in Croatia with the smell of wild tea under your boots. Everyone loves to picture the places you talk about in your stories. It feels good. So…Now what?Read more
Island hopping in Greece is a dream for many. Yet the reality of it isn’t such a dream, especially if you do the traditional way, by ferry; Waiting at ferry terminals in scorching heat, fighting through pushy crowds and being herded like cattle with your luggage to get on and off ferries, long stints on uncomfortable boats…doesn’t sound so dreamy does it!!?Read more
A catamaran is like a beach house on the sea; but you don’t have to drive to it, park the car, drag all the stuff down to the beach, and survive the blowing sand and maddening crowds!Read more