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Why two hulls are better than one in the Caribbean.

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 11 Aug 2017
Catamarans sailing on the Caribbean Yacht Rally

When chartering a yacht in tropical destinations such as the Caribbean, our go-to choice is a catamaran. But for most sailors, this is a polarizing suggestion; it’s generally met with a look of disgust or a knowing grin.

People love what they know, and monohulls are the overwhelming favourites when it comes to chartering...

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Look out Croatia - Here Comes Montenegro!

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 07 Aug 2017
Forte Rose Montenegro from the sea

After a passage south along the coast from Cavtat we pass a fortress on the last spit of Croatian territory and enter Montenegro, a country of only 600,000 people and a GDP smaller than BHP! Towering above the town are the 2,000 metre black mountain ranges for which the country is named – Montenegro.

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Day 6 and We Can Still See Dubrovnik!

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 27 Jul 2017
cavtat town croatia photo taken from the sea

We sail on a gentle north westerly breeze down to Cavtat, the southernmost port in Croatia. We drop the anchor, get ourselves settled and relax over a cool G&T. Steve looks across and asks “what’s that town over there? Dubrovnik, replies Maggie, “Dubrovnik, day 6 and we can still see Dubrovnik”?

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Dubrovnik to Sipan via the Stonski Kanal

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 20 Jul 2017
the ‘European Great Wall of China’ in ston croatia

A review from intrepid Mariner Traveller Jeff Gordon, who is sailing the Elafiti islands with Mariner Boating’s Trevor and Maggie Joyce.

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Sailing the Elafiti Islands in the Stonski Kanal, Croatia

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 20 Jul 2017
Blue sea, yachts and ountains in the distance

The Elafiti islands are a small archipelago of islands northwest of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Trevor Joyce, owner of Mariner Boating Holidays, is there now and here he shares his reflections.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Leeward Islands

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 19 Jul 2017
Birds at the sanctuary Barbuda Caribbean

The Leeward islands of the Caribbean form part of the Lesser Antilles group of islands in the West Indies, and include Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Martin, St Eustatius and St Barts. There’s a lot more to these islands than their gorgeous beaches and perfect sailing climate...

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St Martin: the Friendly Island

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 19 Jul 2017
Sailing catamarans on the Caribbean Yacht Rally

In many ways, the island of St Martin is typical of most Caribbean islands: postcard-worthy beaches, sparkling blue waters, colourful flora, friendly locals and an underwater paradise that is the delight of divers and snorkelers. However, St Martin has a unique history and visitors will soon discover two very distinct cultures on the island.

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Mass Party Tourism Hits Sailing Croatia

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 13 Jul 2017
people partying in a night club

The ACI marina in Palmizana used to be a quiet, pine scented haven where a yacht was safe while folks explored the port of Hvar, just over a mile away by water taxi.  The beach in the next bay was quiet and clean and the Meneghello Restaurant, with Dagma and Romina, was a favorite with everyone....Then came the cabin charter party tour sailing operators.

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Croatia: Reflections at Halfway

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 10 Jul 2017
guitarists playing in Korcula Croatia

When the yachts in this year’s Croatian Yacht Rally left port, the group included three women who weren’t particularly passionate about sailing. In fact, were it not for the enthusiasm of their respective partners, they may have chosen a different kind of holiday.

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Caribbean Leeward Islands: the only way to go

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 29 Jun 2017
catamaran motoring out of Deep bay Antigua

When it comes to the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, there’s a right time to sail, a right direction to travel in, and a right vessel to take – and the 2018 Caribbean Yacht Rally in February/March ticks all the boxes. Here, Mariner Boating’s Trevor Joyce tells why.

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Croatia Yacht Rally: a day in the life of a rally skipper

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 28 Jun 2017
skipper Robbie on board a yacht in Croatia

I’ve been running yacht rallies for 20 years, and regardless of what I know about the destinations we visit, I would never attempt to run a rally without having one of these guys or girls with us.

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Mallorca Yacht Rally: Cabrera National Park

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 19 Jun 2017
Cabrera National Park Lighthouse on cliff

After two weeks in the villages, towns and calas of Mallorca we divert from the Island and race 15 nautical miles south from Porto Petro to the small Cabrera Archipelago.

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Mallorca Yacht Rally: What is a Cala?

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 16 Jun 2017
Cala de sa Colabra Yacht at anchor

The Spanish term ‘cala’ means cove in English, but the literal translation gives no hint of what to expect when entering a cala from the sea. They are more like Scandinavian Fjords.

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Culinary Memories

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 15 Jun 2017

When you join a Mariner yacht rally you’ll soon realise that the group dining experience is about a lot more than just the food. From cricket in Croatia to Bon Jovi in the Caribbean, Trevor Joyce remembers some of the unusual culinary experiences he’s shared with past rally participants.

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Mallorca Yacht Rally: Pollenca

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 13 Jun 2017
Pollenca Mallorca yachts racing

​For the race to Pollença, the conditions are near perfect; the weather forecast shows 10 to 15 knots, flat seas and clear skies. And so, at the base of the dramatic 600m coastal cliffs our fleet manouvres into line.

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