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Tahiti Yacht Rally 2017 Reviews

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 27 Oct 2017

Sitting at Fa'a'ā International Airport on our way home from the Tahiti Yacht Rally, we got into a discussion about the trip (as you do) with two of the participants from the rally group; Peter and Jenny. Having missed my calling as a journalist I decided to make the most of this great chat and asked Peter and Jenny if I could interview them. We had a few hours to spare anyway, so why not! 

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Greek Dodecanese Islands Symi

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 23 Oct 2017
view of Symi harbour fromt he top of symi town

East of Nisyros, nestled within the towering Turkish Hisaronou Peninsular, is the little Greek island of Symi. Frequently topping bloggers lists and travel sites, tiny Symi’s reputation spans the globe.

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Greek Dodecanese Islands Nisyros

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 23 Oct 2017
nisyros island stefanos crater greece

The first time I sailed to Nisyros I hired a moped. I had heard about an active volcano that you could drive right into the crater of – exciting with an unmistakable sense of danger. Trevor Joyce recounts his years sailing through the Dodecanese Islands in Greece.

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Greek Dodecanese Islands Vathi

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 20 Oct 2017
yacht anchored in vathi

Vathi, an almost completely hidden inlet of the sea. Sailing past you would certainly miss this gem on Kalymnos Island if you didn’t look carefully. I however, am on the other side, looking out of the inlet, towards the coast of Turkey. It’s night time and behind me are a group of Australians devouring the amazing dinner that Sylvia has slaved over all day. Trevor Joyce reminisces about his time on Kalymnos Island in Greece.

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Tahiti Yacht Rally 2017 Part 3

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 20 Oct 2017
catamaran anchored in Raiataea

Five days into the rally and the crews have melded together which is wonderful to see. Happy hours and drinks on the boats, day excursions, crew dinners and of course the races have provided the perfect setting for making new friends.

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Tahiti Yacht Rally 2017 Part 2

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 17 Oct 2017
person looking at sunset over the water in tahiti

When you think about a sailing holiday, racing is certainly not something that comes to mind. It would certainly be secondary to the more gentile delights of our Tahiti Yacht Rally – the culture, sights, cuisine, underwater exploration, to name just a few. But when you have more than one boat sailing in the same direction, the race is on and the conditions here in Tahiti for our 14th Tahiti Yacht Rally have set us up for some awesome races. NB. Yachtie jargon ahead!

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Greece travel stories by Maggie Joyce

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 10 Oct 2017
greece parthenon athens

Greece held me in its spell form the first moment I drove from the old Athens airport, which was on the sea at Glyfada on the western outskirts of the city. It was evening in early November. We drove through the city and there was the lit Parthenon on the Acropolis. It was magic.

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Greek Dodecanese Islands

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 10 Oct 2017
samos greece dodecanese islands

Trevor Joyce recounts his first sailing trip to the Greek Dodecanese Islands of the Aegean in the late 1970’s.

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Tahiti Yacht Rally 2017

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 07 Oct 2017
catamaran at anchor in avea bay huahine

Early start this morning. Waking to the sound of the rooster crowing on shore and the water lapping against the sides of the catamaran. Anchored just inside the pass to Huahine, (commonly referred to by locals as the woman’s island), simply enjoying the calm quiet of this morning in the Leeward Islands of Tahiti.

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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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