Connie McBride, author of Simply Sailing and Eurisko Sails West: A Year in Panama writes about sailing dreams coming true:
Dreams are funny things. You create them, you covet them, you venture to share them. My mother-in-law’s response to our dream of selling the house, quitting our jobs and sailing away with our three small sons was, “It’s good to have dreams, Dear.” Yes it is. It’s even better to make them come true.
When I asked our oldest son what he thought of his childhood spent sailing around the Caribbean, his words let me know that we had made the right choice in following our dreams all those years ago. “People are always telling kids that they can do anything they want, but they don’t really mean it. They mean that you can do anything that fits in their little box. But you guys taught me that there is no ‘supposed to’ and that you really can do anything. So now, when I think about what I want to do with my life, nothing is out of my reach. I really can do anything.”
The best thing about dreams is that we control them. If you can dream it, it can happen.
Eurisko Sails West: A Year in Panama
Two new Cuban chart kits have been released by surveyor specialists from NV charts. The first is Cuba Northeast which covers from Cabo Maisi to Varadaro, and the second is Cuba Northwest which covers from Varadero-Habanna to Cabo San Antonio. The package has a companion CD containing the charts in digital format. These are the first up-to-date and publicly available charts to Cuba in many years. Nigel Calder’s Cuba: A Cruising Guide is an excellent guide to accompany the charts for this area.
Northeast Cuba Chart Kit
Cuba: a Cruising Guide by Nigel Calder
Northwest Cuba Chart Kit
We forsee this area becoming a very popular destination for cruisers. Several new international marinas have been built in Varadero and there are now 1,500 new berths. Varadero and Marina Hemingway in Havana are the main ports for cruisers clearing in and out of Cuba. Many boaters have found cubacruising.net to be an excellent resource in their travels around Cuba.
Ann Vanderhoof, author of An Embarassment of Mangoes and The Spice Necklace, writes:
Hello from s/v Receta
Steve and I are currently anchored in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou. Two-and-a-half months into the dry season, the island (which depends entirely on rainwater) is still green, and cisterns are overflowing – a welcome relief for residents after last year’s punishing drought. For visitors, the frequent showers and squalls are…challenging. But the just-picked tomatoes (amazingly sweet), juicy grapefruit, and crisp okra from backyard gardens – not to mention the rainbows – are our rewards.