How To Sail a Yacht – Beginner Basics

Learning to sail

Hey Castaways. This is a guest post by Janice Collins, a blogger and writer who also loves to sail on weekends. Cheers! Learning to sail any vessel on the water takes plenty of time and practice, but it offers fantastic rewards and experiences by the end. From small boats to yachts, power boats and dinghies, mastering the basics is key to an enjoyable sailing experience. Building a Strong … [Read more...]

360 Degrees of Sagitta

Island Windjammer Sagitta

Boats are beautiful. The Sagitta is a 120 foot sailing ship that calls the warm waters of the Caribbean its home. She is part of Island Windjammers fleet and each week she takes 24 guests to amazing ports of call in the Leeward Islands. Most of the time Sagitta motors from island to island, her sails raised just to add a few extra knots. When those sails unfurl and climb skyward she looks … [Read more...]

Get To Know The Sailing Vessel Maple Cookie

BVI Sailing Charter

She was simply known as The Cookie. With elegant lines, a spacious salon, state-of-the-art navigation, and four large bedrooms--the Maples Cookie cut through the waters of the British Virgin Islands with style and grace. As for her passengers, well that's another story. Style and grace we are not, more like rum loving pirates on a floating magic carpet. That magic carpet was the Maples Cookie … [Read more...]

Miami Yacht Charter Last Minute Special

Miami boat charter

Hi Castaways! I had the pleasure of meeting Captain Mike of Tropical Escapes Yacht Charters a couple days ago. He and I swapped islands stories and I learned all about Mermaid Tales, his motor yacht and his charter business. Mermaid Tales is a beautiful classic HATTERAS cockpit motor yacht. At 70', with four levels of living and entertainment space, Mermaid Tales is perfect for dinner cruises, … [Read more...]

Love Boating? Then You’re Gonna Love This

i love my boat clothing

There's no greater feeling than being out on the water. The sun on your skin, wind in your hair, tossing anchor in a blue-water bay, and relaxing to the sway of the sea--boating is a passion that gets into your DNA. If you're a reader of this site then there's a good bet that you, like me, love the boating/sailing lifestyle. My closet is stuffed with beach bar shirts and hats I've collected … [Read more...]

Nine Packing Tips for a Caribbean Sailing Vacation

BVI Sailing

Deciding what islands to explore during your sailing vacation is the hard part. Melody Delgado at www.visailing.com has plenty of suggestions to help you decide on the perfect vacation. Once your sail charter is booked, the next decision is what to take with you. Nothing can be easier than packing for a sailing vacation in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, most first time sailing vacationers pack … [Read more...]

Chartering With Virgin Island Sailing

Virgin Islands Sailing

The British Virgin Islands are one of the best sailing destinations in the world. With dozens of islands all within visual range, restaurants and marinas all over the place, and near constant trade winds--the BVI is a great place to charter a yacht. In three weeks I'll be setting sail in a three-boat flotilla in the BVI. This is the first time I've been a part of a yacht charter and the … [Read more...]

The Salty Souls of Sagitta

Island Windjammers Sagitta

While it's the islands that dazzle the senses when traveling to the Caribbean, it's often the people you meet that make the trip something special and truly memorable. I had been fantasizing about St. Maarten, Anguilla, Nevis, St. Kitts, and St. Barths for quite sometime, and while the islands were beyond beautiful, it was the crew and fellow Sagitta passengers that made my solo journey one I'll … [Read more...]

Setting Sail With Sagitta and Island Windjammers

Sagitta Island WindJammers

There's nothing like cruising the Caribbean. I'm not talking about cruising on one of those gargantuan mega-liners that shuttle thousands of people into popular ports-of-call, I'm talking about something more intimate. The experience should be more about the rhythms of sea and the push of wind, it should be more about the relationships with passengers and crew, it should be more about really … [Read more...]

The Islands of Sagitta

Island Windjammers Sagitta

They are known as the "Island Girls," that's what the two ships of Island Windjammers are nicknamed. They cruise the Caribbean blue taking guests to islands many cruise liners can't get to. But it's not just the exotic ports-of-call that makes sailing these Island Girls special, it's the entire package. It's the food, it's the intimacy with fellow passengers and crew, it's swizzle hour, and it's … [Read more...]

A Magical Sunset Cruise Aboard Old Glory

Fort Myers Sunset Cruise

Is it possible to be a tourist in your own town? I've called the Naples/Bonita Springs/Ft. Myers area home now for 12 years now and I still can't get enough. I still hit the beach every chance I can get, I find myself in the fun touristy beach bars and I still find Gulf sunsets truly magical every time.  It doesn't matter, I've seen hundreds of them, but each one captures my attention like it does … [Read more...]