Tag: Sailing

Cruising with Wind Surf: Yachtsman’s Caribbean

Private yachts flock to the smaller British Virgin Islands and St. Barth’s. There’s a reason for this: they are home to some of the most beautiful beaches and water in the Caribbean. Floating in crystalline water and watching the clouds pass overhead is deeply relaxing. I’ve just returned from St. Martin and a week-long cruise on Windstar’s Wind Surf on their Yachtsman’s Caribbean itinerary. It was perfect.

Star Clipper raises sail Black and white image

Crossing the Atlantic on a Tall Ship

And so it begins . . . I am on Star Flyer as she heads out into the Atlantic making for Barbados and winter in the Caribbean. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a tall ship is the stuff of dreams. Rope and cable thrumming in the breeze, the crack of a sail filling with wind: these are sounds old in human time — these sounds lie deep within our collective consciousness.

Royal Clipper

For the Love of Tall Ships

The first glimpse of her, across the harbor in Civitavecchia, made my heart jump — how I love this ship. And then our driver blew right past Royal Clipper . . . he was looking for, you know, A SHIP — one of the current behemoths carrying 3,000 […]

Royal Clipper near Soufriere, St. Lucia

Onboard the Royal Clipper

I sailed for two weeks on the Royal Clipper to the Windward and the Grenadine Islands. I boarded the ship in Barbados, only scheduled for a single week. Then I fell in love with the Royal Clipper. Four days into the trip, I placed a call to my travel […]

The Lightness of Being

To fly over the ocean on a winged ship . . . It is an old feeling. A deep feeling. In it we are connected, even to the ancient Phoenicians daring to explore the Mediterranean. We feel that first voyage into the unknown — the sea surrounding us. […]

Spinning Carnival Ride

When Cancer Returns

The doctor’s eyes shifted slightly when he looked at me during the meeting following my scan. I knew. And I knew immediately. In the scan following my initial surgery, there were tiny, tiny spots in my lungs, as well as one in the T-11 vertebra. Too tiny to biopsy. So […]