Adventures of Berkeley East

30 September 2017 | Ischia, Italy
21 September 2017 | Procida, Italy
20 September 2017 | Naples, Italy
16 September 2017 | Capri, Italy
14 September 2017 | Galli Islands, Italy
12 September 2017 | Amafi Coast, Italy
10 September 2017 | Salerno, Italy
07 September 2017 | Palinuro, Italy
05 September 2017 | Cetraro, Italy
04 September 2017 | Calabria, Italy
29 August 2017 | Ustica, Italy
27 August 2017 | Palermo, Sicily
24 August 2017 | Cefalu, Sicily
17 August 2017 | Aeolian Islands, Italy
11 July 2017 | Capo d'Orlando, Sicily
04 July 2017 | Southern Italy & Sicily
19 June 2017 | Montenegro
01 June 2017 | Croatia
01 June 2017 | Italy
26 May 2017 | Parma, Italy

The Surprise Island

22 February 2009 | Union Island, Grenadines West Indies
Going to Union Island was not high on our list of "must dos," but it was on the way south so we put it on the itinerary. Some ten years ago, we made a one-hour stop in Union while chartering and we were not impressed. Add that to the fact that the island name is not the least bit enticing and there is nothing of major interest there, and our expectations were low. But when we anchored in Chatham Bay, our opinions began to change. Our view was of an island with a long white sand beach and a dramatically mountainous outline. It was very striking.

We knew other boats in the harbor and joined them for a lobster dinner on shore at Shark Attack. While the atmosphere could be described as minimalist (a picnic table in the sand surrounded by trees) the food was excellent. To most people, lobster is an expensive, lavish meal served in an elegant restaurant. In the islands it is a barbecue.

In addition to the beautiful beach, Chatham Bay is also known for the shrieking winds that funnel through the mountains into the bay. We were there during some particularly high winds (gusts clocking at 40 knots) and the boat sailed and thrashed on its anchor. Under the extreme pressure, we saw rope turn to liquid as our anchor snubber line exploded, leaving a trail of black goo across the deck and down the side of the hull.

As islands go, Union is a fairly large one, but we put on our hiking shoes, walked around most of it and found some of the most breathtaking views we have ever seen. We were pleasantly surprised to see such a lovely island.

We ended our tour of Union Island in Clifton, a yachting center in the Grenadines surrounded by reefs. We visited the charming little town and made a sundowner stop at "Happy Island," an island built entirely out of conch shells. By the time we returned to our boat, there were so many boats squeezed into the anchorage that the boat in front of us had to pull forward so we could leave.
Vessel Name: Berkeley East
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 54
Hailing Port: San Diego, CA
Crew: Larry & Mary Ivins
About: We quit our jobs in July of 2007 and began our adventure, sailing the US east coast in the summers and then spending our winters in the Caribbean. In 2010 we sailed across the Atlantic and will be cruising the Med for the next few years.
FAQ Q: Did you go to UC Berkeley?

A: No. The name Berkeley East came from a ferry boat, "the Berkeley", that we met on over 30 years ago in San Diego. The East came as a result of seeing the boat being built in Taiwan. There was 30-foot Chinese symbol on the wall behind her during [...]
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Tuscany trip summer 2011
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Wardrick Wells - Exuma Land and Sea Park May 2009
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Chistmas 2007 in St Maarten with other crusiers and Mike and Linda (frends & meighbors from CA)
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In early July 2006 we made a quick from Sydney, Australia to Kaohsiung, Taiwan to check on the construction of our Hylas 54. She was a little behind schedule, but the build quality was excellent.
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After 28 days aboard Sigrun Bolten from Taiwan, Berkeley East arrived in Port Everglades Florida. Mary and I helped unload her and motored up the river to be hauled and rigged. We where joined by our friends and next door neighbors (from CA), who were in Florida cruising from California to the Caribbean.
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Profile & FAQs

Who: Larry & Mary Ivins
Port: San Diego, CA

Our travels


April 2017- Return to Fano, Italy

May 2017 - Touring Italy and waiting for boat parts

June 2017 - Croatia and Montenegro

July - September 2016 - Tyrehenian Sea, Sicily & Sardinia

October 2017 - Somewhere in Italy then fly home to Charlotte

Vbr/> Berkeley East's Winter port 2016/2017 - Unknown