Sailing Joy

19 January 2018 | Joy at Beach Marine
03 January 2018 | Watching weather in Charleston
01 January 2018 | Charleston Harbor and the USS Yorktown
30 December 2017 | Joyous on Joy !
21 May 2017 | Home at Saltayre
21 May 2017 | Cape Lookout for last night anchorage
30 April 2017 | Chucherias Dining Room
29 April 2017 | Jeep Week in Daytona - they are Everywhere !
22 April 2017 | The Marathon St. Louis Contingent
13 April 2017 | Moon over Marathon Mooring Field
16 March 2017 | Key West Bight
15 March 2017 | One of our favorite rides !
14 March 2017 | Diana and Jolie
14 March 2017 | Marti Square in Ceinfuegos
11 March 2017 | Plaza Jose Marti at City Center
11 March 2017 | Granma at Museum of the Revolution
11 March 2017 | The Prado
11 March 2017 | Sculpture on the Malecon
11 March 2017 | Gran Teatro de la Havana
11 March 2017 | Santeria Neighborhood


14 March 2017 | Marti Square in Ceinfuegos
We had wanted to sail around to the south coast to go to Ceinfuegos, but with our limited time here, and more than a week travel time by boat, we decided to drive to Ceinfuegos for a couple of days. It was well worth the trip. Javier drove us, a three hour car trip through the countryside south and east of Havana. A group of Americans we had met gave us the name of Marisela & Pedro who operated a small casa particular and we called to confirm a room. The Cuban country side reminded me a lot of Texas, with the exception of the type of trees, but just about everything else was very similar. Riders on horseback, cattle ranches, long sugar cane farms with amazing stone fences and citrus orchards that stretched for miles. The landscape changed as we got closer to Ceinfuegos where sugar cane farms were replaced by rice fields.
Ceinfuegos is a newer City by Cuban standards, developed in the 1800's by the French and enlarged by wealthy sugar cane barons in the early 1900's, but it has magnificent architecture that has remained untouched for 50 years or more and has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its significant architectural quality and contributions to urban design. The main center city square is a real treat to visit. Lined by great buildings and accessed by a pedestrian shopping street it includes a theatre, cathedral, government buildings and a lovely gazebo and memorial statues. The Prado in Ceinfuegos extends south to Punta Gordo, a long peninsula fronting on the bay with hotels, sugar baron mansions and the Yacht Club.
It seemed that Ceinfuegos, a smaller town than Havana, with its own port, had access to more and the City was well preserved with buildings generally in better condition. More industry, across the bay also helped to make economic conditions in Ceinfuegos better. While visiting the Marina, we met Landi, a Cuban Captain who invited us aboard the yacht he worked for and gave us a much appreciated lesson on the sailing route to Ceinfuegos. Ceinfuegos was a beautiful City, and we had a lovely dinner of rab bit from the balcony overlooking the Prado. It was especially wonderful to get to know Marisela, Pedro and their family, their stories were amazing and the casa was fantastic. Marisela arranged for a taxi driver to take us back to Havana, and finish our fourteen day stay.
Vessel Name: Joy
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina Morgan 440
Hailing Port: Vandemere, NC
Crew: John Lark and Diana Borja
John has extensive racing experience on Lasers in Regional races near St Louis and in National competition and previously owned an Erickson 34. Diana has also raced as crew on C&Cs, J14, J36 and on her Ranger 26 (Tango). [...]
Extra: Oliver, the Second Mate/Dog loves sailing and will accompany his owners on the Chesapeake trip. Since he is not boat trained, he will stay behind with neighbors on the Bahama trip.
Joy's Photos - Main
A few photos of one of our favorite Cities during our Winter Wonderland stop!
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Created 3 January 2018
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Created 18 January 2017
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Created 6 January 2017
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Created 6 January 2017
Museum and Gardens in South Miami
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Created 6 January 2017
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Created 11 December 2016
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Created 6 December 2016
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Created 24 November 2016
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Created 1 November 2016
Our day at the Farmers Market in Charleston
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Created 3 October 2016