Adventures of Berkeley East

26 July 2021 | Caprera, Italy
22 July 2021 | Balearic Islands, Spain
01 July 2021
09 August 2020
30 March 2020 | Lake Norman, NC
31 October 2019 | Barcelona, Spain
30 September 2019 | Mallorca, Spain
15 September 2019 | Sardinia, Italy
08 September 2019 | Pantelleria, Italy
31 August 2019 | Favignana, Italy
22 August 2019 | Vulcano, Italy
17 August 2019 | Charlotte, NC and Gaeta, Italy
12 July 2019
12 September 2018 | Cala del Core Ponza, Italy
22 August 2018 | North East Sardinia
13 August 2018 | Northern Sardinia, Italy
10 August 2018 | La Maddalenas, Sardinia Italy
30 July 2018 | South West Corsica, France

Anchor Agony.

09 May 2011 | Cala Culip, Spain
It took us six tries to anchor in this cala in far north Spain. We needed to wait out some weather and the cove was protected, but the cruising guide said nothing about the rock seabed. The conditions were calm; we heard a cell phone ring on shore, great we'd have Internet. A man on another boat gave us a bow and asked about our voyage. How did he know, we wondered - we often forget about the big American flag flying off the back of our boat. Our first attempt looked good. So did the second, third, fourth and fifth. But each time we dropped the anchor, we heard our 132-pound spade bouncing happily along the bottom, catching here, letting go there, as if to say "try again suckers!" It was very frustrating, exhausting. For years, along the US East Coast, in the Caribbean, Venezuela, we have anchored only once, every time. But it is different here in the Med; there is lots of grass, lots of rock. And our anchoring practices are very stringent. We put the anchor down, typically with five times the depth in scope, and then we set the anchor by backing down, 1,000,1,500, 2,000, rpm, until it holds for several minutes. Many people think it is over the top, but we like to sleep at night.

So we finally got the anchor set and the boat settled, and OMG - we didn't have a signal. No Internet. What would we do? Larry accepted this fate much easier than I did. I like being connected to the real world. I love checking my email every morning, even if there is only a message from Office Depot about the latest sale. For a moment I contemplated going up the mast to look for a signal, but I quickly came to my senses. We spent five days in Cala Culip waiting for the conditions to change. During that time, there was still boat work to do, but not the backbreaking kind of Barcelona. There were no daily trips to the ATM to collect Euros for vendors. No bills to pay. For these reasons alone, it was paradise. But there was more. It was absolutely beautiful. Dramatic rocky hills on every side, the prettiest sea gulls we've ever seen, people were hiking and fishing on shore. It was quiet and calm, with very few boats. The water was too cold to swim, so we turned on the stereo, got our France books out and started planning a trip in Provence. We began listening to all our music in alphabetical order by song. We heard songs that we haven't listened to in years, along with ones we didn't even know we had. Even with skipping duplicates, it will take 641 hours to get to the letter Z.

Fellow Americans, Pam and Steve, joined us in the Cala for a couple of days on "Eirene" their Hylas 46. We all went on shore and discovered that Cala Culip is part of a national park "Paratge de Tudela." It was just as beautiful on land as it was from the sea. We hiked to the lighthouse and discovered a quaint little restaurant there. Apparently Cala Culip wasn't quite as remote a spot as we had thought, but it is still a wonderful and surprising part of Spain. Luckily we had enough Euros in our pocket for cold cava and beers. We relaxed and enjoyed our last day in Spain. The weather had improved enough cross the Gulf of Leon to France.

Muchas gracias Espana. Teníamos la época de nuestras vidas.
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 [...]
Berkeley East's Photos - Caribbean 1500 2008 (Main)
Street art from our 2019 stay in Barcelona
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Photos for blog post
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Extra pictures for Croatia
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Venice June 2012
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Tuscany trip summer 2011
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Pictures from June 2011 - The Ligurian Coast of Italy
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Wardrick Wells - Exuma Land and Sea Park May 2009
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Pictures from our trip to Los Testigos, Venezuela - March 2009
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Pics form the 2008 Caribbean 1500
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Octopuses Garden Highborne, Exuma Cay, Bahamas
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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


July 2019- Return to Gaeta, Italy

August 2019 - Gaeta to Sicily, Tunisia and Sardinia

September 2019 - The Spanish Balearic Islands

October 2019 -Barcelona Spain

November 2019 - Charlotte, NC