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

Commo Tally Who?

13 May 2011 | Marseille, France
As we listened to our Pimsleur's French lessons, we felt like deer in headlights. This was nothing like Spanish. We were on our way to Marseille, crossing the Gulf de Leon from Spain, frantically trying to learn some French before arriving the next morning. The French language is beautiful, but it is terrifying to someone who speaks "jeste un peu" (just a little) and understands even "moins" (less).

The thought of crossing the Gulf de Leon was also a bit scary. It is notorious for bad weather. We have heard many tales of horrific passages. Last year, a cruise ship was crippled by unexpected waves crashing through large windows, flooding the ship and injuring passengers. We had constantly been warned about the Gulf de Leon and read about its turbulent weather, so we took our time and waited for a good window to cross. We didn't care if there was no wind, we just didn't want too much wind. And the careful planning paid off. We left Cala Culip, Spain in the late afternoon with beautiful wind on the beam and sailed Berkeley East through much of the night before the wind died and we had to motor the rest of the way. The seas were calm, sometimes it seemed more like a lake than one of the Mediterranean's most dreaded bodies of water.

With the crossing behind us, we excitedly pulled into Marseille's old harbor. It was another new country for Berkeley East. The harbor master met us in his boat, led us to a nice big slip on the mega dock, caught our dock lines, welcomed us to France and expressed regret that we had not docked "bow in" because we would have a better view of his city. Luckily, his English was excellent, as we hadn't gotten very far with our French lessons.

With BE settled next to her new neighbors, a 144-foot schooner called Zaca te Moana, and a 100+-foot, 100+-year-old yawl called Moonbeam III, we set off to find assistance with our faulty depth sounder. One stop at a marine store and we soon had directions: two blocks down, cross the street, down the alley, find the engine store, ask for Pierre and walla! - we had a Ray Marine dealer who knew exactly what to do. Lunch at a local restaurant, dinner with our friends on "Eirene" - it was a good first day in France. And it seems like we are learning more and more French just by being here. Our favorite phrase is "Estce que vous parlez anglais?" (Do you speak English?)

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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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