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
19 July 2018 | North West Corsica, France

The Coast of Provence to the Cote d’ Azur

23 May 2011 | iles d’ Hyeres, France
Leaving Marseille we headed north east along the coast to spend some time at anchor, just relaxing (recovering from our land vacation in Provence).

We cruised along the Les Calanques, a stretch of the coast between Marseille and Cassis with a number of steep fjord-like inlets. Our first stop, Port Miou, was very narrow and full of moorings. The good news was it was also very deep. We tied the bow to the mooring and a small boat came out and looped our stern line through a ring in the side of the cliff. Our stern was about 30 feet from the cliff, just enough room for the guys jumping off the cliff 100 feet above us to clear the boat!

Comfortable that Berkeley East wasn't going anywhere, we inflated the kayaks and padddled back up the coast to two even smaller calanques, Port Pin and d'En Vau. Calanque d'En Vau was a beautiful deep cove, with a nice beach at its end. The cliffs were over 300 feet high and the calanque was only 100 feet across (not enough room to anchor BE).

We had planned to spend two night in Port Miou, but the swell was rebounding off the cliff walls and causing us to roll at night, and then during the day tourist boats would come by every 15 minutes, so we left to find somewhere quieter and smoother.

The iles d' Hyeres fit the bill. This is a group of four small islands on the Cote d' Azur, commonly referred by the name of the largest island Porquerolles or "pork roles" to our American English ears.

We spent a couple of days at anchor at Ile de Porquerolles, first on the west side of Baire du Langostier, then on the east side. The water was crystal clear with shades of green and blue, reminiscent of the Caribbean.

From Ile de Porquerolles we motor sailed up to Port Man on Ile de Port-Cros, another beautiful anchorage.

Thoroughly relaxed, we headed off to St Tropez.

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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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