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

The Start of the French Rivera

25 May 2011 | Saint Tropez, France
Everything we had heard about St Tropez had to do with huge yachts, glamorous people, hip beach clubs, money, money, and more money. So we were surprised when we pulled into the marina and were directed to a tiny dock full of charter boats, each with ten or more passengers. We had requested a berth in the Vieux Port (old harbor), but were politely told that we were too small; it was reserved for yachts that are 30 to 40 meters (100 - 130 feet). Berkeley East is 16.5 meters (54 feet) and she just didn't measure up. It seems that BE is an odd size for Mediterranean marinas, so we are often put on the Mega Dock with much larger boats, as we were in Marseilles, or we are put on a dock that is too small. We prefer the Mega Dock.

After we squeezed BE into her tiny berth, we walked around the old harbor and began to see what everyone was talking about - it is full of large yachts and tourists looking at them. Restaurant tables are lined up in rows so everyone has a view of the backs of the super yachts, so the restaurant patrons can watch the yachts owners eat, while they eat. But a block back from the wharf, you see a very different St Tropez. This is the cleanest, best-kept town we have seen since we arrived in the Mediterranean.

The buildings are nicely painted in pastel colors; the streets are nicely paved. The park is full of people sitting, strolling, or bowling. It is quiet and quaint. We enjoyed the day, had dinner at a local restaurant (that didn't face the super yachts), went to the market in the morning and wished we could become locals here for a month or so. But we came to experience all aspects of St Tropez, so we headed to the beach, anchored off with the big yachts again, and explored some of the nice beach clubs.

We love the casual elegance of Mediterranean beach clubs and St Tropez has many of them. Unfortunately, the season really begins in June so some of the most famous were not yet open. We will have to go back.

While in St Tropez, the weather has changed from cold to hot. Just a few days before, had every blanket on the bed, we were wearing long pants and jackets. Now we are down to the bare minimum and are melting in the sun. What is it going to be like in August?
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