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

Moncaco Grand Prix - Off to the Race

30 May 2011 | Monaco
We have never been real Formula One Race fans, but when we realized that we were close enough to attend one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix, we decided that we just had to go. We called the Monaco port and were told that it would be over $9,000 to dock in Berkeley East in Monaco for the race.

So we put Berkeley East in a marina in Cannes and took the train into Monaco. We went for two days, first for qualifying and practice sessions, and then for the big race. Most of Monaco was closed, the harbor was packed with large yachts and the city streets became the racetrack. There were grandstands on every corner, room for thousands of people to watch Monaco’s premier event. And there were thousands of people there, true Formula One fans dressed in their favorite team’s gear, the atmosphere was exhilarating. We met a father and son from South Africa who had traveled to Europe specifically for the Grand Prix. For years they have gone to Formula One races all over the world, this was their first time in Monaco. We spent time talking with them and learned some basics about the rules of the race. We asked if there were typically so many crashes in qualifying and practices laps (as there had been that day), and they said no, except in Monaco. The Monaco track is so tight; it is more difficult and treacherous than others.

On race day, the grandstands were full, along with all the boats that lined the harbor. We were surrounded by a sea of red jerseys and hats, lots and lots of Ferrari fans, not surprising since we were so close to Italy.

The start line was behind us, so we heard and felt the effect as 24 Formula One cars revved their engines to over 18,000 rpm and took off around the track. We had a clear view of three points of the track, two of which were tight turns.

The race went for 78 laps. The cars went around so fast that by the time the last car went by us, the first one was nearly there again. As the laps wound down, two cars, a Ferrari and a McLaren, were challenging the leader SebastianVettel.

But Vettel got lucky as another car crashed and the race had to be stopped to extract the driver, allowing Vettel time to put on new tires and hold off the competition when the race restarted.

The two hours in the hot sun went by in a flash. We talked about following the Formula One circuit through Europe -- it was easy to get caught up in the excitement.
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