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

If We Had To Live In France…

03 June 2011 | Villefrance, French Rivera
Everyone is always asking what our favorite town, village or city is. It is an impossible question to answer because most of the places that we have been visiting are all special in some way, be it beauty, character, peacefulness, people, or one unique experience. But if we had to choose a place to live in France, the answer would be Villefrance / Cap Ferrat. These two small towns share a beautiful bay. The hills are lined with exquisite houses (mansions) overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It is stunning, and remarkably unspoiled. The area was described in the early 1900's as "the escape hatch from Monaco for those burdened with taste."

We headed to Villefrance to sit out some approaching bad weather which came in the form of strong winds and a day of rain. While it was nice to get Berkeley East washed by the rain, it made for an uncomfortable day and night as we rolled at anchor, waiting for the storm to pass so we could go on land and explore.

The town of Villefrance is a jumble of buildings, nestled tightly together into the hillside. From the water, it looks like a charming painting. On the shore it felt comfortable. It is small and took less than an hour to see.

The next day it was off to Nice, by bus. This is always a challenging event because we have to determine what bus goes where we want to go, find a bus stop, figure out how to pay (on the bus, in advance, at a local tobacco store, etc.), then we need to determine where to get off the bus. We usually get the last one wrong, but the walking never hurts.

Nice was nice. It was a larger, more of a small city then a town or village. We walked around the old town markets, along the beach, up Castle Hill (which doesn't have a castle), around the port and then back to the bus. In Nice, we started to see Italian influences, it was still French, but there was more pizza and pasta in restaurants, and people were speaking Italian. We could feel that we were getting close to a new country.

On our trip back from Nice, we decide to go into Cap Ferrat to visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Set high on a hill, with unbelivable views on both sides of the point, this is a palace, filled with a collection of porcelain, tapestries, 18th-century paintings and furniture. Even better than the interior are the gardens, including separate Japanese, Spanish, Florentine, Provençal and rose gardens - all with views of the sea (and Berkeley East at anchor below).

We walked back to Villefrance along the Boulevard Napoléon III, admiring the mansions we had seen from the water, but from the street side this time. We were even more impressed as we looked through the mammoth gates, adorned with gold, that opened onto unbelievable gardens. We understand that Cap Ferrat's current residents include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and theatrical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. We think we could fit in nicely in this village.

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 [...]
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Venice June 2012
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Tuscany trip summer 2011
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Wardrick Wells - Exuma Land and Sea Park May 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