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

Boun Giorno!

09 June 2011 | Italian Riviera
Boun giorno! Boun giorno! That is what we heard as we sailed Berkeley East into San Remo, Italy. A portly man came running out on the dock, arms wide open, welcoming us to his marina. He said several sentences in Italian - "Welcome to Italy! Your yacht is so beautiful! We are so happy to have Americans in our country!" At least that is what we assumed he said, we really had no idea. He then pointed at another man, on a bicycle, who was waving his arms, gesturing, "this way." We followed, the man on the bicycle, he stopped at every turn to make sure we were still with him. As we made our way through the marina, there were Italian men on the bows of boats waving their arms and pointing, "that way." In the end, we had three marinaras (sailors) helping us with our lines. Everyone was happy. You would have thought that Berkeley East was the only boat they had ever had come into the marina. Boun giorno! (Hello!) - it was a wonderful welcome to Italy.

In it's heyday, San Remo was a glitzy resort city where wealthy Europeans went on holiday. Today, it is a working town, with faded elegance, where those same European visitors are now revisiting their youth. We used San Remo as our first Italian port of call. We bought a sim card for our cell phone, found an Italian internet plan, and got a Constituto for Berkeley East. Now all we need is to learn the language.

Our Own Private Marina

Our next stop was Loano, at a brand new marina that was barely open, and Berkeley East was about the only boat there. Again, we had sailors helping us dock. For this reason alone, we love Italy. Docking a 54-foot boat with just the two of us can be very challenging. We have done it many times, but prefer to have hands on land to catch our lines.

The town of Loano was about as sleepy as the marina. Clearly, it was a family town, as the beaches looked more like playgrounds than the hip white sand beach clubs that we got used to in St Tropez. Loano was very Italian though, which we discovered when we went to a local restaurant for dinner. No English descriptions of the food, no familiar Italian words, no pictures, no English-speaking waiter. We talked with the owner a bit, shook our heads at everything he said, and ended up with a delicious meal. After that experience, we almost hate to see English on a menu.

A Day Trip

From Loano, we took the bus to a beautiful medieval village called Albenga. We loved exploring the town, but our favorite experience, again, involved a meal. We stopped at a nice little place for pizza. The waitress spoke to us in Italian and we responded "Parla inglese?" (Do you speak English?). She said "No, franco" and walked away. We didn't know what "franco" meant and were frantically looking in our English-Italian phrase book when a man (Franco) arrived with his Italian-English phrase book. He spoke no English, but between our book, and his, we managed to order a delicious salad and pizza. It was the most fun we've ever had ordering lunch.

We have found that not knowing the language when ordering food has made us much more adventuresome in our eating. We try foods that we would never even think of eating in the states, and aside from some pig trotters in Spain, we have been pleasantly surprised.
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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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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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