Adventures of Berkeley East

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
12 July 2018 | Saint-Tropez, France
07 July 2018 | The French Riviera
25 June 2018 | Nice, France
22 June 2018 | Cap Ferrat, France
15 June 2018 | Lake Como, Italy

A pair of ducks

08 June 2018
We had to laugh when we saw the two ducks swimming by Berkeley East, we thought it must be a sign. The night before, we had been discussing a paradox (which one of us insisted on pronouncing as a "pair•of•ducks"). By definition, a paradox is, "a seemingly absurd statement or proposition which, when investigated, may prove to be well founded or true." This was the case when one of us (the same one with the pronunciation challenge), suggested that we could go back to Santa Margherita and enjoy the same Italian town that we fell in love with in 2011. The other one of us replied, "Are you crazy? It has probably grown, and changed so much that we will hate it. Why spoil the beautiful memory?" It was a real conundrum, such a difficult question. Can one, should one, go back?

While we have returned to many places in Italy, few held as special a place in our hearts as Santa Margherita Ligure. We truly felt we could live in this seaside town. Located in the middle of the Italian Riviera, next door to the famed Portofino, Santa Margherita was a cross between an old fishing village and a stylish Italian city. It was a resort town with a local feel. Large enough to absorb the tourists, small enough to make you feel at home. We yearned for that atmosphere, if it still existed in Santa Margherita.

We approached the harbor in a squall and called for a berth, only to find that the docks were full. We were already questioning our decision to return. The rain persisted and the wind built as we tried to set BE's hook in the small port, the anchor resisting our efforts. Our fear of disappointment grew.

But as the clouds parted, the sun peeked through and there it was, our Santa Margherita Ligure, like a fine watercolor, picture perfect. We could see the palm fronds waving to us on the esplanade, calling us in.

We spent several days strolling through the streets, examining the daily catch on display, watching children play on the beach, sitting with locals in colorful restaurants, and participating in the evening passeggiata along the promenade. It was as if time had stood still, like we had never left.

We pretended that we lived in Santa Margherita Liguere, and enjoyed the 2.5-mile walk along the water to her much more famous neighbor Portofino, a path lined with classic villas and endless views of the sea.

Portofino is a fishing village turned holiday resort that is one of the most visited towns in Italy. Cruise ships anchor off; super yachts fill the tiny harbor. High-end boutiques and pricey seafood restaurants line the piazza. Some might find it too touristy, but once above the charming port, Portofino still makes us smile.

Once again, we decided that if we had to live in Italy, we could certainly find a way to be happy in lovely Santa Margherita Ligure.

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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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