Adventures of Berkeley East

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
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

A little lake-ation

15 June 2018 | Lake Como, Italy
Half the year, when Berkeley East is relaxing on land, we live on a lake in North Carolina. The landlocked existence is peaceful compared with the constant movement of cruising; we love the contrasts of the two lifestyles. And while sailing around the Med is fantastic, we sometimes enjoy the luxury of taking a real vacation away from the daily responsibilities of running and moving a boat. So when BE's radar had Lake Como in sight, we quickly jumped ship for some lake time.

Fourteen years ago, we spent a whirlwind 24 hours in Lake Como as part of a 25th wedding anniversary trip. Berkeley East and cruising were just ideas then, we were still working hard to make a living. We don't recall how we found Lake Como, but it was a fabulous discovery. We explored the town of Bellagio, toured the lake by boat, waterskied in the glacial pond, danced to Hungarian music, and slept very little. We have talked about a return trip ever since that day.

We actually wish we could have taken Berkeley East to Lake Como. It would have been incredible to sail our boat on this amazing body of water. Surrounded by rugged mountains called the Dolomites lecchesi, Lake Como was formed about 10,000 years ago during the last ice age.

Lake Como is long and narrow, giving it more the look of a twisting river than a lake. It has an area of 56 square miles, with 100 miles of shoreline, and is 1,300 feet deep, making it the third-largest lake in Italy and one of the deepest in Europe. It has been called the most magnificent lake in the world. It is simply stunning.

Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats, wealthy people and celebrities since Roman times. It was discovered by the Greeks, overtaken by the Franks, and controlled by the Austrians. Throughout history, artists, writers and actors have come to the lake for inspiration. It is the subject of books, the backdrop of paintings, the site of many movies.

The lake is also famous for the countless impressive villas along the shore and in the hills, with elaborate terraced gardens, private chapels and amazing views of the lake. Many are owned by celebrities; like George Clooney's Villa L'Oleandra, and Richard Branson's Villa La Cassinella. Every house has a name.

We spent three days exploring Lake Como this trip, but really needed three weeks. We navigated the narrow roads around the lake in our rental car, joined Carlo for a spin in his classic lake boat.

We wandered the waterfront on foot, took a zillion pictures, and discovered the local hangout in Bellagio where we spent hours talking with an Australian couple on holiday.

There was no cooking or cleaning, no weather to worry about, no water making, no boat moving, no docking, no anchoring. For a brief time, we were tourists, rather than cruisers, on a little lake-ation.

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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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