Adventures of Berkeley East

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
19 July 2018 | North West Corsica, France
12 July 2018 | Saint-Tropez, France
07 July 2018 | The French Riviera

Paradise lost, paradise found

22 June 2018 | Cap Ferrat, France

We had been on a roll, taking Berkeley East back to favored places in Italy and finding the same wonderful locales. So it was a shock when we arrived in the Bay of Villefranche and discovered that our beloved French anchorage was no longer the utopia we once knew.

The Bay of Villefranche has long been considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world, with the Cap of Nice to the right, Cap Ferrat on the left, and the enchanting old town of Villefranche tumbling down the hill to the sea. It is still stunning when viewed from land, but from the water level, the bay has sadly lost its luster.

We don't know why the bay has become so overrun with yachts, tripper boats and cruise ships. Maybe this was just a popular time of year, or perhaps there has been more promotion for tourism. It could also, more likely, be that current world issues have eliminated many cruising grounds forcing more boats, and cruise ships, into fewer venues.

If not for impending weather, we would have turned Berkeley East around and found a more appealing space. Instead, we suffered through the arrival and departure of massive cruise ships, the constant wakes and loud speakers of tour boats, drunken British boys on a charter boat dragging into BE, bad dancers on party catamarans (luckily the music they were dancing to was good), too many boats anchoring far too close, all topped off with a storm.

When the weather cleared, we happily moved Berkeley East around the point to St-Jean-Cap Ferrat. Located on a peninsula next to Villefranche, Cap Ferrat was originally home to just a handful of cottages clustered around the harbor. It became a leading holiday resort around the end of the 19th century and is still a preferred destination among European aristocracy and international millionaires.

Today, Cap Ferrat has some of the most expensive real estate in the world, and many famous residents including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and theatrical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

We were fortunate that the wind and seas calmed for a few days so we could enjoy the peaceful, scenic anchorage at Cap Ferrat, and explore the peninsula on foot. In the end, we actually preferred Cap Ferrat to even "our old" Villefranche. If we had to live in France, we could certainly live in the paradise known as Cap Ferrat.

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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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