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

“Why don’t you just speak in English?”

25 June 2018 | Nice, France

We had just left the Chagall museum, and were trying to get our bearings on a confusing three-way corner, when a woman approached us speaking in French. It was clear she was trying to help us find our way, so with our best French accent, we replied very slowly, "Poooortoooo." She made a face and tried again, speaking rapidly in French. With much more emphasis and some pantomiming, we said, "Poooortoooo, baaarrrcoo," making wave motions with our hands. Then, with a tilt of her head, she asked, "Why don't you just speak in English?"

Her name was Heidi and moments later she became our personal guide through the streets of Nice. It turned out that Heidi was Austrian, had moved to Nice 28 years ago from Morocco, where she met her husband (also Austrian), though she never intended to stay in Nice so long. She had spent time on boats but suffered from seasickness, something she didn't tell her boat-loving husband for 12 years. She was born with defective hips that no one noticed until she couldn't swim, she had her first hip surgery when she was just a teenager, and now has three artificial joints. While we never, ever use this word to describe anything, Heidi was simply "delightful."

She constantly apologized for being slow, but to us, the 80-something woman was surefooted and energetic. We can only hope to be as sharp and perky as Heidi at that age. She was on her way to get some ice cream but insisted on making sure we got to the port without issue.

We had pulled Berkeley East into the Port of Nice the day before. While it is the capital city of the French Riviera, Nice is almost as Italian as it is French, the perfect transition place for us after spending so much time in Italia. It is the ideal combination of big-city grit, old-world opulence and casual beach town.

Heidi wove us through the backstreets, and the old town, telling us tales of the past, of royalty and celebrities. She talked about the French government and asked questions about politics in America, as she pointed out monuments, and the Promenade des Anglais', wondering if we knew of the terrible terrorist attack there years before. She showed us the Parc du Chateau with the most beautiful views of the city, and the port, and Berkeley East.

And when we got close enough to our destination that Heidi was certain we would not lose our way, she opened her arms for big hugs, this beautiful stranger who strengthened our hopes that the world, and the people in it, are not as horrible as it sometimes seems.

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