Adventures of Berkeley East

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
25 June 2018 | Nice, France

Living on the Cote d’Azur

07 July 2018 | The French Riviera

We never intended to spend nearly two weeks around the French city of Antibes, the plan was a few days at best. But one thing led to another, and we zigzagged Berkeley East from marina to anchorage, to a different anchorage and back, and so on. We settled into a routine, a mix of chores, errands, exploration, and relaxation on the French Riviera, aka the Cote d'Azur, our temporary home.

We spent time with the locals in Antibes, enthusiastically watching the World Cup. We went out to the islands off Cannes, and into the chic city. We lounged at beach clubs, hiked in the parks.

We were in awe of our neighbors, so many mega yachts in one place. BE was surrounded by Russians! And Brits.

Le Grand Bleu was impressive. At 371 feet, she is one of the largest private yachts in the world and carries two additional yachts, a 73-foot sailboat (19 feet longer than Berkeley East) and a 68-foot powerboat, as well as a landing craft to shuttle the Range Rover to shore.

But Eclipse cast a shadow over every other yacht in the area. Owned by Roman Abramovich, Eclipse is a 533-foot luxury motor yacht that cost an estimated 340 million euros and requires a crew of 70. She has two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, a mini-submarine, and is fitted with a missile detection system. We wondered what was done if a missile were detected.

In addition to most of the boats being well over 100 feet long, living on the Cote d'Azur also requires having an enormous collection of luxury water toys. Jet skis, paddleboards and kayaks, sure. But the jet surf, sea bob and flyboard are also essential. Some of the largest super yachts had separate support boats to carry all the playthings.

From time to time, we need to take care of US business in foreign ports, such as sending a letter via Fed Ex or DHL. One would think that this is a simple task, but it is not, and when living on the Cote d'Azur, it was far from ordinary. This particular time took the better part of a day to accomplish, and upwards of 300 euro to have a letter overnighted to the US. But the biggest difficulty was, when calling for an Uber to take us to the Fed Ex office, we didn't know if we should choose the Uber X, the Uber Black, or the Uber Copter.

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