Frisky Cruising Adventures

Sailing our new Maverick catamaran from Cape Town South Africa to the US East Coast

14 July 2018 | Kennebunkport ME
09 July 2018 | Massachusetts
06 July 2018 | Boston
30 June 2018 | Massachusetts
22 June 2018 | Fall River Massachusetts
20 June 2018 | Narragansett Bay
08 June 2018 | Connectictu
31 May 2018 | New York City
29 May 2018 | New York City
12 May 2018 | Gulf Stream North
08 May 2018 | Florida
07 May 2018 | East Coast USA
06 May 2018 | Bahamas
30 April 2018 | Nassau Bahamas
25 April 2018 | Bahamas
23 April 2018 | Exuma Land and Sea Park

Swanky Monaco and Nice

25 June 2014 | Monaco and Nice France
We had a short 17 nautical miles from San Remo to enter the French Riviera and the Principality of Monaco. Monaco is famous for its swanky Monte Carlo Casino and the marriage of actress Grace Kelly to the Prince Rainier.
There were heavy winds while we were in Monaco so we were happy to be safely in the harbor..
Monaco residents pay no taxes because of the casino revenues which fund a very modern, clean and upscale metropolitan area. It was a delight to find a place where everything functions from hand dryers in public restrooms to public elevators and escalators to navigate pedestrian traffic across roadways and up inside the rocky cliffs upon which Monaco is built.
We toured the Royal Palace with an informative well-done audioguide and learned about the royal Grimaldi family who have ruled this small principality since 1271. The tomb of Grace Kelly who died tragically in a car accident in 1982, was in the beautiful cathedral, next to her husband, Prince Rainier who died in 2005.Their son, Albert, is now the reigning Prince.
A highlight of our visit to Monaco was the Oceanographic Institute and Aquarium built by Prince Rainier’s father in the 1920’s. The aquarium is perched on the ocean cliffside, and has amazing and educational specimens.
Because of the weather and the unavailability of boat berths in Nice, we visited that French Riviera city by train from Monaco. It was a short 30 minute scenic train rider for our day trip to visit all the Nice tourist spots. We also had to find a cellular phone and wireless provider and get set up for service in France. This took the usual visit to multiple offices, waits for technicians and finally we were set up with new French cell phone service and internet. Every new country requires this hassle with varying levels of cost and service.
That evening back in Monaco, we visited the famous Monte Carlo Casino which charges 10 euros admission just to walk around the beautiful 1920 art deco building. It was worthwhile just to see the interior, and we had something to drink in the lounge area. Gambling isn’t “our thing” and the minimums were more than we wanted to waste. Coat and tie are no longer required as in past years but we still dressed up a bit only to discover that most young visitors were very “casual”. We were of course too early for the true players who started to arrive as we left at 11 pm. The automobiles parked outside the Casino were astonishing. There were a few basic Jaguars and Porsches. Most cars were Ferrari, Mazerrati, Lamborgini or Rolls Royce. It was definitely a place where the wealthy of Europe come to gamble.
Vessel Name: Frisky
Vessel Make/Model: Maverick 400 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Ventura California
Extra: Sailing our NEW Maverick catamaran from Cape Town South Africa across the southern Atlantic, crossing the equator into the Caribbean and the East Coast USA
Frisky's Photos - Main
Island 1200 miles from west coast of Africa. Stop en route across southern Atlantic Ocean
4 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
Crossing the southern Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town South Africa to Trinidad in the Caribbean with new catamaran, Frisky. 6000 miles
7 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
Racing round St Lucia and Heineken Regatta in St Martin
17 Photos
Created 14 March 2015
From Canary Islands to Cape Verde to St Lucia
88 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Mindelo marina and island tour Nov 2014
22 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
30 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Photos from Dec 2014 through spring 2015
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Created 28 January 2015
Inland Turkey with amazing rock formations
56 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Mosques, churches, palaces and forts
22 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Resort on Sicily Italy
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Ancient city ruins
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Created 22 July 2013
Monastery and Windmills on Patmos Island
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Created 22 July 2013
Anchorages and harbors in Turkey
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Created 22 July 2013
Ancient ruins at Ephesus
4 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Sites in Malta
13 Photos
Created 23 May 2013
Sites in Tunisia and Boat Yard
14 Photos
Created 23 May 2013