Rosie Burr

Rosie and her husband Sim Hoggarth on yacht Wandering Star have cruised the Caribbean and North America fulltime for nine years. Visit their blog: www.yachtwanderingstar.com

We’re Jammin’ … In Grenada

As the sun sets and full moon rises the Full Moon party swings into action. Photo: Sharon Brown

If there is anything that brings sailors together more than boats and rum – its music; although Grenada is a small island at the end of the Caribbean chain it has lots to offer budding musicians and music fans. Cruisers …

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Wars, Views and Backwards Forts

View of St George’s - The city on the hill. Photo Rosie Burr

Guarding the entrance to St George’s harbour, on the hill to the west of the capital city, is Fort George. It is the oldest standing fort in Grenada, originally named Fort Royal, it was built by the French in the …

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Grenada Rum: Take the Tour

Grenada Rum

Rum is as diverse as the methods used in making it and the islands it comes from; white, gold, light, dark, over-proofed, aged, spiced, flavoured or blended, it is the most varied of distilled spirits. On the small island of …

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Spice Island Dune Buggies and River Rides

Spice Island

Sometimes you just need to get off your boat and get to know the island you are visiting. If you are looking for something a little different during your stay in Grenada, why not don a crash helmet and try …

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Puerto Rico’s South Coast Anchorages

Puerto Rico south coast anchorages

Cruising the south coast of Puerto Rico offers something a little different from the usual blue seas and sandy white beaches of the Caribbean. Its coastline is 70-odd miles of historical Spanish lighthouses, small seaside towns, historic towns, mangrove habitat, …

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“Hard Time” Made Easier

hard time

Whether you are hauling out for a short period or planning an extended stay on the hard, living on your boat while it’s on land can be challenging. We have spent many months in various boats yards between Trinidad and …

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The Lowdown on Luperon

Luperon DR

Everyone who passes through Luperon has a story to tell. It’s a town that evokes the senses and gets beneath your skin. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t help but be intrigued by it. The shabby town …

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George Town, Bahamas: Paradise Found

George Town, Bahamas: Paradise found. Photo by Rosie Burr

  Every year cruisers flock to George Town in the Exumas, some returning time after time. Stephen Pavlidis, the author of one of the ‘must have’ cruising guides to the area, calls George Town the ‘cruising mecca’ of the Bahamas. …

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Learning About Lightning

Learning About Lightning: Photo: Rainer Knäpper, Free Art License http://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en

Have you ever been surrounded by so much lightning that the skies are alight with fire and you can feel the static as it strikes the water beside you? Lightning terrifies me. It is one of my biggest fears. While …

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What Would You Do if Your Engine Failed?

Motor-sailing through a cut can be scary enough - but what if your engine fails? Photo by Rosie Burr

A recent problem with our engine while in the middle of the shallowest and most coral-ridden areas in the Bahamas, forced us to sail without the help or convenience of our iron topsail. The problem has long since been resolved but …

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What’s in Your Grab Bag?

Grab bags you hope you will never need. Photo by Rosie Burr

The idea of abandoning ship at sea is not an appealing one. But if the unthinkable happens then it pays to have a well thought-out grab bag. As the name suggests, a grab bag is a selection of crucial items readily …

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Finding the Right Boatyard

Photo by Rosie Burr

Hauling your boat out of the water can be a nerve wracking experience. Finding the right yard for the job is imperative. Some yards have wonderful facilities but not the technical support you require, some have the skilled labor but …

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Bahamas Bound: Crossing The Tropic of Cancer

Our fleet of three finds safe anchorage as squally weather passes. Photo by Rosie Burr

The Tropic of Cancer is as far north as the sun travels above the equator during the summer months; it’s where the subtropics start before becoming more temperate further north. For several years we had talked about leaving the Eastern …

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Top 10 Snorkeling Spots in the Eastern Caribbean

Underwater sculptures, Grenada

What could be better than to jump in and snorkel straight from your boat? It’s the epitome of cruising. Everyone has their own preferences but there is something to see in almost every anchorage. And you don’t need to snorkel …

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A Pirate by Any Other Name

Pirate flag of Jack Rackham

Many legendary pirates used the Caribbean for their greatest exploits, attracted by the riches and easy pickings that the New World had to offer. More often than not they attacked ships for food, rum, medical stores or for sought-after crew …

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The Exuma Islands: Fifty Shades of Blue

Take only pictures and leave only footprints. Photography by Rosie Burr

The Exuma Cays in the central Bahamas are some of the most beautiful islands you will come across. Not only are their beaches and anchorages picture-perfect but their people are friendly and welcoming. There are over 360 cays and islets …

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Boqueron Puerto Rico: Laidback Cruising

Boquerón Beach – one of the best beaches with public facilities in Puerto Rico. Photo by Rosie Burr

Boqueron on Puerto Rico’s west coast makes a natural stop off point for boats travelling east and west.  It’s the last place you leave from and could be the first place you arrive at after crossing the notorious Mona Passage. …

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The Sea Glass and Mermaid’s Tears

Photo By Rosie Burr

Sea glass are pieces of broken glass that have made their way into the waterways of the world. Sailors folklore tells the story that the sea glass are the tears shed by mermaids caused by the jealous wrath of Neptune …

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Harvesting Rainwater on your Boat

With so much rain in the Caribbean there is no reason not to harvest any. Photo by Rosie Burr

Water is vital to life and a precious commodity these days. In the Caribbean – despite the vast amounts of rainfall we seem to experience – water supplies can often dwindle or even become contaminated after the passing of a …

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