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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

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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How much does it cost to cruise in the Caribbean?

No matter what your budget we are all share the same beautiful anchorages. Photo by Rosie Burr

“How much does it cost to cruise in the Caribbean?” is a question commonly asked by would-be cruisers. And trying to work out how much money you need is a difficult question to answer. It depends on many factors: What ...

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Visiting Glorious Grenada by Boat

St. Georges has undergone major changes over the last decade with the development of Port Louis Marina. The main anchorage for cruising boats is outside the lagoon and has become more popular over recent years

Every year – especially during hurricane season – cruisers flock to 12˚N and Grenada’s southern anchorages. Offering everything from sandy beaches and rum shacks to mangrove hurricane holes, there is something to suit everyone. The island is a heady mix ...

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One Hull or Two – Which is For You?

Cat or Monohull – which is the better boat?

The long debated issue of which is the better boat, a catamaran or a monohull, recently presented itself when we started shopping for a new (old) boat. It’s a big debate and one that has sparked many discussions and fueled ...

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Destination Panama: Portobelo – A Taste of History

Alianna at anchor on the quieter northern shore under the shadow of Fort San Fernando. Photo by Rosie Burr

Portobelo is a sleepy town on Panama’s northern coast that is shrouded in superstition, veiled in speculation and runs deep with historical significance. The docile town of today belies the notable past it once held. Portobelo, meaning beautiful port, due ...

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The Riveting Rio Dulce Guatemala: River, Ruins and Rainforest

The sparkling Rio Dulce (Sweet River) may not be the longest river in Guatemala but it is arguably the most famous amongst cruisers and the sweetest of them all, with no pollution from heavy industry, just clean fresh water. This ...

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Cruising the Spanish Virgin Islands

Everybody knows the United States and British Virgin Islands but when you mention the Spanish Virgin Islands people stare at you with a quizzical look on their face. This archipelago to the east of Puerto Rico has an undeniable Caribbean ...

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Water Spout: Are They Dangerous?

Water spouts can be scary and intimidating even to the most experienced of skippers. They are not as dangerous as their land- based counterparts; the tornado or twister, nevertheless, care should be taken when encountering one of these natural phenomena. ...

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Sights of St Lucia: A Guide

Sights of St Lucia   The first thing you notice about Saint Lucia is its magnificent, rugged green landscape. It’s an emerald jewel jutting into the sky, surrounded by deep, sapphire-blue seas. Two of these emerald jewels at the southern ...

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Historic English Harbour

Tucked away on Antigua’s south coast, English Harbour is home to the only working Georgian dockyard in the western hemisphere. Nelson’s Dockyard began life providing a base for the fleet of British ships patrolling Caribbean waters in the early 1700s. ...

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Tall Ships of the Caribbean

Sails on the royal clipper are not computer controlled but controlled by skilled seaman using powered winches or horizontal and vertical power furling. Photo: Sam Frampton

We have all marveled at the majestic sight of the Tall Ships with acres of white canvas straining in the wind.  But have you ever wondered what kind of tall ships they are, or what colorful history lies in their ...

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Explore the Martinique Riviera

Anse a L’Ane, Anse Mitan & Trois Islet Opposite Martinique’s capital Fort De France, on the other side of the bay, are three anchorages that are often overlooked. Each have their own character but all with the same sophisticated charm ...

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Brigantine Tres Hombres Passes Through the Simpson Bay Bridge

Tres Hombres, the only engineless sail training cargo vessel in the western hemisphere, at the St Maarten Yacht Club dock Photo: Rosie Burr

Moving freight under sail In February crowds gathered at the St Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC) to watch Tres Hombres – a 32-meter engineless brigantine – pass through the Simpson Bay Bridge. Despite delays, due to the engineless vessel struggling in ...

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