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Bahia Redonda Marina – Animal Rescue

Animal Rescue

From its inception and with the help of its owners, the Bahia Redonda Marina in Puerto La Cruz has been a free range, no kill animal sanctuary. Over the years many cruisers have taken on the job to help with …

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Venezuelan Marine Supply Celebrates 20 Years!

Venezuelan Marine Supply Celebrates 20 Years!

The last days of August 1993, Vemasca (Venezuelan Marine Supply) opened its doors in Porlamar, Isla Margarita, Venezuela. Back then, the number of sailboats cruising Venezuelan waters was increasing fast and Margarita was the only island in the Caribbean with …

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Cruising to Cumana

Dave and I recently cruised to Cumana, Venezuela, in our classic trawler, Swan Song.  We go there often to buy diesel for the boat but rarely stay long enough to tour the city and outlying area so this visit was …

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Cruising for Dinner

Countless times we have met cruisers who have either island-hopped their way to the Caribbean or have sailed hundreds of miles offshore.  I am always curious to know if they caught any fish, and more often than not the response …

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Visit Isla Cubagua – Island of Pearls

One of the most enjoyable aspects of cruising is the discovery of beautifully deserted islands, many of which have fascinating histories.  Venezuela is filled with such locales – while most cruisers in this area have been to both Isla Margarita, …

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Maria Esther Galban – The Sea in Sculpture

One of the most interesting aspects of cruising is learning about the art forms of other cultures and how they relate to the sea.  Maria Esther Galban is just such an artist; her relationship with the sea provides the focus …

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Angel Falls and the Waterfalls of Venezuela

Although I am a person who loves spontaneity, there is something to be said about knowing that you are about to have a great adventure in life.  Such was the occasion when good friends Nels and Linda Hagenson, along with …

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Anne Robinson: The Angel of Bahia Redonda

Living outside of one’s country can be stressful – the language, money, customs and living conditions are different from where most boaters grew up – no matter what country we are from or where we are cruising in the world.  …

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South Caribbean Ocean Regatta

Venezuela has some of the most beautiful cruising and racing waters that I have ever sailed so it was great to learn that the area outside of the marina section of Puerto la Cruz was the choice spot selected for …

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Isla de Margarita Venezuela – A Vacation Paradise

Located off the northeastern coast of Venezuela, Margarita is a paradise island for all vacationers who love sun, beaches, shopping, and night life and is among the largest of islands sprinkled through the azure waters of the lowest Caribbean.  Jimmy …

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Bob and Sue Franklin’s Pipe Dream

Bob Franklin, one of the most knowledgeable power boaters I have ever met, lived in Houston as a teenager and started sailing on the Gulf of Mexico from Galveston. Now in his 80s, he has spent most of his married …

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Woman at the Helm – Dorothy Silvernail

Born in Big Rapids, Michigan, Dorothy grew up where summers were spent on pontoon boats and water skiing on the Muskegon River.  She moved to Colorado in 1970 where she earned a BS degree from University of Southern Colorado in …

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The Venezuelan Pinero Boat

What surprised me are the huge 40 to 75 hp and as much as 225 hp outboard motors on the transoms of the Pinero Boats. As they have planing hulls that are capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots

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