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Visiting Nassau and Paradise Island

Visiting Nassau

In this issue, we will be visiting Nassau, the capital city on the island of New Providence.  Approximately 70-80% of the less than half a million population for the entire country resides here. During the early 1700’s this was a …

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Pirates of the Virgin Islands

pirates BVI

The British Virgin Islands have long been associated with pirate activity. There’s fantasy, hearsay, hyperbole, myth and fiction – and a nugget of truth here and there. We know that Sir Francis Drake passed through these islands in 1595 in …

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Sailing with Charlie: Terminology and the Neophyte

sailing with charlie terminology

Landlubbers often have a very hard time when it comes to understanding nautical terminology and undoubtedly it’s challenging; almost like learning a whole new language. Terms like gollywobbler, gooseneck, slippery hitch and barber-hauler are all part of this lingo as …

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Free Charters: No Experience Necessary!

Cap'n Fatty Goodlander: Free Charters: No Experience Necessary

My wife and I live a life of splendid isolation aboard our 43-foot ketch Ganesh—a cruising life so wonderful I totally forgot how awful penny-pinching dirt dwellers can be. Stupidly, I invited an old acquaintance, Tony Chutzpah of Fort Liquordale, …

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Sailing with Charlie: A Merry Life … Ho Ho Ho

Santa & Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates, their history and lore are fascinating and have been very much in the public eye since the Pirates of the Caribbean movie trilogy several years ago. Everyone loves a pirate – but why? Because he represents freedom, an escape …

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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 Darién: In the Wake of Discoverers and Pirates

Outer San Blas Islands. Photo by Birgit Hackl

  After Columbus’ discovery of the ‘new world’ in 1492, the Spanish conquistadores subjugated islands in the Caribbean and then focused on South and Central America. The first colonies were founded in the Darién—a region between today’s Panama and Colombia. …

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A Pirate’s Life for Capt. Horatio Sinbad

The Meka II, a 54-foot, 18-ton wooden brigantine, is a ¾-scale replica of a 17th century pirate vessel.

In the early morning hours in August, there was a strange current in the air about the sleepy seaport town of Beaufort, N.C. It’s always a place where a seafaring soul can venture ashore without fear of standing out, yet …

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Arrrgh! Pirate Invasion in Tampa

  A century-old tradition draws thousands to the city’s waterfront On Saturday, January 28, over 300,000 people gathered at Bayshore Boulevard in downtown Tampa to witness a Pirate invasion. The world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla II, magically …

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