8 Reasons to Love CAPE VERDE

In this video of our series Best Sailing Destinations we give our personal 8 reasons to love Cape Verde, especially Sao Vicente and Mindelo. It is not a traveling guide, rather a personal declaration of love to this small African country that - we hope - will inspire you to travel there one day.

Perhaps you have made the experience that the rougher the land the friendlier its inhabitants. Cape Verde is such a place. The land, basically the tops of oceanic volcanoes, is hostile and for a good reason was uninhabited until the Portuguese settled on it in the 16th century: Cape Verde has almost no natural water resources. But the rough living conditions have made the Cape Verdeans very friendly and hospitable. The mix of African and European cultures made them tolerant and is enriching for Cape Verdean music and art. All this makes this tiny archipelago on the Western tip of Africa, that many people haven’t even heard of, a worthwhile travel destination. This video is not a travel guide. We give eight reasons why we love Cape Verde. We hope we can inspire you to put Cape Verde on your travel wish list. Read Michelle's Blog "THE MANY COLORS OF CAPE VERDE"

Rabat, Morocco

December 28, 2018

In this video, “WHY WOULD ANYONE SAIL TO MOROCCO - PART TWO” we addressed the many concerns some sailors have about sailing to Morocco. We also share our personal experiences from our time in Rabat, Casablanca, and Tangier. For much more about Morocco, please check out our SAIL TO MOROCCO playlist!

Playa de Rodas - The Most Beautiful Beach in the World

November 6, 2018

On our way from Vigo, Spain to Porto, Portugal, we decided to take a little detour and check out Playa de Rodas, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

It did not disappoint.

Playa de Rodas is a slightly curved beach about 700 meters long on the Spanish Cies Islands, which is now a national park. The British newspaper, The Guardian, chose it as the most beautiful beach in the world in 2007.

We anchored about 50 meters from the shore and enjoyed the spectacular scenery! We didn’t have time to get out and explore the island, but we captured some amazing Drone footage that we are proud to share with you! We hope you enjoy it!

Please leave us a comment and let us know about the most beautiful beach you’ve ever seen!

A Caruña, Spain

October 13, 2018

A Coruna is a busy town in the autonomous community Galicia in Northwest Spain. Sailors love A Coruna as it is the logic start or end point for ships crossing the Bay of Biscay. Well sheltered in Ria Coruna, the two major marinas, Real Club Nautico and Marina Coruna, can be entered at any tide or weather. The approach is straight-forward and easy, also at night. In fall fog may make an approach difficult, though. We stayed at Marina Coruna, the first marina coming in from the sea. It has plenty of visitor berths (floating pontoon fingers) for all size of boats and provides great amenities. We paid around 170 EUR for one week in September with our 12 m boat. That included water, electricity and showers. The marina is protected by wavebreakers but occasionally you will feel some swell from big ships entering or leaving the huge industrial port. The town has two visible landmarks: The modern port control tower and the ancient Tower of Hercules. The 55m high Tower of Hercules overlooking the Northern Atlantic coast of Spain was built in the 2nd century and has been in use as a lighthouse ever since. This makes it the oldest Roman light house in use today. The second highest lighthouse of Spain is a National Monument of Spain and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another distinct building is the San Anton Castle. Its construction began in 1587 and - not even finished - it played a major role defending the city’s walls in Sir Francis Drake’s assault in 1589. This was also the time when Maria Pita took her killed husband’s spear and successfully lead the defense of Coruna with the famous battle cry “Those with honor, follow me!”

Camaret sur Mer - Brittany, France

September 21, 2018

The sweet fishing town Camaret sur Mer is situated in the very Northwest of France, at the Avant-Goulet de Brest in beautiful and wild Brittany. Coming from sea by sailboat, its two marinas are a great alternative to the marinas in the city of Brest. They provide great shelter, and Port Vauban is accessible at any tide. It is a great starting point for crossing the Bay of Biscay. Camaret’s exposed location at the end of Crozon Peninsula has been of great military relevance for many centuries to defend the Goulet de Brest, the entrance to France largest naval base. So you will find remains of fortifications, batteries and bomb craters from a range of eras.

St.-Valéry-en-Caux, France

September 8, 2018

One of the hidden gems along the English Channel is the little town Saint-Valery-en-Caux, embedded between the impressive white cliffs on the channel’s South-Eastern coast. But before you can enter this beautiful place from the sea, careful navigation is mandatory. The pre-harbor falls dry 3 m and harbor entry is only possible HW +/- 2 hrs. Passing a draw bridge and a massive sea gate you will find a most charming marina right in the city center. Situated in Northern France, 32 kms from Dieppe, St. Valery en Caux sure is a highlight on the Normandy Alabaster Coast. Charming alleys, traditional (seafood) restaurants and historic buildings gives you a great taste of small-town Normandy. Memorials remember of the time when this part of the world was less peaceful but also of the achievements of the great French pilot pioneer Dieudonné Costes flying non-stop from Paris to New York in 1930.