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Our Diary Of A BVI Charter - Feb 1, 2005
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Posted: February 01, 2011
NOTE TO READERS:
This week Douglas and I are occupied with family events in Cleveland – his mother is in failing health -- so, instead of talking about that in our log, we’ll tell you a story about a sailing charter we hosted last month to the British Virgin Islands. We hope you enjoy it, and we’ll see you back here on February 15, 2005.
--Bernadette
February 1, 2005
Miami, Florida
25° 43.544 North
080° 13.984 West
Our Diary Of A BVI Charter
By Bernadette Bernon
Today Douglas and I closed all the through-hull fittings, locked up Ithaka, taxied to the Miami air...... Read More

Bits and Pieces
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Posted: October 01, 2006
October 1, 2006
Sandy Bay--El Bight
Isla de Guanaja, Honduras, CA
16º 27.313 North
85º 52.161 West
Bits and Pieces
By Douglas Bernon
We have a friend, a successful sailboat racer, who admits that in his youth he would try and confound his opponents by any means, fair or foul. When passing another boat or being passed, he would sometimes throw rusty cotter pins or half-sheered bolts up against their main sail, so that when they fell to the deck, either the sudden sound or the later discovery would unnerve ...... Read More

The Light House
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Posted: September 15, 2006
September 15, 2006
Sandy Bay--El Bight
Isla de Guanaja, Honduras, CA
16º 27.313 North
85º 52.161 West
The Light House
By Bernadette Bernon




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Mr. Bing And The Water Pump
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Posted: September 01, 2006
September 1, 2006
Isla Providencia , Colombia
13º 22.812 North
081º 22.445 West
Mr. Bing And The Water Pump
By Douglas Bernon
Over time, the spoils of war have made this gentle little island the property of several nations, but since the 19 th century it’s been a far-off post of Colombia, even though its closest neighbor is Nicaragua, just 120 miles away. Colombia is almost four times as far. Bernadette and I love Providencia. This is our third stop here; we have friends we love to hang out with, and each time w...... Read More

Farewell To Dear Friends
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Posted: August 15, 2006
August 15, 2006
Off the coast of Kuna Yala, Panama
09º37.106 North
078º 57.291 West
Farewell To Dear Friends
By Bernadette Bernon
Despite a spectacular sunrise, what a miserable morning this is turning out to be. We’re leaving two of our best friends, not knowing when we’ll see them again. We’re leaving one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever lived, perhaps never to return. Yet we push forward. Ithaka and Sand Dollar raise our sails, hoist our anchors, ghost out at first light, and clear...... Read More

Have Ulu Will Travel: Part II "The Epilogue"
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Posted: August 01, 2006
Yansalidup, Kuna Yala, Panama
09º 34.376 North
078º 51.129 West
August 1, 2006
Have Ulu Will Travel: Part II—The Epilogue
By Douglas Bernon
Just over an hour ago a joyful family sailed around Ithaka in their wooden, dugout canoe, their precious ulu that is part school bus, part car-pool vehicle, part station wagon, SUV, go-kart, race car, fishing skiff, and long-distance cruiser. Mama sat in the bow, grinning from ear to ear and bailing water with a half a calabash gourd -- these are always wet sailing boats. Their kids, t...... Read More

Slow Dancing Through The San Blas
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Posted: July 15, 2006
July 15, 2006
Isla Caobos, Kuna Yala, Panama
09º 35.604 North
078º 41.633 W
Slow Dancing Through The San Blas
By Bernadette Bernon
Tonight was one of those cruising nights that come along once in a blue moon. Seemingly out of nowhere, where before there’d been only isolated little islands -- and Ithaka and Sand Dollar anchored by ourselves – now there were friends gathered on cruising boats from near and far, all drawn to the Holandes islands of the San Blas, for a celebration of a birthday – Linda’s on...... Read More

From Ithaka’s Galley "Our Daily Bread"
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Posted: July 01, 2006
July 01, 2006
Mamitupu, Kuna Yala, Panama
09º 11.218 North
075º 58.531 West
From Ithaka’s Galley – Our Daily Bread
By Bernadette Bernon




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Ustupu Celebrates The Kuna Revolution Jun
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Posted: June 15, 2006
June 15, 2006
Ustupu, Kuna Yala, Panama
09º 07.55 North
077º 55.72 West
Ustupu Celebrates The Kuna Revolution
By Douglas Bernon
Every year in Kuna Yala, in major villages across the region, there are community-wide, stop-everything celebrations to mark the anniversary of a successful Kuna uprising in 1925, in which the Panamanian police and military got themselves booted right out. The reasons for the revolt were economic and political, but also, just as significantly, they were cultural. The Panamanians had opened up farming, foresting, fishing, and turtling to non-Kunas, an...... Read More

The Sails Call June 1, 2006
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Posted: June 01, 2006
June 1, 2006
Suletupu: Kuna Yala, Panama
08º 53.799 North
077º 41.205 West
The Sail’s Call
By Bernadette Bernon
There’s a price for island hopping west and north through the San Blas: You have to sail upwind right into the prevailing northwesterlies, as well as contend with an unfavorable swell. When the two combine, it’s no picnic. But Douglas and I are doing it anyway because of the payoff: In this area of the San Blas, few yachts come through, and the villages are still traditional. Take Caledonia for in...... Read More

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