Dropping Anchor June

Readers’ favourite Anchorages of the World. Showcasing your favourite anchorages. Leinster Bay From Ocean Sailor reader, David Groene Location: Saint John, United States Virgin Islands  Coordinates: 18°21.96’N 64°43.56’W Seabed: Good holding in sand and rock  Protection: Well protected except from NW Tripadvisor named this area (in conjunction with Watermelon Cay) the best place to visit […]

Changing life’s direction

Sailing a beautiful Hong Kong marine park It’s a big decision to purchase a yacht and one that will very likely change your life forever. Emigrating to Hong Kong, my only sailing experience was a few outings in a Cornish Crabber in Plymouth. However, due to the relatively small size of Hong Kong, the water […]

Dropping Anchor May

Readers’ favourite Anchorages of the World. Showcasing your favourite anchorages. Blue Lagoon From Douglas, Ocean Sailor reader from Scotland Location: Blue Lagoon (Krknjaši), Split, Croatia Coordinates: 43°26.35’N 16°10.37’E Seabed: Good holding in sand and rock Protection: Well protected from most directions The crystal clear waters, stunning cities and excellent seafood of the Dalmatian coast cements […]

Snake Boats Of India

René and Edith are still in India, where they have sailed most of the western coastline and are staying in the city of Cochin on their beloved classic sailing yacht Alondra. Edith, now 5-months pregnant, and René are working on the maintenance while enjoying the vibrant and frantic culture of this majestic yet almost impossible […]

Cold Turkey

When you mention Turkey to most people they instinctively think of warm evenings and baking sun, and whilst generally, that’s about right for Bodrum and further south it’s certainly not true for Istanbul in winter. I learnt this the hard way, on a passage I had long planned; sailing White Dragon from Tuzla Marina, Istanbul […]

Dropping Anchor April

Readers’ favourite Anchorages of the World. Showcasing your favourite anchorages. Dwejra Bay From Jeremy, Ocean Sailor reader from the UK Location: Dwejra Bay, Gozo, Malta Coordinates: 36°2.81’N 14°11.48’E Seabed: Good holding in sand  Protection: Very well protected anchorage from all sides Even if you have not heard of Dwejra Bay before, I am certain you […]

Turkey to Thailand – Part 5

Part 5: Alondra finally reaches the vibrant, mystical, raw… India The view that greeted us. Left: Taj Hotel. Center: Gateway to India, Right: Royal Bombay Yacht Club The last leg of Alondra’s voyage to India. A land unknown to sailors. Rich, poor, untold culture and with a beautiful coast. Part 5 is about the journey […]

Dropping Anchor March

Readers’ favourite Anchorages of the World. Showcasing your favourite anchorages. Waipoa Bay From Nigel, Ocean Sailor reader from New Zealand Location: Waipoa Bay, Moturua Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand Coordinates: 35°13.75’S 174°11.34’E Seabed: Good holding in sand Protection: Well protected except from South South West New Zealand has some spectacular cruising grounds but the […]

Turkey to Thailand – Part 4

Part 4: Alondra in Yemen and Oman; an unknown part of Arabia The impressive coastline During the penultimate stretch for Alondra, Edith and René sail along the south of the Red Sea, via the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb towards Yemen and Oman. In the fourth part of their journey from Turkey to Thailand; a story about […]

Dropping Anchor February

Readers’ favourite Anchorages of the World. Showcasing your favourite anchorages. Avea Bay From Peter, Ocean Sailor reader from the UK Location: Avea Bay, Huahine, French Polynesia Coordinates: 16°48.69’S 150°59.5’W Seabed: Good holding in sand Protection: Well protected except for winds from the SW We stumbled across this wonderful anchorage after a tip from some other […]