Their safety concerns actually began in Guyana, South America. They had been advised that Bartica, a town of about 15,000 where the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers meet up with the Essequibo River, was a new 'hot spot'. Bartica might indeed be the 'Gateway to the Interior', where people work in the bush and hunt for gold and diamonds, but Scott and Nikki felt like walking targets. Scott's future plans are unclear, but they don't seem to include returning to California with the boat on a longterm basis. "There are too few places in California to berth a cat like mine," he says. Besides, once you've spent years cruising some of the most exotic places of the world, Catalina doesn't have the allure that it once did. — latitude 03/15/2014
Cherokee Rose — Alajuela 48 Michael and Anita Moyer The Marshall Islands (Newport Beach) We're burning up the rest of the Southern Hemisphere cyclone season to the north in the safety of the Marshall Islands. We've enjoyed our time here so much that I even applied for a job. Halfheartedly, but I did apply. We arrived in the Marshalls after American Samoa, Samoa, Tuvalu, and Kiribati. The Marshalls — which are just north of the equator about halfway between Honolulu and Cairns, Australia — are definitely off the cruisers' 'beaten path'. We know of only one other 2013 Puddle Jump boat — Robert and Sherry Bennatts' Northwest-based Hans
Christian 52 Wings of Dawn — that subsequently sailed up the island chains in this direction, too. We did meet a few cruising boats heading north, but it wasn't anybody else's first season. EvThe Marshalls were the outer perimeter of the Japanese defenses in the East during World War II. Evidence of the awful war still remains. MARSHALL ISLAND TOURISM
Is it the waters of the Marshall Islands or an aquarium? The water is so clear it's hard to tell, but it really is the Marshall Islands.
The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.