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Thanks to their creature comforts, catamarans dominate the seascape at the Moorings charter base in Road Town, Tortola, but sleeker, more maneuverable mono hauls still find space here. The base is within walking distance of grocers, or sailors can provision on line and have their groceries waiting for them at the dock.

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inter hit northern Ohio particularly hard four years back, and a freezing wind was strafing my SUV with lake-effect snow as my husband, Dan, and I headed south on Interstate 271 toward Bedford. Ohio winters have a way of chasing us natives out of town. “Let’s go sailing in the Virgin Islands again,” I said, “so call John and Sandy and see if they’ll go.” We hadn’t gone another mile before John’s voice boomed through the car’s speaker: “Yes! We’re in!” But the 2015 charter was inspired not by a snow storm, but by Jimmy Buffett singing “Tin Cup Chalice,”—not exactly on the BVI play list, but close enough for us to hail our crew. Alas, our seasoned crew were busying themselves with other adventures, and finding friends and relations to go with us was becoming an oddly difficult task. So, each winter we invite friends and friends-of-friends to our home for dinner and a couple bottles of wine, the beginning of a ploy to attract crew to accompany us on bareboat sailing charters. We further chum the waters by showing them the DVD of one of our BVI charters, a 10minute masterpiece my brother Ray cobbles together from stills and cell phone footage. Images of happy people waving from their dinghies, snorkelers flopping about in the clear water, and the now-long-gone Island Moose at the Last Resort Inn are all segued together with Ray’s brilliant array of Jazz instrumentals. Every once in a while we hook one or two of our carefully chosen quarry, for one must indeed choose carefully when opting for that person who can tolerate us (and we them) in close quarters for a week. The requirements are really pretty simple: temper your

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A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...