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Mother get the Kodak and make a picture.
Ya'll gonna force Bob to scrap dial-up.

Oh yeah, I forgot, whale shark off Taboga, RdeP ... BIG!

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Sofar, I'd have to say Hong Kong--just don't get in the water. That open market there is really something else. Never seen so much fresh fish, or other creatures for that matter. Gonna have to break out the pictures and the scanner now, I guess.
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Since I've only sailed once, it would have to be our charter in Cancun! We've taken several fishing charters out in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's not the same as sailing.
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Besides my own local waters (San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands), my two favorite places I've sailed so far have been the Va'vau Group in Tonga, and the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin on Lake Superior.

Tonga was pure magic: Very remote, beautifully pristine, and pretty good sailing conditions. The Tongans are very friendly people, too. Other than the incredibly gorgeous islands and quiet anchorages, the coolest thing was meeting Webb Chiles and the Hawk of Tuonela one evening at anchor. I want to go back during the season when the Humpbacks are there.

The Apostle Islands, though only four or so hours away from Minneapolis-St. Paul, also seemed remote, pristine, and had great sailing conditions. I'll be up there again in June sailing from Bayfield, WI to Isle Royale (with the 2nd Annual Lats & Atts Cruiser's Party part of the festivities). We'll be on a Pacific Seacraft 34 from Superior Charters. Definitely looking forward to it!


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The most memorable longish sail I've done was across the top of Australia. It was my first offshore cruise and was the point at which I knew that it was the life I wanted to lead.

My favourite average sail is heading due east out of Sydney Harbour on the night of the full moon. Time it right so we are headed straight at the horizon as the moon rises. On with the auto pilot and sit at the bow. Good boat, good beer, good woman. Hard to beat.

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To cruise from Fuentarribia (sp?) on Spain's Basque Coast to La Caruna then down along the Portuguese Coast to the Med and across to the Balearic Islands. Menorca is a lovely place with a superb harbour and many small anchorages but my favourite is Formentera and Espalmador. I'll take GUI's word for the best places to see in Portugal.

Down here I want to go further afield on the North West Coast of Oz and spend a long slow cruise around Tasmania.

Into the Pacific my ideal is to sail through the Louisiades and on to the Solomons.

In America the big wish is the Juneau Passage.

Then there is Scotland and Ireland.

Whoops, nearly forgot New Zealand.

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my favorites...

1. Sailing "through" Guadeloupe in the Cariibbean. Actually motoring is more accurate. Guadeloupe looks like a butterfly. There is a 2.8mile mangrove river that runs through the body of the butterfly. You have to get up early after mooring at one end and await the daily opening of the draw bridges at around 5am. Other than the mosquitoes, it is a great experience.

2. Anchoring offshore of a beach in Tobago and going ashore to watch the huge leather back turtles come out of the water, slowly crawl up the beach, and start digging a hole to lay there 100 or so eggs, bury them and then return to the sea. The whole process took hours and was amazing to see.

3. Waking up in the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior and going for a kayak in the fog on a calm morning. It is incredible to see Lake Superior so calm and peaceful as the sun rises over the deeply wooded islands.
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Never Been.....Want to Though.

I have dreams of a view from above and behind our boat, pulling into Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva after a long ride across the pacific. I do hear that you should check in first in Hiva Oa because the French are a little crazy about customs. One day.
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Lake Garda Italy




Winds really kick up in the afternoon. Great food, people, scenery, and sailing. Spent our honeymoon there in 2004.

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That's gorgeous. Makes me wanna go launch the boat.
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Damn, that looks like a big lake... how big are those teeny sailboats in the photo??

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