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Here’s Hoping Russia Will Allow Cruising Sailors a Chance to Realize Their Sochi Dreams, Too

Photo: Tayana 37 Gyatso offshore on Black Sea. Credit: L. Borre.
The closest we were able to bring Gyatso to Russia was 30 miles offshore. Photo by Lisa Borre.

By Lisa Borre

Watching the Olympics this year, I envy the athletes, but not just for their incredible athletic achievements at the world’s premier international sporting event. My added envy is because they’ve done something else I haven’t. They’re in Sochi, a place my husband David and I were not allowed to visit just a few years ago.

This is a first world problem, I admit. But Russia isn’t a third world country either. And yet that’s what it felt like when we tried to visit Russia’s Black Sea coast aboard our American-flagged sailboat. Continue reading Here’s Hoping Russia Will Allow Cruising Sailors a Chance to Realize Their Sochi Dreams, Too

Countdown to Departure for Seasonal Cruising in the Med

Photo: Tall ships in the Golden Horn of Istanbul. Credit: Lisa Borre.
We’ll stop in Istanbul for two days on our way to Gyatso.

We’re in the final countdown to departure for some seasonal cruising in the Med after nearly 18 months on dry land. We hauled out and stored Gyatso at the end of the 2010 cruising season and returned home to write a cruising guide to the Black Sea. The book is scheduled for release later this month, and we’re now looking forward to our return to Marmaris, Turkey where we will begin this year’s cruise. Continue reading Countdown to Departure for Seasonal Cruising in the Med