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An American boat in the Med

Blog Started: 2014 - Still cruising: November 2018
Syd Stapleton and Birgit Petersen bought their 1990-launched Cape George 36 in 2010, and spent four years (and plenty of treasure) preparing for extended cruising and passages at sea. Syd has a 200 ton Master’s License for power and sail, and Syd and Birgit have many decades of boat ownership and sailing experience. They left Seattle in September of 2014, sailed down the Pacific Coast of North America, through the Panama Canal, to Cuba, Florida and across the Atlantic. Their goal was to spend time in the Mediterranean, and since passing through the Straits of Gibraltar in July of 2015 they have cruised in Spain, Italy and Greece (with a short sojourn in Albania). They winter in Licata, Sicily, and as of this moment they have no plans other than to continue living in the Med. The future may, at some point, include a return sail to Seattle.
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A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
Two weeks of pre-departure activities in Las Palmas
Welcomed in Saint Lucia with a rum punch and a chilled beer
Fantastic achievement - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat