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New Free Caribbean Cruising Guide - A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South

By Sue Richards last modified Jul 23, 2011 09:00 AM

Published: 2011-07-23 09:00:17
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A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: June 2011
Available at:

Frank Virgintino, author of numerous Free Cruising Guides for the Caribbean, has been working on “A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South” for almost a year. Roughly 200 pages long, the Guide addresses everything North American sailors need to know to get to the Caribbean safely through a discussion of various routes from North America to the Caribbean as well as a discussion of the entire Caribbean - which the author breaks down into four quadrants.

The author hopes that the Guide will allow for a clearer understanding of the entire Caribbean as well as the various routes that can be employed. Additionally, that cruising the Caribbean in "Quadrants" will make the entire journey easier to understand.

For every sailor that has ever dreamed of cruising to the Caribbean and in the Caribbean, this book is a comprehensive and in depth review of all aspects. Not only does it cover routes to the Caribbean from N. America and cruising routes around the Caribbean, it also looks at all aspects of preparation, weather and Gulf Stream information, safety and security and local knowledge and advice imparted by someone who has cruised the Caribbean extensively for many years.

This is a worthy read and useful reference for all Caribbean cruisers, not just those hailing from N America. A welcome update to “A Gentlemans’ Guide to Passages South”, by Bruce Van Sant.

The book is now available FREE at: and very shortly it will also be released as a Kindle Book on as well as in EPUB version at the site.

The first week of August, the book will have its own site at which will be able to be sourced directly or through the freecruisingguide site. The purpose of this new site will be to allow for commentaries and suggestions on the book, as well as a forum for cruisers to relay their experience when they came south as well as their cruise through the Caribbean. Various authors with pertinent material will also be invited to write for the site.

Frank Virgintino is a native New Yorker. His sailing background of over forty years covers the Canadian Maritimes, all of the eastern seaboard of the United States and the entire Caribbean, many times over. Aside from cruising he has spent the better part of his career building and administering marinas.