Members' Online Book: Living The Dream, Chapter 5 of 10

Far From The Maddening Crowd*

Cow on the beach

Cattle share the beaches with sunbathers in the best places

There’s no doubt that there’s a lot to recommend the Caribbean as a sailing destination—sun, predictable weather, lovely anchorages and rum being just a few of the more obvious ones.

But of course, that all comes at a price if you like peace and solitude. Having spent much of our sailing life in remote places, it has been something of a culture shock for Louise and I to spend a whole season in a place where there’s just so much busyness. From the radio nets in the mornings, to the keep fit classes and the organized activities, it’s all go. Not that I am knocking it—it’s just that it’s all rather alien to us, and we’ve simply never known anything like it.

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Colin Speedie

Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.