One of the real joys of sailing is taking your experience and skills and employing them in a new, foreign and exotic place. In February, 10 boat loads of OCSC sailors flew to Phuket, Thailand, to do just that. The…
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Hmm, Turquoise waters, porpoises, flying fish, barracudas, green vervet monkeys, whales…. These are the images I’m holding close to my heart as I sit in reverie about our 2013 OCSC Leeward Islands flotilla. In addition to seeing great wildlife, we sailed, we toured, we ate and we drank and we had a spectacular time! Six boat of OCSC members, family and friends spent 10 days cruising various islands, including St. Martin, Sint Maarten, St Barth’s, St Kitts, Nevis, St Eustatia, Saba and Anguilla.
Our experiences ranged from window shopping Cartier in St Barth’s to screaming along in the trades winds at 8-9 knots with 82 degree water spraying up around our bows. We toured an 18th century fort and a resort made from an old sugar plantation on St Kitts, walked through small Caribbean towns like Charlestown in Nevis and drank at Le Select, St Barth’s, where Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was inspired.
Our first few days were more calm than the expected 15-20 knots of easterly trades that are normal in March. However, that made for quieter anchorages and easier anchoring. Because of a strong storm that moved through the Southern US, we had northerly swells, sometimes as large as 11 feet on our passages between islands. These were awesome swells to ride as they were really long period (gradual) and made for a comfortable but exciting ride.
March 23 – April 1, 2013
Arlene Same, President & Founder One Heart World-Wide
Marsilio Gabuardi (Mexico Program Administrator)
Travel to the Copper Canyon during Easter and experience the celebrations to welcome a new agricultural season hosted by the Tarahumara indigenous people. Here you will be able to see one of the most important celebrations of each year, during which the Tarahumara paint themselves in white, in representation of the Pharisees. These dances symbolize the struggles that the indigenous people faced during the arrival of conquistadors and the syncretism of their religious beliefs and the Christian beliefs of the Spaniards.
The Copper Canyon (Barranca Del Cobre) is one of several canyons in the Sierra Madre. It is 1,500 feet deeper and five times the area of the Grand Canyon. It is a beautiful terrain with incredible vistas and untouched rural beauty. It is an extremely remote area with very few paved roads.
The Tarahumaras (or Rarámuri as they call themselves) are renowned for their long-distance running ability, and live in the most remote, rural areas of the Canyon. Most of them have very limited access to healthcare and as a result, many mothers deliver at home without a skilled birth attendant. Since 2009, One Heart World-Wide has been working with the local Tarahumara communities to improve access to care for pregnant women and to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the Copper Canyon.
One Heart World-Wide works with the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon to reduce the typically high rates maternal and neonatal mortality. This is a once in a lifetime experience where you will discover a fascinating culture and understand the amazing challenges that the Tarahumara face on a daily basis. You will also be able to meet our local team and see firsthand how One Heart World-Wide works with the local communities to help the mothers and infants in need. You will have the opportunity to visit Urique and meet some of the community members and local OHW volunteers.
OHW is a 501©3 organization committed to saving the lives of mothers and infants in some of the most remote areas of the world. Current program sites are located in Mexico and Nepal.
Call Marsilio Gabuardi
Office: 415 379 4762
Cell: 510 816 3692
The Greek Isles are one of the most popular chartering destinations in the world and OCSC has brought flotillas to the islands over 10 times. In September of 2011, seven boats filled with OCSC staff, members and friends cast off…
Its dramatic coastline of sharp ravines and plunging, cave-ridden cliffs contrasted with the many picturesque anchorages, turquoise seas and vibrant oasis towns set against the towering Taurus Mountains hold endless appeal. Not only an idyllic cruising region that now boasts…
The 2011 Belize Flotilla was a great success. Five boats containing an assortment of OCSC Instructors, Members, and Guests left from Placentia, Belize and explored the southern end of the second longest barrier reef in the world. As in past…
12 Boats and over 90 OCSC Members and friends have returned from 2 weeks of sailing the beautiful Turquoise Coast. The sailing, people and food were as good as advertised, quite possibly better. The trip was led by Anthony Sandberg, OCSC Founder and President, marking his 56th international sailing trip. With all those trips all over the World, Anthony assured us that Turkey was by far his favorite. After spending 2 weeks there, it’s not difficult to see why. Here’s a photo essay of some of the highlights!
Who says you need to travel to a far off foreign land to experience adventure? OCSC’s Local Flotillas to Benicia and Petaluma were a hit this year. The Local Flotillas are a great weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and are a great way to practice sailing to and arriving into unfamiliar marinas, which is a very transferable skill to more exotic sailing adventures.
What an amazing adventure! 10 days of relaxation and great sailing. The 2010 OCSC BVI Flotilla, being my first, definitely lived up to expectations. We had consistent breezes of up to 25 knots with smooth seas that allowed us to sail from one island to the next in no time at all. My favorite being the 8.5 knot cruising speed on a beam reach from Anegada to beautiful Bitter End. Besides all of the great sailing there was plenty of swimming, snorkeling, and of course dancing. Every anchorage seemed better than the previous one. Lots of time was spent relaxing on the beach soaking up sunshine and sipping BVI’s famous “Painkiller’s”. We all ate like kings enjoying fresh seafood in oceanfront restaurants and on the boat. But I would have to the say the best part was getting to know my crew and the other members of the flotilla, sharing stories, and making new friends.