An Open Night
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January 17, 2019 An Open Night - All are Welcome
Karen Heath Clark
Sailing The Mediterranean
Referred by David Hayen, Esq.
Karen Heath Clark is the author of “Mediterranean Summers: How a Man, a Woman and a Dog Spent Eight Summers Exploring the Ancient Sea.”
When she retired in 2003 from practicing law, her second life began. On a trip driving aimlessly through Turkey in 1997 – their typical unplanned travel style – she and her husband chartered a Turkish gullet for one night when local hotels looked unappealing.
One memorable night on the rocking wooden boat (similar to a Chinese junk), changed their lives. They became determined to spend a year, maybe more, on their own boat – chartered or bought in the Mediterranean. Fiercely independent travelers, they set about researching their future adventure and soon realized they would have to learn through hit-or-miss experience.
The boat they purchased, a 39 foot trawler named the Avanti, is shown below.
Avanti at anchor off Formentera, Spain.
Their adventures on the Avanti, morphed into eight years.
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Turkey and North Cyprus, they faced potential disaster every day. It was not an undertaking for the faint of heart. Ms. Clark experienced the traumas of unexpectedly rough seas and the frustrating experiences of recurring problems of breaking boat parts (especially toilets). However, their sailing adventure, while full of risk and potential disaster, proved to be the best years of their lives.
Entry to the Port of Marseilles
The lovely old city of Antibes with 16th century ramparts and 12th century castle.
Her book chronicles an adventure both comfortable and reasonably priced, with days or weeks spent idling in colorful ports, exploring ancient towns and outdoor markets and eating at port-side restaurants.
Ms. Clark gives practical advice for boaters who yearn for adventure and comfort without going broke. She includes a chapter on costs and explains how this idyllic life is within the reach of many budgets – one needs only an adventurous soul and some practical know-how.
When approached from the sea, the most memorable towns are often ones you’ve never heard of. The town of Imperia, Italy, where they were forced to anchor due to high winds, turned out to be a favorite.
Ms. Clark will also discuss the best (and worst) countries for boating, the most colorful ports to visit, and where the winds and seas are most friendly.
She will also provide details on how to plan a similar trip, including advice on buying a boat in Europe, dealing with sticky issues that must be resolved before leaving, the unanticipated surprises that will hit you, and what to expect as a day-to-day routine.