Life aboard a 40-foot sailboat!

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The Story of Akela

This blog tells the story of life aboard the sailboat Akela with my family and friends, exploring the world and discovering ourselves along the way.  Most of the entries were made during our 2018-2020 Pacific Adventure. Use the tab at the top “Pacific Adventure” to follow the story. — Jim Burge        …

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Sail Croatia!

Well, we spent two wonderful weeks exploring the islands off Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. We were immersed in a world of natural beauty, cultural antiquities, culinary delights, and genuine friendship. We got our fix for exploring at sea — going to 7 different islands, sailing in rough water, and anchoring in secluded coves. We even fixed … Continue reading Sail Croatia!


Written by Matt Rademacher The southern cliffs of Vis are visually different from the forest covered islands we have previously visited. Steep cliffs with open sea caverns at their base. Not many trees just ground hugging bushes. One limestone cliff is so symmetrically shaped it appears human carved. Jim wonders if it was an ancient … Continue reading Vis


Written by Matt Rademacher Jim is excited. The winds have picked up. Now he can make Vana do what she was built for. Diana has made dinner reservations  at an up scale fancy restaurant on the Island of Vis. We are going there. The west end of Korcula Island is barely visible on the distant … Continue reading Lastovo