Camping In De Mer, Haiti

Camping In De Mer, Haiti – Motoring out of Cap Hatien, Nord on Route Nationale #1 we made good headway against a continuous stream of old trucks, small trucks, cars of every variety, donkey and human-powered conveyances. The flight into Cap Haitian originated in Port-au-Prince. It was a quick, but blustery ride over wicked-looking Haitian […]

Smoking Dragon Festival

 Smoking Dragon Festival 2015 – Imagine a land of green fields bordered by huge mountains. Imagine these lands to be situated in one of the most naturally striking locations on the planet. And finally imagine that these lands are somewhere in Southern Africa, the birthplace of humanity. This is the venue for the annual Smoking Dragon […]

Johannesburg Walkabout

A Johannesburg Walkabout – There are scads of noteworthy and sometimes dangerous enclaves in the city of Johannesburg that are worth experiencing. After a week on the road, we were ready for some city life and motored towards Gauteng with subdued relish. All images © ocean trader As we approached the mighty city it was […]

Loterie Farm

St. Maarten Map

Loterie Farm Pic Paradis 103, St. Maarten – The Loterie Farm Nature Reserve Sanctuary was an unexpected find on a four day St. Maarten holiday last year. We always head for the highest peaks in sight on an island knock about. St. Maarten is a well loved destination in itself and there is a tendency […]

Notice Of Race Cuba 2015

Notice Of Yacht Race Cuba 2015

Notice Of Race Cuba 2015 – The Pensacola Yacht Club has just issued a preliminary notice of an offshore sailing rally and race to Cuba. The proposed routing will include a Pensacola, Florida staggered start for the various participating classes, and a finishing point of Havana, Cuba. Not surprisingly the Hemingway International Marina is the […]

Zimbabwe – Overland Travel

Zimbabwe overland  travel offers an endless capacity for exploration even with the occasional detour, or missed waypoints. Detours and minor paths can turn into destinations with Zen qualities. Being from the Caribbean infused my perceptions of Africa in surprising ways. For example, watching Europeans and American travelers on holiday in Africa never failed to amuse […]

The Yachters

These last few months we managed to keep up with the yachters racing in St. Martin and St. Barts. We also managed two trips to Santa Cruz. These destinations make up the Ocean Trader Triangle, I guess. Heading out from St. Martin my pilot friend Tebo (name altered for the sake of anonymity) organized a […]

Virgin Islands Small Boat Cruising

Small boat Caribbean cruising

Virgin Islands small boat cruising has many rewards. I was skeptical when Jimmy asked me to help him launch his recently acquired sailboat. In my mind his invitation was a carefully worded plea for help. I will never know what spirit possessed this man to buy a sailboat. I have known Jimmy since school days […]

Haitian Chicken And Dumplings

Haitian Cooking

Every culture has an evolved recipe, and ritual preparation for chicken and dumplings. In Haiti there are many ways to prepare chicken, and each family will have their own preferred recipe that is usually passed down through the Ladies of the clan. The feature photo shows an enticing bowl of chicken and dumplings that should […]

Volvo MD2030 Heat Exchanger Cleaning

MD2030 www.oceantrader

The Volvo MD2030 Heat Exchanger tube bundle requires periodic cleaning.  This is a relatively simple task, and if done on a regular basis your cooling and exhaust systems will be rejoice! Don’t wait until you are twenty miles offshore in a dark and stormy trying to claw-back to safety to admit you should put better […]

Spanish Virgin Islands Debunked

If your charter company promises sailing adventures and cerulean seascapes in the Spanish Virgin Islands that will likely be their first lie to you. There is no such place as the Spanish Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, and you will not find it on your nautical chart. The promotion of this new virgin archipelago is […]

Dominica Travel

Hibiscus, Artist Unknown

Travel to Dominica will appeal to the traveler who is not inclined to spend the majority of his or her vacation reclined on the beach, or taking a bus tour. The many rivers and mountainous landscapes of Dominica are disproportionately featured in travel literature about this very special Caribbean destination, and there are other attributes […]

Nkosi In London

As Nkosi would tell it, London is a city he passed through many times as a child on his way to other places with his family. This particular adventure to London was his first as an independent spirit, as it were. He was in London to hook-up with his sister Jaidine and other favorite relatives […]

Coastal Cruising Island Style

Caribbean Sailin, Ocean Trader 72

Radar Love is is a story about night sailing and being in a rush to arrive. The sailors are local salts, and the boat is a C&C 36. If you think you might enjoy a quick read sea story click here.

SCA Does It Again!

13MAR15 – Team SCA does it again! Team SCA can now claim to be the only multiple in-port winners in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race after sailing a strong finish in this latest in-port race in Auckland, New Zealand. The all woman crew sailed their Volvo 65 aggressively right down to the finish. Team Brunel […]

St. Maarten Departure

After several days of non-stop Heineken Regatta activity, our St. Maarten departure was imminent. With two days to burn it was time to breakaway from the crowds and just sit on the beach, or whatever. Orient Beach remains my favorite SXM beach spot. It is sometimes confusing to hear the locals refer to the Dutch […]