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Sailing the Caribbean in the Wake of Christopher Columbus

Updated: Sep 13, 2018

Published in Sail Magazine June 2016.

My good friend Tim Ainley asked me to take our 43ft catamaran, Destiny II, on a two-week expedition through the Bahamas from Grand Turk Island to Ragged Island. His plan was to retrace the first landfall made by Christopher Columbus on Grand Turk, according to Josiah Marvel, a historian of the Turks and Caicos islands. Marvel, who started his research in the mid-1980s, is convinced that Grand Turk is where Columbus first touched ground in the “New World” in the fall of 1492. The purpose of this expedition was to retrace Marvel’s purported route on a sailing vessel to confirm distances, courses and descriptions of the various islands as recorded by the famed admiral in The Diario of Christopher Columbus.

Read the full article here.

Cataman on the ocean with double rainbow.
SV/Destiny II. Photo: JON NICKSON/

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