Calma - Next stop, the Bahamas with a powercat

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Who: Frank, Marcella and their 3 children
Where: Bahamas
Multihull: Fountaine Pajot MY5 (ex-MY40)
Along with their three kids, Frank and Marcella divide most of their time between Puerto Rico and Miami, but their favorite cruising grounds are around the balmy island-strewn waters of Puerto Rico, with their beaches, snorkeling and marine life. “We go out from Fajardo on the east coast and we sail from there to a number of neighboring islands – Palominos Island and Icacos. Sometimes we take a longer journey to Culebra and Culebrita. We spend a lot of time in those islands.”
They all lie within six miles of the home marina, but further east lies the treasure trove that is the US Virgin Islands. “Every now and then we’ll cross to St Thomas – it feels a bit of a blender sometimes, that journey, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea.”
“The crossing is one-and-a-half hours if the weather conditions are good. Usually, we do get good conditions, but this one time we were expecting 6-8ft of swell only to find 8-12ft. There was about 20 knots of wind, and the kids were there – they didn’t say a word. But they were all excited about it as soon as we reached the harbor - couldn’t wait until they told their friends!”
Now, the catamaran has become a familiar friend for the whole family. “We know every nook and cranny of it,” says Frank. “The kids help out – everybody has a job, we love ...

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