Thursday, November 11, 2021

Cruise Antarctica, Christmas Boat Parades, New Shipwreck Sanctuary, Floating Restrooms, More

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    After a two-year pause the MS Roald Amundsen is again cruising Antarctica. For many cruisers, this is another bucket list adventure to put on your list. Contact





NOAA has named a section of the Wisconsin coast of Lake Michigan as a National Marine Sanctuary. At least 21 of its known shipwrecks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it's believed that a probable 60 wrecks or more are yet discovered.  Qualified divers can connect with a dive package at (www.) 


    Grant applications are now being taken in California for another $1.08 million in solar-powered  floating restrooms on the state’s inland lakes and reservoirs.  More than 260 such conveniences already are in place, each with a 500 gallon capacity. This is a plus for small boat owners who have no restrooms on board. 

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Did you know? Each book in the Yacht Yenta series reveals some of Farley's favorite galley recipes.   

Newest in the Yacht Yenta ebook "cozy" mystery series is June Jeopardy. Salty widow Farley returns to the helm for one, magical night while she looks for the hidden secret on board that brought one of her neighbors to a painful death. Laugh and cry with this 50-something, spunky, salt-cured widow in Book 6 of the series. For Kindle, Nook, Google Play et al.



Always a free show and now 50 years old, the dazzling San Diego Bay Parade of Lights returns on December 12 and 19, with over 80 lavishly decorated boats in the spirit of this year’s theme,  “The 12 Days of Christmas.” The parade will proceed from Shelter Island to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving thousands of spectators more places to view the lavishly decorated and brightly lit boats. 

 MORE CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADES (to add to this list hit comment) Places and dates are tentative. Check with local tourism websites.)

December 4, Daytona Beach, also Ponte Vedra Beach and Bradenton, Florida; Port Aransas, Texas;  and Lake Havasu City, Arizona ; Richmond Hill and Cartersville, Georgia

December 5, Hilton Head, South Carolina

December 11, New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Glasgow,  Kansas City Airport Waterfront and Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; St. Michaels, Maryland

December 11 and 12, St. Augustine, Florida

December 15-19, Newport Beach, California

December 18, Palm Coast, Florida 

Get the free online December issue of Latitudes and Attitudes, the maverick magazine for serious sailboat cruisers, at  You’ll want to subscribe to the print issue, which also makes a great Christmas gift for current and wannabe cruiser



 In beautiful Annapolis, the 2022 Sailboat Show is set to take place October 13 - 17, 2022 following the United States Powerboat Show, which is set for October 6 - 9, 2022. Mark your calendar. For more information on the shows, see

    This from  NOAA currently maintains 200 live, observational tide stations that are highly sophisticated, but costly. NOAA’s budget can’t provide such stations in every location, so tide predictions for most towns are algorithmically derived (e.g., not based on actual observations). This gap in coverage makes it impossible for local communities to fully understand—and plan effectively for—changes in storm surge trends and sea-level rise.
US Harbors, a national company based in Rockland, Maine, has a new, six-month  pilot program at  Penobscot Bay. Stations are in Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Rockland, and Tenants Harbor/Saint George. Each will have access to hyper-local tidal data as well as a flood alert service. The program will determine affordable solutions for long-term monitoring of sea-levels for small municipalities.


CRUISES COME TO AFRICA. Alaska, Antarctica
    Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises now include two new itineraries in Africa. Visit Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands. One of the world’s most untouched destinations, the Bissagos Islands will offer a combination of distinctive wildlife including hippos, dolphins, crocodiles, sea turtles, manatees, and 500 species of birds. Guests are encouraged to join Citizen Science projects along the way. Go to, your travel agent or ( 866) 552-0371. The company has also published its 2023-2034 schedule for worldwide cruises. Lock in your dates and earlybird discounts.

Author Farley Halladay was a charterboat book and shares her recipes throughout the Yacht Yenta series of e-book cozy mysteries.

Farley Halladay’s
Galley Recipe


Make this easy one-dish main dish or side dish with canned artichoke hearts. 


1 or 2 cans artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and cut in half

4 to 6 potatoes, scrubbed or peeled and sliced

Water or chicken or vegetable broth

Salt, white pepper, pinch of nutmeg

2 1/2 cups cream

About 2/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

    Put artichoke hearts and potatoes in layers in a skillet and add just enough water or broth to keep it from burning. Cover, bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender. Mix salt, pepper and nutmeg and sprinkle over skillet. Add cream and top with cheese. Cover and cook over low heat until heated through and cheese is melted. Makes 4 portions as a main dish, 6 as a side dish. 

Cook's note: To brown top, use a kitchen torch or place under a broiler until toasty.