Frank Virgintino, author of a series of cruising guides for sailing various Caribbean islands and numerous articles for Caribbean sailing magazines such as All at Sea and Caribbean Compass will be the guest speaker at the 36th annual Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Gam [gam: a social visit or friendly interchange, especially between sailors or seafarers]. This event will take place on November 11-13, 2011, at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, Florida. Virgintino the author of The Thinking Man’s Guide to Voyages South–The Many Facets of Caribbean Cruising (2011).
Virgintino will address cruising the million square mile Caribbean by section, or quadrant, and how this approach can result in a successful cruise of the entire Caribbean. The quadrant cruising strategy is covered in detail, along with how best to enter the Caribbean from the east coast of the US and preparation of both boat and crew, in Virgintino’s latest book, The Thinking Man’s Guide to Voyages South – The Many Facets of Caribbean Cruising.
Virgintino will also lead the Sunday roundtable featuring the Dominican Republic, whose waters he has cruised frequently. His cruising guide for the Dominican Republic was first released in 2008. The most recent (2011) revision is available, as are cruising guides to the Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad, in Kindle format at Amazon and as a free PDF at freecruisingguides.com.
SSCA CS Coordinator Joan Conover (SV Growltiger) commented, “Your emphasis on paths to the tropics—very timely. Since Jan 2010, we have assisted many boats going to and from Haiti with relief aid. Your guides have been lifesavers. Using the Dominican Republic guild, and now the newer guilds for Haiti and Jamacia [sic], boats successfully transited the Windward Passage without issues.”
A native New Yorker based on City Island NY, Virgintino’s forty plus years of sailing have included the Canadian Maritimes, the whole eastern seaboard of the United States and the entire Caribbean. Aside from cruising he has spent the better part of his career building and administering marinas. He has personally researched all of the harbors and anchorages in his cruising guides in order to make the islands nautically easier to access and culturally understand, making the cruising experience memorable for all.
The Seven Seas Cruising Association is the oldest and largest worldwide organization supporting the live aboard cruising lifestyle. Founded in 1952, the SSCA’s original mission continues today. It is dedicated to sharing cruising information, fostering camaraderie, and leaving a clean wake.
For further information about the Seven Seas Cruising Association and the Melbourne (FL) Gam, see http://ssca.org/cgi-bin/pagegen.pl?pg=home&title=Home
To access “A Thinking Man’s Guide to Voyages South” as well as the free cruising guides, visit FreeCruisingGuides.com or http://www.e-bookstore.co/A-Thinking-Mans-Guide-To-Voyages-South-The-Many-Facets-of-Caribbean-Cruising/Frank-Virgintino/B005DAX2SO/159945011
For more on Frank Virgintino, see http://www.allatsea.net/article/June_2010/Profile_of_Frank_Virgintino_Cruising_Ambassador_of_DR