Sailing Adventures and Anchorages of the Caribbean

Tobago Cays in Google EarthLast summer I spent some time documenting in Google Earth the sailing adventures of my family on our catamaran PatiCat from 2001 through 2003. Check out this new version of the collection of anchorages and passages from Cape Town, the Caribbean, the US East Coast, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. Make sure you click on the anchorage placemarks. Google recently updated many of the tropical islands with high resolution satellite photos, and in many cases you can see the glorious beaches, coral, and boats at anchor. Many of the placemarks include a photo from that location, and links to the web site which documented the visit to that location with many more photos. The passages are marked with different colors indicating a particular passage between locations.
I first released this collection last fall, but with the new high resolution photos of the areas, and the addition of photos to the placemarks, it seemed like a good time to republish the collection. Hopefully some of you sailors out there will especially enjoy it. The screenshot is of one of my favorite anchorages: Tobago Cays, in the Grenadines. Here is the original post on Google Earth Blog which provides more details on how the GE file was created.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Lynn Madison says:

    Thank you so much for the information. Google Earth is a great asset for planning our sailing vacation/yacht charter. There are so many wonderful places to explore in the Caribbean. The new satellite photos were awesome to really see the areas and give us some ideas of the areas we want to explore in the Caribbean. Since you are so experienced with sailing, perhaps you could advise? We just found this site: We have used bareboats in the BVI—how easy is it to sail in the Grenadines? If we are relatively novice sailors, would we be better off chartering a crewed yacht this time? Thanks for your imput and keep up the work with the helpful info to the passages and anchorages. We love it!

  2. Lol you took your kids sailing in the Caribbean? Doesn’t that make you mentally unstable? You put your kids in danger? Seriously, I’m just kidding and at the same time bringing up the fact that a few have been in “trouble” for allowing their kids to go sailing with them on a boat. I think it’s great that you got to show them what it’s like to sail. Exploring your planet should be an adventure not a chore. Congrats on your boat, I for one admire people who want to get to know their planet.

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