Liesbet Collaert

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15th March 2010

Liesbet Collaert, a former school teacher from Belgium, has been an avid traveler since she was a teenager. Growing older only made this addiction worse, resulting in a gypsy life for almost 7 years now. She backpacked South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia, lived in an RV (Recreational Vehicle) for 2,5 years exploring North and Central America and ended up in a 35 foot catamaran sailing the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean. She shares, maintains, cruises and fixes her floating home Irie with partner Mark and dog Darwin. Follow her adventures on www.itsirie.com.

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Liesbet Collaert's activity

  1. March 2011
  2. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Taking Sunday Off

    When Mark and I first started sailing and cruising every day was alike..."

  3. February 2011
  4. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post St. Martin: Home away from Home?

    Barbuda was our last real stop before arriving in St. Martin, on February 3rd"

  5. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post French Clash

    “I can’t believe this. He is not making any moves to avoid us!”"

  6. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post On the Way to St. Martin: Antigua and Barbuda

    After our unfriendly episode in Jolly Harbour, checking into Antigua in its capital St. John’s was a more pleasant, albeit slow and slightly inconvenient matter"

  7. January 2011
  8. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Marie- Galante and Onwards

    "Marie-Galante was a nice and refreshing stop on our way north. After giving it a pass a couple of times before, the weather approved our stay this time."

  9. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Bequia over Christmas and New Year

    To be back in the water after three months in different houses on land and over a week in a dirty, wet and hot boat yard, felt wonderful."

  10. October 2010
  11. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Revisiting Routines and Problem Pillows

    We are bed surfing!"

  12. September 2010
  13. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post The Caribbean De-caribbeanized

    Spring 2010 was mostly spent in St. Martin/St. Maarten by Irie and its crew."

  14. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Touring Grenada with Doc

    “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” Rosie wisely stated during one of our Happy Hour conversations in De Big Fish bar."

  15. August 2010
  16. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Cultural Experiences in Grenada

    This year, the Carriacou Regatta took place over the last weekend of July into the beginning of August"

  17. July 2010
  18. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Spending Some Time in The Southern Grenadines

    In the more remote Grenadines it is a little hard to find decent wireless internet."

  19. Liesbet Collaert reviewed Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    One of the highlights – if not the biggest one – in The Caribbean is SVG or St. Vincent and The Grenadines. This is how the country is officially called, but most sailors skip the first part of the name (for safety reasons) and only care …"

  20. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Destination Grenadines

    One of the highlights – if not the biggest one – in The Caribbean is SVG or St. Vincent and The Grenadines."

  21. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post A Day of Exploring in Dominica

    A previous attempt to see the country by car that resulted in a day of mostly driving, had taught us to focus on the important sights first."

  22. June 2010
  23. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post A Challenging Start Going South

    Two and a half years. That’s how long it took me to finally realize (and admit to) the fact that cruising totally depends on the weather"

  24. May 2010
  25. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Liesbet ‘s SabAdventure

    Last year Irie spent five months in St. Martin"

  26. April 2010
  27. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Speedy Haul-out or “on Vacation” in Philipsburg?

    Irie had a little problem with one of her engines. Actually, Irie has a few problems with her engines, but this one became a bit more worrisome when the blue turned black saildrive oil also rose in level. This indicated one thing: salt water was coming in"

  28. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Grenada with Visitors

    Mark and I have been very busy lately and the arrival of visitors would mean we HAD to relax and do some fun stuff, at least while they were in Grenada."

  29. March 2010
  30. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Northbound Again

    When Mark, Darwin and I left the Tobago Cays, we wanted to make a quick stopover in St. Vincent before spending some time in the next island, St. Lucia."

  31. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Northbound: Martinique

    On our way south to Grenada, Mark and I only spent about a week in Martinique, stopping in the capital Fort-de-France and its surroundings and in Grand Anse d’Artlet, not being impressed with the country."

  32. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Northbound: Guadeloupe

    Point à Pitre is Guadeloupe’s biggest city. It is located on the southern edge of the thinnest part of the country and has a big harbor with a few anchorages."

  33. Liesbet Collaert wrote a blog post Barbuda: A Peaceful Place in the Caribbean

    When Mark and I left Guadeloupe northbound, we had two options: go “through the middle” with a visit to Montserrat and a short stop in St. Kitts and Nevis, or sail to Antigua and Barbuda for a few weeks."