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Caribbean Regatta Preview: April to October

Aruba Regatta. Photo: Eric Mijts

Regatta season doesn’t stop when the winter finishes. The spring, summer and fall all feature racing events that offer a mix of competition, camaraderie and celebration.   April 7-12 Oyster Regatta – Antigua 2014: Scheduled to follow the celebrations marking ... Read More »

Sailing with Charlie: Launchings

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Ship/Yacht/Boat launchings are such fun. A launching is the birthing of a yacht that months or years before was a mere concept. After much work, trial and tribulation a vessel is born; it is a time for celebration. In big ... Read More »

Sloop Endeavour Launched on Jost Van Dyke

Several flags are raised on Endeavour II’s mast prior to the ceremony. Photo by Todd VanSickle

Lorraine Callwood walked off the dock in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke with glass shards stuck in the palm of her hand. Moments earlier, she had smashed a bottle of rum — made by her family’s business — over the ... Read More »

2013 Caribbean Lighted Boat Parades & Parties

New Year’s Eve fireworks in Bequia. Photo Courtesy Bequia NYE Celebration Committee

In the Caribbean, Santa is more likely to cruise down the chimney in a dinghy than arrive on a sleigh. The region definitely doesn’t lack for festivities and a true seasonal spirit during the December holidays. Here’s a sampling of ... Read More »

NEWS: Island Water World open new store in French St. Martin

Island Water World store, Marigot. Manager Valerie Leroy (second right), merchandiser Andy Peterson (left), cashier/accountant Fanny Leroy (second left), and responsible for sales and customer service Alex Moore. Photo courtesy of Robert Luckock

Island Water World open new store in French St. Martin Caribbean marine store, Island Water World, has opened a new branch in French St. Martin. Located in the former museum building between the St. Martin Tourism Office and Air Caraibes, ... Read More »

Caribbean Christmas Boat Parades and Parties

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It’s the season to enjoy merry-making. Since the Caribbean region is more sea than land, there are several ways to enjoy nautical-themed holiday celebrations, everything from boat parades to dockyard parties and raft-ups to watch fireworks. CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE The ... Read More »

Batteries Not Required – The Value of the Field Guide

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As a child, a very dog-eared copy of ‘Peterson’s Field Guide to the Atlantic Shore’ kept onboard my parents’ sailboat proved to be a very flexible and consistently-available science teacher to me. Whether fixating on a diagram or reading up ... Read More »

What to Do If you Hook a Seabird While Fishing

Nesting Magnificent Frigatebirds. Photos by Susan Zaluski

On a remote windward shore in the British Virgin Islands, 500-600 pairs of Magnificent Frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) nest together, helping to form the third largest seabird colony in the Caribbean and the only frigatebird colony within two hundred miles. One ... Read More »

The British Virgin Islands: Five Special Places for Snugging Down

Until my last charter here I’d always bypassed Little Harbour on Peter Island. Lots of room, great views, some excellent snorkeling. I won’t make that mistake again. Photo: Sharon Matthews-Stevens

Power boaters, it’s been said, are happy because they are going somewhere special. Sailors are happy because they’re already there. Whatever your perspective, whatever your vessel, one thing’s for sure, when you cruise the British Virgin Islands, it’s when you ... Read More »

HIHO Introduces Painkiller Thriller

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Highland Spring HIHO organizer Andy Morrell stayed busy during this year’s event, which featured windsurfing and stand up paddling races around the BVI. On the first day of the event, which started near Virgin Gorda’s Bitter End, races got under ... Read More »

Jost Van Dyke – Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta

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Times are a changing and only one wooden boat entered this year’s 38th Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta, held May 25th out of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. That was Principito, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Chris Puder’s 37ft ... Read More »

Tradition Lives on With Building of Tortola Boat Endeavour II

Endeavour II currently under construction behind Foxy's Bar and Restaurant

Although many British Virgin Islanders today prefer sleek, racy motorboats, just over a half-century ago, small, locally-constructed sailboats dominated these waters. Visiting yachtsman painted colorful descriptions: boats overloaded with cargo that could include paying passengers, ‘ground provisions’ (starchy root vegetables ... Read More »

Caribbean Regatta Preview – April through August 2012

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The Caribbean’s regatta season shows no signs of slowing come the late spring and summer. You can still find a number of regattas for everything from big boats to dinghies, racers to cruisers, on islands from north to south. The ... Read More »

More Hulls and More Fun at 15th Annual Foxys Cat Fight Regatta

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‘Purrfect' is the only way to describe the sailing at the 15th Annual Foxy's Cat Fight Regatta, held every year on the Saturday coinciding with Halloween; Read More »

Pigs Might Not Fly, But Cows Once Sailed to Jost Van Dyke

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The practice of moving livestock on small boats is nothing new for Jost Van Dyke and was once a usual occurrence in the days before the islands's booming tourism industry... Read More »

Jost Van Dykes Homemade Boating Tradition

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For the first time in about twenty years on Jost Van Dyke, island youth are paddling these small, roughly constructed boats, better known as bateaux, as part of an activity organized by the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society. Read More »

Foxys 14th Annual Catfight Draws Record Entrees

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Catamarans from all around the Virgins converged in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke to slug it out over who would be crowned the Baddest Cat in the islands this season Read More »

Tis the Season

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Christmases past in the United States were always a wild slip-and-slide through endless seasonal tasks, and each year, I secretly wished for a simpler celebration. Read More »

35th Foxys Wooden Boat Regatta is a Winner

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Foxy Callwood of Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, held another stellar event this May to celebrate 35 years of wooden boat racing, Read More »

Tending Tomorrow – Jost Van Dyke’s Preservation Society

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Little do they know that buried behind those hot spots are the remains of a fort, an 18th century farmhouse, an antiquated turtle kraal pen and the r Read More »