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Green Island, Antigua. Courtesy of Nonsuch Bay Resort, Antigua

Ten Caribbean Islands You Can Only Reach By Boat

You can’t reach these islands by planes, trains or automobiles. It takes a boat, private or public, sail or power, to get you to these delightful off-the-beaten track destinations.   Green Island, Antigua This private island, owned by the Mill …

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Team Mexico (from left) Ryan Helm, Bicho and Shelby Taylor. Photo by Magi Foster

Team Mexico Dominates 2015 Painkiller Cup

A team of Mexican paddlers won the 2015 Painkiller Cup race in the British Virgin Islands. Team Stand Up Mexico, featuring Javier ‘Bicho’ Jiminez, Ryan Helm and Shelby Taylor dominated the 14-mile downwind course to win in a time of 02:48:30.They …

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Sloop Sea Moon with instructor and crew. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Brooks

Racing Like It’s 1915 at the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

The waters around the British Virgin Islands have virtually stayed the same over the last century. Yet the sailboat racing has changed dramatically. The early 20th century saw skippers of hand-built wooden Tortola sloops race their goods to market, whereas …

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Saint Kitts and Nevis Christmas Carnival

Caribbean Holiday Parades, Parties and Parang

The spirit of the Christmas season is something special throughout the Caribbean. What’s more, many island festivities – parades, parties and parang (music), for example – are ether nautical in nature and close enough that you can reach them or …

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Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost van Dyke

The Best of … Five Top Beach Bars in the British Virgin Islands

The qualifications necessary to make this distinguished list were: A full-service bar with an impressive selection of tropical cocktails; a beautiful beach; a good menu; Wi-Fi; entertainment (some days) and an all-round great ambience.   The Soggy Dollar Bar This …

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The Jost Van Dyke built sloop Endeavor II, with Foxy Callwood onboard, takes on the fleet. Photo courtesy of Geoff Brooks

Foxy’s Fortieth Anniversary Wooden Boat Regatta

Sailors aboard old-time ‘woodies’ and newer ‘classic plastics’ came together to celebrate Foxy’s 40th Wooden Boat Regatta held on the British Virgin Island of Jost Van Dyke over the weekend of May 24th – 26th. The theme of this ruby …

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Aruba Regatta. Photo: Eric Mijts

Caribbean Regatta Preview: April to October

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 …

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Graphics by Hannah Welch

Sailing with Charlie: Launchings

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 …

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

Sloop Endeavour Launched on Jost Van Dyke

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 …

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

2013 Caribbean Lighted Boat Parades & Parties

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 …

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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

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

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, …

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Caribbean Christmas Boat Parades and Parties

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 …

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Batteries Not Required – The Value of the Field Guide

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 …

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Nesting Magnificent Frigatebirds. Photos by Susan Zaluski

What to Do If you Hook a Seabird While Fishing

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 …

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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 www.sherryspix.com

The British Virgin Islands: Five Special Places for Snugging Down

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 …

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HIHO Introduces Painkiller Thriller

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 …

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Jost Van Dyke – Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta

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 …

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

Tradition Lives on With Building of Tortola Boat Endeavour II

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 …

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Caribbean Regatta Preview – April through August 2012

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 …

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

‘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;

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