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Marina Developments in Coral Bay, St. John: Artist’s impression of the Yacht Club at Summer’s End. Graphics courtesy of The Summer’s End Group, LLC

Marina Developments in Coral Bay, St. John

St. John, the 19-square-mile U.S. Virgin Island located east of St. Thomas and southwest of Tortola, BVI, is the only major Virgin Island, U.S. or British, without a marina. Now, there are two marina projects currently proposed. Proponents say a …

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St. Croix's Tim Pitts, center, with other VX One racers at STIR Press Party. STIR welcomes its first VX One Class this year. Credit: Dean Barnes

Round the Rocks Race Provides Great Tune-Up for St. Thomas International Regatta

A fleet of nearly a dozen yachts sets sail in the first-ever Round the Rocks Race on Thursday, March 24. This 21-mile counter clockwise circumnavigation of the beautiful island of St. John will give racers a good chance to tune-up …

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Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta, St. Joh, USVI

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta

Saying there’s something for everyone is definitely not an overstatement at the Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta. In fact, the fleet competing in this 34th annual event held November 27th to 28th on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John, ranged …

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Sweet Ting, winner of the 35ft and under class

Ferry Sails to Budget Marine Commodore’s Cup Win

Dylan Ferry’s laser sailing skills paid off in May, as the sailor beat James Austin in the final race to win the 2015 Budget Marine Commodore’s Cup in Coral Bay, St. John. The annual regatta is hosted at Skinny Legs …

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Photo by Dean Barnes

VISA — A Role Model for Caribbean MNAs

The St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John Yacht Clubs are recognized for producing first-rate regattas and world-class sailors. However, far fewer folks realize that the driving force behind sailing in the USVI is the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA), …

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Brion Morrisette’s Sweet Ting, winner of Pursuit Under 30ft, leads Nat Ford’s Ocean Wave. Photo: Jaime Elliott

Coral Bay Yacht Club Thanksgiving Regatta

Not many, if any, Caribbean regattas can boast a fleet that includes everything from a 1913-built island trader, two 1933-constructed Argentine ketches, a Coral Bay Cowhorn, a traditional Bequia workboat, modern J boats and cruisers. This eclectic mix of vessels, …

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A study in blue - Buck Island anchorage, St Croix. Photo: Shane C McClellan  www.svGuidingLight.com

Destination: Sailing the U.S. Virgin Islands

Some may think of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) as the entry point for cruising to the British Virgin Islands or Spanish Virgin Islands. Yet St. Thomas, as well as its sibling islands of St. John and St. Croix, were …

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Underwater sculptures, Grenada

Top 10 Snorkeling Spots in the Eastern Caribbean

What could be better than to jump in and snorkel straight from your boat? It’s the epitome of cruising. Everyone has their own preferences but there is something to see in almost every anchorage. And you don’t need to snorkel …

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Memories of Hurricane Hugo – 25 Years On

As a yachtsman there are some things you never forget: The day you buy your boat; the day you sell your boat; the most idyllic landfall; the quickest passage and the most terrifying experience. For many Caribbean sailors the latter …

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Paige Clarke, winner of the Commodores Cup seen here on her Byte. Photo: Barbara Hervey

Clarke Tops Budget Marine Commodore’s Cup

The depth of seamanship talent in Coral Bay is renowned as liveaboards likely outnumber landlubbers. This easternmost settlement on the USVI’s St. John is also home base for one of the most successful youth sail training programs in the Caribbean, …

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lolalita morning yoga

“Good Morning!” From Someone Who Used to Loathe Mornings

  Ask my mom- she won’t lie. Ask her how her daughter feels about the morning, waking up, being up early, functioning at any am-hour. From what she can remember (not having lived at home for quite some time now), mornings …

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Looking down on Coral Bay and the harbor from atop a nearby hill. Photography by Dean Barnes

Destination: Coral Bay, Saint John

If your idea of paradise is a laidback destination where boats likely outnumber cars, street signs signaling a dip in the road are irreverently scribbled with ‘clam’ or ‘crab’, and formal attire means dressing up in flip flops and a …

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Colin Hanson’s Buxom ll, built in Argentina in 1933 and well-manned for this event. Photo: Peter Hoschl

Windy Weather Welcome at Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta

Windy weather proved advantageous to the winners of the Coral Bay Yacht Club’s Thanksgiving Regatta. The 32nd running of this traditional post-holiday regatta, held November 29 and 30 out of St. John’s easternmost settlement, saw blustery conditions ranging from 12 …

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Alvah and Diana Simon and their cat ‘Halifax of the Arctic’ aboard their boat, Roger Henry, in Micronesia.

Chilling Out With Alvah Simon

Okay, so I’m a weather-wimp. I whine and complain if the temperature falls below, say, 78 degrees. I’m not ashamed to admit this. My wife Carolyn is a weather-wimp too. We’ve even received scientific reinforcement: a doctor in the Virgins …

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July Open Billfish Tournament

Capt. Johnny Harms is credited with ‘discovering’ the magnificent blue marlin fishery in the Virgin Islands. That was back in the 1950s when Laurence Rockefeller brought Harms down to explore the possibility of big game charter fishing for Rockefeller’s guests …

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Scott McKenzie (left) and Teddy Nicolosi. Photo Credit: Joyce McKenzie

Triple Crown Boosts Optimist Sailing in the V.I.

How can you assure good participation when three regattas on three different islands take place on three weekends in a row? Santiago ‘Tino’ Galan, resident coach for the Virgin Islands Optimist Dinghy Association’s (VIODA) Advanced Optimist Sailing Program and Team …

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Caribbean Sailors in the Summer Olympics

Dreams of five young Caribbean sailors came true this summer when they competed in the Summer Olympics. Each brought back a wealth of experience, unforgettable memories and a keen desire to train for 2016. Sailing in the Olympics was like …

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Peter Muilenburg – An In-Depth Look at a Dog-Eared Manuscript

When I first sailed into the Lesser Antilles in the late 1970s, Peter Muilenburg was already a legend. The moment I ‘reached’ St. John, United States Virgin Islands, I started scheming on how to get out to the East End …

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St John Holds Inaugural Optimist Championship

Two seasoned U.S. Virgin Islands sailors battled to a tie-breaker finish at the Inaugural Virgin Islands Optimist Dinghy Association (VIODA) Championship

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Dem Backtime St John Dazes Aint So Old Me Son

In the late 1970s I sailed away from America—in search of my future. I wasn't merely in search of myself, but of my people as well.

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