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Marina Developments in Coral Bay, St. John

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

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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Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta, St. Joh, USVI

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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VISA — A Role Model for Caribbean MNAs

Photo by Dean Barnes

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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Coral Bay Yacht Club Thanksgiving Regatta

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

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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Destination: Sailing the U.S. Virgin Islands

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

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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Top 10 Snorkeling Spots in the Eastern Caribbean

Underwater sculptures, Grenada

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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Clarke Tops Budget Marine Commodore’s Cup

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

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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Destination: Coral Bay, Saint John

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

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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Windy Weather Welcome at Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta

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

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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Chilling Out With Alvah Simon

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

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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Triple Crown Boosts Optimist Sailing in the V.I.

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

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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