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Shaggy performs at Antigua Race Week. Photo: Ted Martin/www.photofantasyantigua.com

Caribbean Regatta Parties – How Important Are They?

Caribbean regattas are known for their rum and reggae parties. Yet how important are these shindigs to sailors, regatta organizers and sponsors? All At Sea asked all three groups to weigh-in on this question. The answers may surprise you! First, ...

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Michele Korteweg, Director of the Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta

Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta: Changing Times

Charles Darwin would have made a great regatta director. Old Charlie knew a thing or two about evolution; he even did a bit of sailing. When you compare the 2014/15 sailing calendar of events with those of a few years ...

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Roseau New Market, Dominica

Top Ten Traditional Caribbean Markets: Food, Glorious Food

Contemporary island supermarkets are the best place to stock up on paper goods, liquors and favorite international brands of grocery, deli and dairy foods. However, to really experience the local food culture is to browse through an old-time open-air market. ...

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Saint Croix Wahoo Tournament Top Boat, Turtle Daze (from left): Chuck Porter, T.J. Lindsey, Joe Blank, Joel Uretta, Festus Pemberton. Photo: Alda Anduze

Double Header, Turtle Daze and Tahla’o Top Wahoo Tournaments

Super speeds, the strength of its run after taking the bait, and an aggressive fight on light to medium tackle are reasons why the wahoo is sought after by sports fishermen. It’s no wonder then that three tournaments on three ...

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Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo Gary Brown/OceanMedia

Caribbean Regatta Preview: January – March, 2015

There is nowhere else in the world where sailors can enjoy so much racing, in so many formats and in such varied venues as in the Caribbean during the late winter and early spring. There are events for everything from ...

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As many as 70 boats were damaged or lost when hurricane Gonzalo hit St. Martin. Photo: OceanMedia

The Wrath of Gonzalo: Lessons Learned

For the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, sitting astride the hurricane belt, October 13 2014 will be remembered by the Caribbean sailing community for years to come. The way some commentators took to social media to berate boats caught in ...

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Many shades of blue! Bart’s Bash, Turks and Caicos Islands. Photo: John Lawson

Caribbean Sailors Take Part in Bart’s Bash

Bart’s Bash, held on September 21st, earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘The largest Sailing Race in 24 Hours’ (multiple venues). Over 18,000 sailors from 68 different countries around the globe took part in the ...

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The Swan 48 Avocation leaves Town Cut, St. Georges, Bermuda at the start of the 2nd leg of the NARC Rally.

North Atlantic Rally to the Caribbean: Experience Necessary

If you want to sail your swift mono or multihull yacht from Newport to St. Maarten in the company of professional crew and experienced skippers, then the North Atlantic Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) is right for you. The NARC, ...

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Rower Victor Mooney at Island Water World, Cole Bay, St. Maarten

Victor Mooney: Faith, Hope & A Strong Arm

Victor Mooney (48) set off in a 24-foot Brazilian built rowboat, christened Spirit of Malmo, to cross the Atlantic. The New Yorker left from Maspalomas, Gran Canaria on February 19th and arrived in St. Martin on June 26th. My assignment to ...

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Subbase Drydock, St. Thomas

Caribbean Boatyard Update

Fall is the time many Caribbean boaters put their yacht on the hard to get work done in the yard. Here is an update on what’s new in yards in the Caribbean.   PUERTO RICO “We cleaned out the entire ...

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The crewed charter yacht Zingara anchored off Virgin Gorda, BVI. Courtesy of www.charterportbvi.com

Charter Trends

What are the latest charter trends? All At Sea asked eight crewed and bareboat charter companies represented throughout the Caribbean to give their views on seven hot topics. Here’s what they said:   1: What is the number one thing charterers ...

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We know where we want to go but can we leave St. Maarten?

Sticky Sint Maarten

How can one not love an island with two harmonious countries, three languages, cheese, wine, baguettes, and a racing fleet of misses: Miss Tyknight, Miss Issippi, Miss Spent, and my personal favorite, Miss Tandfog? We had visited St. Maarten/St. Martin ...

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Brian Deher, president of the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (far right) and Garth Steyn (second right) look on as youngsters from Kidz At Sea cut the ribbon at the opening of their new clubhouse. Photo: OceanMedia

Kidz At Sea

It’s not often that young people give us something to cheer about. You’ve heard it all before, kids today show no respect, they want instant gratification and they had better get it. Often, we, the older generation, give up on ...

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Start line action viewed from the committee boat. The Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships attracted a 24-­boat fleet of seasoned sailors and emerging youth Photo by Robert Luckock

Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships

An utterly dominating performance by St. Barths’ Benoit Meesmaecker at the 25th Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships in St. Martin on June 14-15 handed the French sailor his second Laser Champion title here since 2012. Benoit won the six-boat ...

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Oyster: Best Boat, Best Angler and Most Blue Marlin Releases – The winning crew with Captain Tim Roosens (second right) and Best Angler Jonathan Schaede (far right) take the stage in Marigot. Photo courtesy of the Saint Martin Sport Fishing Association

Top Action at the Saint Martin Billfish Tournament

The 17th St. Martin Billfish Tournament welcomed 27 teams including some of the best sports fishermen in the Caribbean. So it was a delightful surprise when relative newcomers to the sport walked away with a trio of the biggest prizes: ...

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On a long run, size counts. Photo: OceanMedia

Let There Be Light

The government of the British Virgin Islands have placed themselves at the forefront of Caribbean conservation by establishing a permanent shark sanctuary in its waters and banning the sale and trade of sharks and shark products within the territory. This ...

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Lee Halley and crew celebrate at Bobby’s Marina after winning the top two prizes at the Island Water World fishing tournament. Photo by Robert Luckock

Island Water World Lures Fishermen to 1st Mahi Mahi Tournament

  Fishing tournaments are always good news for restaurant patrons with the prospect of fresh fish on the menus for the coming days. With at least two local restaurant owners among the participants for Island Water World’s first annual Mahi ...

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Winning skipper Rodion Luka accepts the winner’s trophy from Chris Marshall (far right) of Budget Marine. Photo: Bob Grieser

Rodion Luka Wins Budget Marine Match Racing Cup

Facing an international field of match racers hailing from Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and the Caribbean, Rodion Luka from the Ukraine won the 6th edition of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup with a 2-1 victory over Russian ...

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San Juan International Billfish Tournament. Photo: Mark Smestad

2014 Caribbean Blue Marlin / Tarpon Fishing Tournament Calendar

Want to release magnificent blue marlin? Or, boat a box full of fish for dinner? There’s a Caribbean-based blue marlin sports fishing tournament to suit every type of angler. What’s more, shoreside parties are just as much fun as the ...

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Andy Budgen’s Volvo 70 Monster Project put on a ‘Southern Ocean’ performance. Photo: Gary Brown/OceanMedia

2014 Heineken Regatta

The 2014 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the Caribbean’s largest annual yacht-racing affair, was this year also one of the most competitive editions in the event’s long, 34-year history. In roughly half of the fleet’s 20 separate classes, nothing was decided ...

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