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The fleet rounds the windward mark during the 26th Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships held in Orient Bay, St. Martin, on June 13-14. Photo Robert Luckock

Meesmaecker Wins Third Heineken Light Laser Title

Saint Barths’s Benoit Meesmaecker captured his third Laser title at the 26th Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championship in Orient Bay, St. Martin, on June 13-14 with a solid, near flawless display of tactical sailing to win eight races out …

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IMM Guadeloupe

2015 Boatyard Round-Up. What’s New?

Business at Caribbean boatyards booms during hurricane season. Here’s what’s new at a sampling of yards in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean.   IMM, Guadeloupe People power is making this full-service yard in Pointe-A-Pitre an even bigger draw to …

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Blue Ocean bring a fish alongside

St. Martin Billfish Tournament

Only time separated the top three boats in the highly-competitive St. Martin Billfish Tournament, presented by Delta Petroleum, and hosted out of Marigot, June 2nd to 6th. That’s because anglers aboard Stars, Habalo & Co and Blue Ocean were the …

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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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Photo courtesy of Offshore World Championship

Six Caribbean Fishing Teams Compete in Offshore World Championship

Caribbean sport fishermen are truly some of the best. Nowhere was this more evident than at the Offshore World Championship (OWC), the largest offshore fishing tournament in the world. Six teams, who first had to win one of the 17 …

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Money, Money, Money! Yellow Whip pocketed the prize money in all three categories. From left; Andy Purcell, Stephan Petit, Fabrice Perry, and Laurent Petit. Photo: Robert Luckock

St. Martin’s Yellow Whip Wins Island Water World Mahi Mahi Tournament

French St. Martin-based Yellow Whip emerged winners of the 2nd Island Water World Mahi Mahi Fishing Tournament organised by St. Maarten Sport Fishing Foundation on April 19, after becoming the only boat to reel in qualifying fish after a frustrating …

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Melges 24 GFA Caraibes winner in Class Gill Commodores Cup, second in Class St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo by Gary Brown/OceanMedia

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Strong winds, sunshine, 2000 lusty sailors and the largest racing fleet in the Caribbean, gave the organizers of the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta the opportunity to lay on a tremendous spectacle – and they didn’t fail. In CSA1, Doug …

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Photo by Gary E. Brown

Rocking and Rolling through Paradise

If you happen to be driving your dinghy around the anchorage and hear a rock concert coming from a cruising boat then the chances are you are listening to Trudie Cardone and David Ball aboard the sloop Persephone. These two …

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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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