Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Sailing with Charlie: Global Warming

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Climate Change has been in the news lately. There is no doubt that climate change and global warming are fact. But there seems to be some confusion as to whether it’s man-made or a natural Phenomenon – or, more likely, …

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A Successful Inaugural Mahi Mayhem Tournament

To the victor go the spoils … and the cash

Tortola, British Virgin Islands – Captain Alvin and his crew aboard Emmanuel, from St Thomas, swept the board at the first annual Mahi Mayhem fishing tournament held in May. They scooped the $5,000 top prize for heaviest mahi at 33lb; …

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BVI Spring Regatta 2017: Tight Racing, Light Airs

Island Water World Racing, Frits Bus and Chuck Pessler won the IC24 One Design class. Photo: BVISR/www.ingridabery.com

Competitors in the 46th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta were only too happy to call it quits after one final race on the last day when extremely light air made for very shifty and challenging conditions. Little breeze translated to a very …

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Sailing with Charlie: Water Toys

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

It certainly is a changing world. Charlie remembers, as if it were yesterday, his first water toy. It was a rubber duck in the bathtub, used as an enticement to get him into the hated weekly washing regimen in England’s …

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Charter Yacht Society 2016 BVI Culinary Contest

Chef Georgia Stoica’s winning Chocolate Lobster Mafongo. Photo by Paul Hubbard, Rainbow photography, BVI

Chef Georgia Stoica, of the 58ft catamaran Secret Oasis, blew the competition out of the water at the Charter Yacht Society 2016 BVI Culinary Contest. Her winning dish, Chocolate Lobster Mafongo cup filled with Mount Gay rum flambé lobster tail …

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Pusser’s Rum Aged 15 Years

Pussers Rum

On a recent trip to Annapolis, we had to make a stop at Mill’s Fine Wine and Spirits to check out the rum selection stocked for incoming cruisers. Lo and behold there was the Pusser’s Rum Aged 15 Years; a …

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Caribbean News: Salty Dawgs Leave For U.S. in May

Salty Dawgs leave for US in May The Spring 2016 Salty Dawg Rally for experienced blue water sailors will depart Tortola in the British Virgin Islands for the Chesapeake and other points north on May 15th, following a series of …

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World Cruising Club Runs Three Atlantic Rallies This Fall

Caribbean 1500 - Nanny Cay resort and marina on Tortola British Virgin Islands. Photo: World Cruising Club

Whether you like passage-making or transatlantic sails, the Cowes, UK-headquartered World Cruising Club offers a rally that will put you in the sunny islands this winter. Here’s what’s new with the WCC’s three major Atlantic fall rallies.   ARC Caribbean …

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Caribbean’s Fall Charter Yacht Shows

Antigua Charter Yacht Show. Photo courtesy of www.antiguayachtshow.com 

The Caribbean’s peak charter season kicks off in the fall with charter yacht shows in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Antigua. Here’s a preview of what’s new at this year’s events.   Virgin Islands Charteryacht League Fall Yacht Show …

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Charter Profile: Dick Schoonover of CharterPort BVI

Dick Schoonover

  An encyclopaedic memory, attention to detail and personable quick witted joie de vivre has led Dick Schoonover, manager of the crewed yacht clearinghouse, CharterPort BVI, in Tortola, to be one of the most recognized and successful in this industry. …

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Sailing With Charlie: Look Before You Leap

Graphics by Hannah Welch

Quick thinking is often associated with intelligence. Quick thinking often saves lives, averts serious accidents and can save disastrous losses in stock market transactions. But it can also have negative impacts in certain situations when the overall picture is not …

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Ten Top Caribbean Food Festivals

  Explore ashore! There’s no better way to discover the flavors of the different Caribbean islands than to sample your way through one or more of the many Caribbean food festivals that take place annually. Here’s ten favorites to whet …

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Leverick Bay Poker Run: Fast Boats for Charity

Boaters register at Leverick Bay Resort and Marina prior to the start of the Poker Run. Photo by Freeman Rogers

On May 24, hundreds of boaters competed in the 14th annual Leverick Bay Poker. The event doled out large cash prizes and donated thousands of dollars to charity. According to co-organizer Javier Lopez from JL Marketing in Puerto Rico, 225 …

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British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta

El Ocaso rounds Salt Island with spinnaker flying. Photo by Todd VanSickle

The 44th annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival at Nanny Cay stayed true to form with varied sailing conditions, exciting nightlife and happy sailors. The event attracted 78 boats, which raced three days in and around the Sir Francis …

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Two Caribbean Pioneers … An Extraordinary Adventure

Wladek Wagner

The second celebration of Wladek Wagner’s seven year circumnavigation was held in the BVI’s Trellis Bay in early February. Much has been written about this Polish sailor’s amazing voyage in no less than three vessels spanning seven years and beginning …

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Sweethearts of the Caribbean Regatta

  There were few sweethearts and the weather was less than sweet due to squalls, but that didn’t dampen the fun for those who set sail in the 37th Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 33rd Classic Yacht Regatta, held Feb …

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Team Mexico Dominates 2015 Painkiller Cup

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

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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Be a Volunteer!

VISAR volunteers in action. Photo courtesy of VISAR

Short-term seasonal cruisers to the Caribbean or life-long sailors who have made the region their home can make a difference to the islands’ people and wildlife. Here is a sampling of seven ways that you can volunteer.   2nd Life …

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