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Shannon Falcone and The New Age America’s Cup

Skimming on hydrofoils fixed to carbon fiber hulls, Oracle Team USA flies their 72-foot catamaran, powered by winds against the fixed, rigid wing sail, above the San Francisco Bay. Photo by Kathy Bohanan Enzerink

Crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge, one glance westward reveals a Bay littered with white and multi-colored sails. Day sailors, cruisers, kids single-handing and the towering, 131-foot sail wings of the America’s Cup boats. Vying for the 34th America’s Cup, first ... Read More »

NEWS: Windsurfing Success for Curaçao in Slalom World Championships

Flying the flag for Curaçao at the IFCA Junior, Youth & Masters Slalom World Championships (from left): Aron Etmon, Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes, Oscar Etmon and Jean Patrick Van Der Wolde

Windsurfing Success for Curaçao in Slalom World Championships Alaçati, Turkey – Windsurfer Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes brought more windsurfing glory to the island of Curaçao by returning home with the coveted title of IFCA U-15 World Champion 2013. ... Read More »

Team Antigua Wins Premier’s Cup International Youth Regatta

Awards ceremony 15th BVI Premier’s Cup International Youth Regatta, back row, from left: Janield Smith; Dr. the Hon. Daniel Orlando Smith, Premier of Tortola; and Karl James, head coach at the Antigua Yacht Club. Front row: Stephon Dundas, Jules Mitchell, Lewis Fitzerald, Rhone Kirby and David Jackson. Photo courtesy Kids and the Sea BVI

  Preparation and training earned Team Antigua the championship at the 15th BVI Premier’s Cup International Youth Regatta, sailed out of Nanny Cay Resort & Marina, on Tortola, July 13 – 14. Winning team members were: Janield Smith, Stephan Dundas, ... Read More »

Caribbean Boatyard Update

Antigua – Jolly Harbour

September is the Caribbean’s peak month for hurricanes. It’s also one of the busiest months for boatyards. Here is a sampling of ‘What’s New’ in yards throughout the region. Subbase Drydock, St. Thomas, USVI A second drydock built in 2012 ... Read More »

How To Get Your Captain’s License?

Students practice sun sights during their OnDeck Yachtmaster course. Photo courtesy of OnDeck

A change of career is what led Tim Scarisbrick to become an officially credentialed yacht captain. “I realized that I wanted to go sailing full time, make it a career,” says Scarisbrick. Five years ago, the former British Navy helicopter ... Read More »

August 2013 Caribbean News

Docks at the IGY American Yacht Harbor Marina come alive with fishermen and spectators for the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. Photo: Dean Barnes

Get ready for Marlin Fest! August 16–22 The Cayman Islands are known for their Pirate’s Week. Antigua is celebrated for its Sailing Week and Wimbledon well known for its ultimate tennis competition. Likewise, Virgin Islands’ waters are famous for their ... Read More »

Vitamin B Earns Top Titles in Two Antigua Fishing Tournaments

Captain Mike Pigott (second right) and crew, winners of the Antigua & Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament Marlin Division. Courtesy of Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament

Luck and talent earned Vitamin B the top title in two back-to-back Antigua fishing tournaments. The team aboard the 31ft Bertram, with Mike Pigott, owner of Antigua’s Nightwing Charters at the helm, won the 3rd Antigua and Barbuda Marlin Classic ... Read More »

Carriacou’s Sail Loft – In Stitches

The famous motorcycle and sidecar. Photo by Janet Hein

The saying ‘big things come in small packages’ certainly describes Carriacou’s sail loft, cleverly known as In Stitches. It’s a three-person show, owned and operated by Andy Smelt, which can make or repair pretty much any sail that blows into ... Read More »

2013 Antigua Sailing Week – Where Sailing Comes First

Arethusa, Philip Lotz, Swan CS42 win the coveted overall prize – The Lord Nelson Trophy for best yacht overall. Photo: Paul Wyeth

In recent years many new sailing regattas have been held in the Caribbean but the yardstick to which they are all compared is still Antigua Sailing Week, the longest running regatta in the region. Three years ago, a regatta organising ... Read More »

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2013

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In 2012, I went to 16 different regattas all over the world but I was truly blown away by the sheer enjoyment of the Antigua Classics Regatta. Over 60 amazing examples of traditional yachts took part from magnificent schooners to ... Read More »

Guide to Windsurfing Antigua

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Picture yourself blasting across bubblegum blue water – a small ramp forming every now and then to launch off. Never too windy but always some form of breeze. Heading back to shore the tropical greenery flutters in the wind and ... Read More »

Oyster Regatta Grenada

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The Oyster World Rally may have set off from Antigua in January but the British company’s burning desire to make sure their other customers in the Caribbean region are enjoying themselves has not diminished. The Oyster Regatta in Grenada was ... Read More »

Mariella Wins Inaugural Inn Challenge Trophy in Antigua

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The first name to be engraved on the fine Italian silver Inn Challenge Trophy is Carlo Falcone’s Mariella. The legendary 79ft ketch successfully defended the Mariella Challenge in the match race with Robert Fabre’s 42ft Ketch, Vagabundo II. At nearly ... Read More »

RORC Caribbean 600: A Tough Race in Paradise

Paradox the first yacht to finish takes to the air. Photography by Tim Wright,, RORC Caribbean 600

With warm Tradewinds gusting up to 30 knots for over four days, the RORC Caribbean 600 was a lively affair and many seasoned competitors declared that it was tougher than the Fastnet but a lot warmer! There was drama right ... Read More »

30 Yachts Participate in Concours des Chefs

Chef Toni Leslie – S/Y Inukshuk. Photo Jan Robinson

A collection of spectacular yachts from around the world came to participate in the 51st Antigua Charter Yacht Show. Thirty participated in the Concours des Chefs. Yachts were docked in three different Marinas – Falmouth, Yacht Club and Nelson’s Dockyard. ... Read More »

Four Yachts Left to Finish RORC Caribbean 600

RORC Caribbean 600 Winner of IRC Two: Scarlet Logic, Ross Applebey & Tim Thubron's British Oyster 48 Credit: Tim Wright/

Spectacular Prize Giving Tonight: RORC CARIBBEAN 600 At 0900 on day five, four yachts are still racing after a surge of arrivals last night and early this morning. With all of the class winners now decided, there will be a ... Read More »

Tired and Elated – Day 4: RORC Caribbean 600

Adela, win the Spirit of Tradition Class, Superyacht Class and third overall in IRC Credit: Tim Wright/

TIRED AND ELATED Just after dusk at 19:34:34, Ron O’Hanley’s American Cookson 50, Privateer came through the finish line off English Harbour, Antigua. The 12 crew were tired and hungry but most of all thirsty for knowledge. The team from ... Read More »

First Yachts Finish RORC Caribbean 600

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Mike Slade’s crew on ICAP Leopard were enjoying a cold beer in the Antigua Yacht Club today and Leopard’s owner, Mike Slade, was really enjoying winding down after a tough race in which ICAP Leopard took Line Honours for the ... Read More »

NEWS – RS Elites come to Antigua Sailing Week

Rán-Leopard storms to victory. Photo: OnEdition

RS Elites come to Antigua Sailing Week Antigua Sailing Week’s Lay Day will have a fresh and thrilling racing event, The Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge. This invitational event will feature a fleet of RS Elites and will offer high-quality ... Read More »

Caribbean Sailing Regatta Calendar: January – March 2013

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo: Tim Wright

The Caribbean’s winter regatta season is jam-packed with events for every sailor. Here’s what’s happening when and where and how you can join in the fun. Caribbean Sailing Regatta Calendar for January to March 2013 January 18th – 23rd: Mount ... Read More »