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Carriacou Regatta: The Tradition Lives On

The new build. Photo by Jan Hein

2015 is a monumental year for Grenada’s minute island of Carriacou, marking the 50th anniversary of their most famous vessel and the beginning of one of the longest running regattas in the region. In the 1960s, J. Linton Rigg sailed …

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Pan American Games

Philipine Van Aanholt

Thirteen sailors from five island nations represented the Caribbean in sailing at the Pan American Games, held July 10th – 26th, in Toronto, Canada. Two teams won medals, two sailors earned Olympic slots and the rest gained valuable experience as …

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Columbus Day Regatta

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A regatta that commemorates a small boat cruise in 1492 is not only one of the longest continually held sporting events in South Florida, but one that has made its mark on the local sailing scene as has its namesake on …

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New Classes, New Race Set for St. Thomas International Regatta

The St. Thomas International Regatta Adds a New Gunboat Class for 2016 © Jesus renedo

Gunboats and VX One boats are set to sail in first-ever classes at the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 25 to 27, 2016 and hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club. What’s more, organizers will also welcome …

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Friends Set New Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Record

Legacy in racing trim. Photo: Tim Wright

  While giant multihulls and monster monohulls flew around the Atlantic and Caribbean setting records this summer, a group of sailors from Trinidad and Tobago quietly broke a sailing record of their own, one that has stood for 55 years. …

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Meesmaecker Wins Third Heineken Light Laser Title

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

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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Multihulls – Do Your Homework Before Hauling

Finding Balance being hauled at Lauderdale Marine Center. Photo by Terry Boram

We became multihull owners over ten years ago after purchasing our first trimaran and have never looked back. There is a lot to be said about staying flat while sailing fast. Soon the 27ft tri was sold for a 34ft …

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Mott Memorial Hobie Challenge

James Sanders and family celebrate his Hobie victory. Photo: Steve Brett

Chocolate was the theme when the Petite Calivigny Yacht Club (PCYC) hosted its 3rd Annual Mott Memorial Hobie Challenge in Grenada on July 12th. The PCYC became the new owner of the Hobie 14 previously owned by Mott Green, one …

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Regatta Time in Abaco

Courtesy of Regatta Time in Abaco

Congratulations to the South Florida participants in the 40th Anniversary Regatta Time in Abaco, July 3 – 11: Third Tri – Lonny Gellen – Lighthouse Point Alberbrile – Hector Arrillaga – Pompano Beach Tenacious – Richard Dwyer – Palm Beach …

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Mother Tubs Star in Regatta Time in Abaco

Dennis Gordon and the crew of Ice Man, overall winner among the Mother Tubs. Photo: David Ralph

Racers and cruisers flocked to the Abacos July 3rd -10th for the 40th anniversary Regatta Time in Abaco. What started as a way to raise money to enter an Abaconian fishing sloop in the Georgetown, Exuma, workboat races plus boost …

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VI Sailors Take Top Three Finishes at U.S. College Coed Nationals

L to R: Taylor Ladd (member of Harvard University Sailing Team; however Harvard not in the Finals), Nikki Barnes (U.S. Coast Guard Academy/2017), William Bailey (Boston College/2015), Alec Tayler (Fordham University/2017), and Ian Barrows (Yale University/2017). Credit: Dean Barnes

U.S. Virgin Islands’ sailors continue to make their mark in the world of U.S. Intercollegiate sailboat racing. The latest sign of this were podium finishes for St. Thomas sailors Ian Barrows, Nikki Barnes and William Bailey at the Gill College …

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Wednesday Night Racing on Biscayne Bay

Photo by Terry Boram

The Flying Scot fleet has been sailing the waters of Biscayne Bay for over 20 years.  Many of the boats come out of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club which now keeps 15 Scots. Flying Scot Fleet Captain Bud Price said, …

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What Would You Do if Your Engine Failed?

Motor-sailing through a cut can be scary enough - but what if your engine fails? Photo by Rosie Burr

A recent problem with our engine while in the middle of the shallowest and most coral-ridden areas in the Bahamas, forced us to sail without the help or convenience of our iron topsail. The problem has long since been resolved but …

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J/24s Rule at Barbados Regatta

Rapajam, winner of the non CSA class. Photo courtesy of Peter Marshall

Quality racing and superb conditions were the hallmark of this year’s Barbados Regatta sailed May 21-24. With the classes split into a J/24 fleet (10) and a non-CSA cruising fleet (4), starts over all three days of racing went like …

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Puerto Rico Launches New Sailing Academy

Club Nautico de San Juan Sailing Academy (from left): Commodore Alberto Gual Rexach, Bernardette San Antonio, Marco Teixidor (assistant director), and Mickey Tirado (member of the Club’s Board of Directors). Photo: Carlos Lee

Sailing is nearly a century-old tradition at Club Nautico de San Juan (CNSJ), in Puerto Rico, Now, the launch of a new Sailing Academy in May puts CNSJ in an excellent position to continue to produce future world champion sailors. …

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PR Heineken Regatta Looking to the Future

Smile and Wave head up wind to the mark during the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta. Photo by Todd VanSickle

This year’s Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta could be considered one of the most-friendly regattas or one of the most unforgiving. It all depends on whether you were on the land or at sea. The regatta was held on May …

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Junior Sailor Profile: Antigua & Barbuda’s Rhone Kirby

A sailing star in the making

Little did Rhone Kirby know that his initial interest in sailing a decade ago would launch him into the sport in a global way. Yet today, the 17-year-old boasts a resume that includes participation in the 2014 Youth Olympics in …

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Ferry Sails to Budget Marine Commodore’s Cup Win

Sweet Ting, winner of the 35ft and under class

Dylan Ferry’s laser sailing skills paid off in May, as the sailor beat James Austin in the final race to win the 2015 Budget Marine Commodore’s Cup in Coral Bay, St. John. The annual regatta is hosted at Skinny Legs …

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Light Shifty Winds Challenge Sailors at BVI Dinghy Championships

Overall Opti Winner - Mia Nicolosi. Photo: Todd VanSickle

Spot-on starts, sights on the puffs and staying in the front of the pack were the strategies that Optimist, Laser and 420 sailors employed to win their respective classes at the BVI Dinghy Championships. Fifty-two sailors from the British and …

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Antigua Sailing Week

Antigua’s Bernie Evan-Wong drove TAZ to victory in CSA 4

Jonty Layfield’s CS40, Sleeper/U-Go stormed to victory scoring eight straight bullets in CSA 8 to win the Best Antiguan and Caribbean Boat in Start Boat B, and the prestigious Lord Nelson Trophy. At the glittering awards ceremony, Jonty Layfield spoke on …

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