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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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West Indies Regatta: Connecting with Times Past

The largest gathering of West Indian sloops and schooners anywhere in the world! Photo: Kristin Bourne

To the casual viewer it was just a group of old wooden boats tied stern to the dock manned by barefoot rogues that resembled pirates more than yachtsmen. Even more puzzling was the fact that this was St. Barth, where ...

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U.S. Virgin Islands’ Nicolosi Wins 23rd International Optimist Regatta

The USVI’s Teddy Nicolosi leads the pack to an overall win at the 23rd International Optimist Regatta. Dean Barnes photo.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). A bold move to cover his opponent proved a winning strategy for St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands’ sailor Teddy Nicolosi. The 14-year-old Nicolosi won the 23rd International Optimist Regatta (IOR), hosted out of the ...

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Great Turn-Out for Inaugural Puerto del Rey Sailing Challenge

Y-Sailing, J/92, leading the Jib & Main Class at the Puerto Del Rey Sailing Challenge. Photo: Carlos Lee

A spectacular 70 boat entry and over double this number of sailors from Puerto Rico, the US and US Virgin Islands, competed in the first-ever Puerto Del Rey Sailing Challenge for over $10,000 in cash prizes. The regatta, hosted March 20 ...

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Team ISV 1 Wins Team Race – 82 Junior Sailors Ready to Compete in International Optimist Regatta

Team ISV 1 L to R: Mia Nicolosi, Victoria Flatley, Gillian Perrell, Teddy Nicolosi, Mateo Di Blasi and Julian van den Driessche. Credit: Matias Capizzano

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Eighty-two 8- to 15-year-old junior sailors will set sail in the 23rd International Optimist Regatta (IOR), June 19 to June 21. Nearly all of these sailors sharpened their skills earlier this week in the pre-regatta ...

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International Opti Regatta, Clinic & Team Race Kicks Off The Week

Optimists on the beach at the St. Thomas Yacht Club ready to launch for the International Optimist Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The International Optimist Regatta (IOR) – one of the largest and longest held junior sailing events in the Caribbean – celebrates its 23rd year. The IOR takes place June 19 to 21, prefaced by the ...

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Les Voiles de Saint Barth

Making waves - Rambler 88. Photo by Rosemond Greaux

Over 70 boats were on the starting line for the sixth edition of Les Voiles de Saint Barth, with four days of spirited racing from Wednesday, April 13 through Saturday April 18 (Thursday was the official day off). In the ...

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Charleston Race Week Celebrates 20 Years

Charleston Race Week is also a family affair. Photo by Jeff Dennis

Open to all sailboats from 19 to 80 feet in length, Charleston Race Week has become the largest regatta on the East Coast over the past 20 years. Multiple inshore and offshore courses are navigated for three consecutive days in ...

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Spectacular Conditions for Antigua Classic 2015

The Folkboat Lorima. Photo: Jean Jarreau / www.HeliPhotoCarib.com

Racing came to a conclusion on the final day of the 28th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai, with all classes racing the The Windward Course, which featured a glorious reaching start outside Falmouth Harbour to the deep water Woodstock ...

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Race to the Coast & Gulfport to Pensacola

Photo by Troy Gilbert

A living history of racing on the Gulf Coast began when sailing morphed from commerce and transportation to recreation and sport over 150 years ago. Oysters and shrimp were still harvested by vessels under sail as yacht racing and clubs on ...

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