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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta: Hot Racing, Cold Beer

St Maarten Heineken Regatta: El Ocaso, overall winner of CSA 3 and the regatta’s prestigious ‘Most Worthy Performance’ award. Photo: OceanMedia

The 36th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was a record affair. Eighty four yachts competed in the Gill Commodores Cup, the largest entry in its history and 193 boats participated in the three day Heineken Regatta. This year organisers …

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Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week

Grenada Sailing Week: The J24 Glory Daze is ambushed by eventual class winner Island Water World Die Hard. Photo: Tim Wright

The rough sea conditions that preceded this regatta made it tough going for those on their way to Grenada for the event, but during Sailing Week the powerful winds added excitement and challenge to the racing. On the first two …

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Schoelcher International Nautical Week

Schoelcher International Nautical Week: Photo by Sophie Reinach

The quantity and quality of sailors made the 26th Schoelcher International Nautical Week (SINW), hosted by the Cercle Nautique de Schoelcher in Martinique, February 5th to 9th, extra special. Not only did 140 sailors from the European countries of France, …

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Puerto Rico’s Pan Pepin International Dinghy Regatta: Over 70 Sailors Race

Pan Pepin International Dinghy Regatta: Photo credit: Carlos Lee

  “Practice makes perfect” is a saying that the BVI’s Rayne Duff put into action to win the highly-competitive Optimist class at the Pan Pepin International Dinghy Regatta, hosted February 4th to 7th out of Puerto Rico’s Club Nautico de …

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Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta to be held at Puerto del Rey Marina

Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta

The sailing event will take place on June 10-12, 2016 at its new home, Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo, and will feature nearly 60 vessels and 300 crew members and sailing fans. San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 12, 2016 …

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In the Wake of Their Ancestors

In the Wake of Their Ancestors: © 2015 Polynesian Voyaging society; Photo: ‘oiwi tv • Photographer: Jason Patterson

The traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokule’a, has departed St. Helena in the South Atlantic, bound for the Americas and Europe. The crew of eleven departed Hilo, Hawai’i May 2014 bound on a three-year, 60,000-mile world voyage with a mission to promote …

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Sailcloth … Art and Science

Sailcloth...Art and Science

The use of sails is as old as history itself. Maybe the modern era was born with the yacht America in 1851. She sailed to Cowes and unlike her fellow competitors had not only chosen cotton for her sails but …

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The Secret Behind the Success of Les Voiles de St. Barth

Les Voiles de St. Barth: Event Race Director Luc Poupon (left) and Event Director François Paul Tolède. Photo courtesy of Les Voiles de St. Barth

A passion for sailing. The perfect venue. Strong partnerships rooted in sailing and the setting. These are the factors that led to the founding and now meteoric fame of Les Voiles de St. Barth. Started seven years ago by two friends, …

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Sailing With Charlie: Another World

Sailing With Charlie: Underwater WorldGraphics by Christine Taylor

Charlie was scrubbing the bottom of a boat in Trellis Bay (Charlie just hates dirty bottoms) when he looked down and saw what he thought was an anchor, half-buried in the sand in about 15ft of water. He dove down …

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Regatta Preview: April to November 2016

Regatta Preview: Les Voiles St. Barth

There are one or more major Caribbean regattas nearly every month of the year. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening from April to November.   April 11th – 16th Les Voiles de Saint-Barth Celebrity sailors and sailboats, including America’s Cup …

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Proteus Overall Winner of RORC Caribbean 600

Proteus, Overall Winner of the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600. Photo: RORC / Emma Louise Wyn Jones

George Sakellaris’ Maxi72, Proteus (USA) was the overall winner of the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600. It is the second time that Sakellaris has skippered the overall winner, having won the 2014 race with the Maxi72, Shockwave. Proteus was also the …

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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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International Optimist Regatta, presented by EMS Virgin Islands, and TOTE Maritime Clinic & Team Race Set for June 13-19

2015 Overall Winner - St. Thomas' Teddy Nicolosi. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Exceptional coaching, competition and camaraderie are the qualities that make the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by EMS (Electronic Merchant Systems) Virgin Islands, and the TOTE Maritime Clinic and Team Race a ‘must-do’ event for …

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Caribbean News: Dates Set For CSA Annual Conference

Dates set for CSA Annual Conference This year’s Annual Caribbean Sailing Association Conference and AGM will be held in Antigua on October 21st – 22nd. The CSA say they are hoping for an even stronger attendance than 2015 to continue collaboration …

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Time for Winners at the 43rd St. Thomas International Regatta

St. Croix native Tim Pitts, and crew, win the VX One Class at the St. Thomas International Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

Wind was the word at the 43rd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Lots of it, in fact. Gusts blustered over 30 knots all three days with 6 to 8 foot seas. Combine these conditions with courses that offered a mix …

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Caribbean News: Virgin Atlantic Sponsor Antigua Sailing Week

Virgin Atlantic Sponsor Antigua Sailing Week

Virgin Atlantic sponsor Antigua Sailing Week Antigua Sailing Week has begun a new three year sponsorship with Virgin Atlantic solidifying its position as the Official Exclusive UK Airline Sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week. For Virgin Atlantic the move to support Antigua …

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Wet & Wild Rides on Second Day of Racing in 43rd St. Thomas International Regatta

Fast-paced racing round-the-islands in gusts over 30 knots in St. Thomas International Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. An island tour on fast forward is the best way to describe the courses and conditions for most classes on the second day of racing in the 43rd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). While the …

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Caribbean News: Mercury Marine

Caribbean News: Mercury Marine

News from Mercury Marine Mercury Marine has announced the global introduction of its new 40hp and 60hp SeaPro FourStroke engines. Engineered to deliver longer engine life while maintaining the power and performance necessary to get the job done, the 40hp …

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Thrills & Spills on First Day of Racing in 43rd St. Thomas International Regatta

St Thomas International regatta 2016, day 1 in the VX One Class. Credit: Ingrid Abery.

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The signature race to Charlotte Amalie harbor on today’s first day of the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) turned into a sprint for some and a splash for others with winds gusting to nearly 30 …

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Round the Rocks Winners, Nearly 80 Yachts Ready to Stir It Up at 43rd St. Thomas International Regatta

Flow, a Gunboat 60 owned by Boston, MA's Stephen Cucchiaro, wins its class in the first-annual Round the Rocks Race. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Sleigh rides for some and slogs for others characterized racing in today’s first annual Round the Rocks Race, a 21-mile clockwise circumnavigation of the island of St. John and tune-up for the St. Thomas International …

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