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The Sea Pearl: Born Out of the Shallows

Jim Leet in front of a recently rejuvenated monohull at the Marine Concepts Sea Pearl shop. Photo by Glenn Hayes

On a beach overlooking St. Joseph’s Sound in Tarpon Springs, Fla., two friends studied a chart of the surrounding waters.  Depths were six inches in places at low tide with deeper spots still only two feet. They wanted to develop ... Read More »

RC44 Racing Series Makes a Stop in Virgin Gorda

Photo by Todd VanSickle

Traveling to the Caribbean can be challenging, especially if you need to bring a 44ft boat with you to compete in a highly competitive regatta. But if you have the money and some of the best sailors from around the ... Read More »

America’s Cup Winners Offer Advice to VI Jr Sailors

Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill (with microphone) and Kirst Feddersen answer a question posed by junior sailors. Photo: Dean Barnes

A desire to grow up and achieve great things on the world stage and actually doing it isn’t an impossible dream. This was the story told by three members of America’s Cup winning Oracle Team USA who spoke at the St. ... Read More »

No Boat, No Problem: Regatta Charters Let You Enter the Race

You don’t have to own a boat to take part in exciting regattas. Photo: Paul Wyeth

You don’t need to BYOB (bring your own boat) or hope for an invite to crew in order to get a front row seat racing in the Caribbean’s biggest and most exciting regattas. There are several great opportunities to charter. ... Read More »

Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week

Hot Stuff indeed – Girls for Sail

  If the smiles and laughter at the official prize giving is the measure of a successful regatta, then the 2014 edition of Grenada Sailing Week, sailed January 30 to February 4, was a massive success. Sailors from the Caribbean ... Read More »

Antigua Superyacht Challenge: Superyacht Sensation!

Marama – winner of the Antigua Superyacht Challenge. Photography by Ted Martin:

Hosted by the Admiral’s Inn, Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua, the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is the epitome of superyacht racing and partying, where the sole aim is to create an event for the pleasure of the participants without the constraints of commercialism. ... Read More »

International Optimist Regatta Set for June 16-22, 2014

Junior sailors from several countries sail in the IOR. Credit: Dean Barnes

Register now! The International Optimist Regatta (IOR) celebrates its 22nd edition, marking over two decades of fostering junior sailing in the Caribbean. Dates for the regatta and kick-off Sea Star Clinic and Sea Star Team Race are June 16th to ... Read More »

Caribbean Regatta Preview: April to October

Aruba Regatta. Photo: Eric Mijts

Regatta season doesn’t stop when the winter finishes. The spring, summer and fall all feature racing events that offer a mix of competition, camaraderie and celebration.   April 7-12 Oyster Regatta – Antigua 2014: Scheduled to follow the celebrations marking ... Read More »

Hello! Hi! Greetings! Salutations! And Nice to Meet You!

Megan and Ernie Schlobohm of Catamaran Lolalita

Ever since I was a young thing- with young ambitions, young ideals, young notions- I dreamed of being a writer. Now, the writing part- that wasn’t so important. That was fun, but a means to an end. I imagined recognition, ... Read More »

Tales from Day 2 – BVI Spring Regatta 2014

Bernie Even-Wong drives his Mumm 36 High Tension to windward

Wow.. even more wind! At least we had sunshine today… 20 plus knots all day and sunny so we could see where we were headed… That big cold front that is moving through still has some kick to it… Two ... Read More »

BVI Spring Regatta 2014 on “High Tension”

Bernie Even-Wong drives his Mumm 36 High Tension to windward

Wow… Have not had a beating like that in a while… Winds to 25 knots and rain squalls that kept us wet from dock out until long after the first meal ashore at 5. The Sir Francis Drake channel was ... Read More »

PROFILE: Antigua Sailor Bernie Evan-Wong

Bernie Even-Wong drives his Mumm 36 High Tension to windward

Few sailors have raced in and reached the podium in as many Caribbean regattas as Antigua’s Bernie Evan-Wong. A dentist by profession and sailor by recreation, Evan-Wong shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he’s speeding up by trying to ... Read More »

Winners Named at 41st St. Thomas International Regatta

Riding the rail aboard Puerto Rico’s Jamie Torres’ Melges 32, Smile and Wave, CSA Racing 1 Class Winner. Dean Barnes photo

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Top-quality competition, razor-close finishes and camaraderie that spanned decades for some and days for others proved that in spite of a new name, the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) has remained the ‘Crown Jewel’ of ... Read More »

In Focus: Jose ‘Yoyo’ Berrios

Winning coach Jose Berrios (center). Photo: Carlos G. Lee /

Starting small and growing bigger. This is the secret to success that has led Club Nautico de San Juan’s (CNSJ) director of sailing and head coach Jose ‘Yoyo’ Berrios to put Puerto Rico on the map as a global sailing ... Read More »

Saint Barthélemy 2013 New Year’s Eve Parade

Off the wind – the Melges 24 Crash Test skippered by Mowgli Fox of St. Barth’s Boost ‘n’ Sail sailing school, and Cielo, a 66FT custom sloop. Photography by Rosemond Gréaux

On December 31, 14 boats crossed the start line off Gustavia for the annual New Year’s Eve Parade, an informal regatta with staggered starts for a handicapped pursuit race. “It was a beautiful sail out there,” says Mark Del Giudice, ... Read More »

Women at the Helm: A Career in Yachting

Pat Nolan on the tiller. Photo: Dean Barnes

Gail Bowdish shrugs off the surprised looks from men on neighboring boats when she and her all-women crew efficiently pick up a mooring ball in the BVI. “‘Where are the men’ they will ask,” says Bowdish, a former emergency room ... Read More »

Fast & Furious on Second Day of 41st St. Thomas International Regatta

Switzerland's Franck Noel's TP52, Near Miss, is leading the CSA Racing 0 Class after two days of racing. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Courses changed but the winds remained the blustery-same as the 69-boat fleet set sail on the second day of racing at the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Shorter round-the-buoy and round-the-island races off the island’s ... Read More »

NEWS: Island Water World to co-sponsor Open Caribbean Laser Championships


Island Water World to co-sponsor Open Caribbean Laser Championships The Open Caribbean Heineken Light Laser Championships (June 13-15), has a new format and co-sponsor.  With Island Water World back on board after a break of many years, organizer Frits Bus says ... Read More »

Thrills & Spills on First Day of Racing at 41st St. Thomas International Regatta

Puerto Rico’s Luis Juarbe’s Melges 32, Soca, sails downwind into Charlotte Amalie harbor. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Boom or bust was the big story for the 69-boat fleet racing on the first day of the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Thirty-plus knot gusts tested the mettle of equipment and crews as ... Read More »

Seventy Yachts Start 41st St. Thomas International Regatta

The USVI's Team Line Honors: L to R: Top: Taylor Ladd, Stephanie Roble, Bottom L to R: Taylor Canfield, Matt Clark and Mike Rehe. Credit: Christine Thompson.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Seventy yachts from the Caribbean, U.S., Europe and Australia will take to the seas on Friday for the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club May 28 to ... Read More »