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Up until this very moment, you were fine. You thought everything was fine, that is. You were probably doing some quotidian task, minding your own business, and then – BAM! It hits you. The question.   “WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN?” ...

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First Magna International Bay Regatta

The BVI’s Rathbun (left) and USA’s Buckingham slug it out in San Juan’s Bahia Urbana. Photo: Isaac Reyes, Sakography

Match racing action dialed up a notch in Puerto Rico in February. This is when international teams faced off against some of the island’s best sailors in the first-ever Magna International Bay Regatta, held in San Juan’s spectator-friendly Bahía Urbana. ...

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St. Petersburg to Havana Race

Photo Credit: Southern Yacht Club Archives

Until the fall of Cuba to Castro and his revolutionary forces in 1958, sailors actively raced schooners in the 284 NM St. Petersburg to Havana Race, which from 1930 to 1958 was considered a highly prestigious event and eventually became ...

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RORC Caribbean 600

A spectacular start to the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 as IRC Zero and Canting Keel Class, including George David’s Rambler 88 and John Elkann’s Volvo 70, Maserati, cross the line. Photo: RORC/ Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Arguably the best fleet of offshore racing yachts that has ever gathered in the Caribbean took part in the 7th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. Sixty-six yachts started the 600 mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, with numerous world ...

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VISA — A Role Model for Caribbean MNAs

Photo by Dean Barnes

The St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John Yacht Clubs are recognized for producing first-rate regattas and world-class sailors. However, far fewer folks realize that the driving force behind sailing in the USVI is the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA), ...

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Discount to Register by April 15 for International Optimist Regatta

Nearly 100 junior sailors from over a dozen countries competed in the 2014 International Optimist Regatta in St. Thomas, USVI. Credit: Dean Barne

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Excellent coaching, competition and camaraderie are the qualities that attract 8- to 15-year-old sailors and keep them and their families coming back to the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), Sea Star Clinic and Sea Star Team ...

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Sweethearts of the Caribbean Regatta


  There were few sweethearts and the weather was less than sweet due to squalls, but that didn’t dampen the fun for those who set sail in the 37th Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 33rd Classic Yacht Regatta, held Feb ...

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Taty Frans Wins Annual Saint Barth Fun Cup

The Fun Cup blasts off. Photos by Rosemond Gréaux

For Taty Frans the 2015 Saint Barth Fun Cup was a thrill. The freestyle champion from the island of Bonaire took first place, beating French competitors Antoine Questel (a St Barth native who won the Fun Cup in 2013 and ...

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Tie-Breakers at St. Thomas International Regatta

L to R: Elodie Thellier, regional sales director for TAG Heuer; U.S. Virgin Islands’ Governor Kenneth E Mapp; Nauticayenne crew: Tony Sanpere, Jim Kerr and Dave Flaherty; St. Thomas Yacht Club commodore, JP Montegut. Sanpere, Kerr and Flaherty, who placed second in Non-Spinnaker Racing on Nauticayenne, hope to represent the USVI in the Paralympics Games in 2016.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Some boats leapt into the lead while others strengthened their front-runner status on the third and final day of racing in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. The 62-boat fleet, ...

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Round the Rocks and Buoys at St. Thomas International Regatta

Puerto Rico’s Sergio Sagramoso’s Melges 32 leads this one-design class. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Round-the-buoy and round-the-rock courses tested the talents of seasoned sailors and weekend warriors alike on the second day of racing in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. The 62 yacht ...

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Wild Racing on Day 1 at St. Thomas International Regatta

The crew of Dark Star, a J/105 owned by Jonathan Lipuscek, look as if they were swallowed by a wave while racing down the south side of St. Thomas to Charlotte Amalie Harbor.
Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Spectacular broaches, inadvertent jibes, man overboard rescues and crazy capsizes created a dramatic start to the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. Some of the 62 yachts sailing in this March ...

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62 to Battle at St. Thomas International Regatta

Sailors gather the night before the first start at the St. Thomas International Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Sixty-two yachts from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe cast off Friday in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. Hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club March 27 to 29, ...

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Caribbean Regatta Schedule: April to December 2015

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Photo courtesy of Antigua Classics Regatta

Every season is regatta season in the Caribbean. Here is a sampling of some of the events happening for the rest of 2015. For a full list of events please confirm on our calendar: http://www.allatsea.net/calendar/   April 2-6: Bequia Easter Regatta Some ...

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Saint Barth New Year’s Eve Parade

The owner of WinWin, (center) and his wife share the podium with skipper Clive Walker during the awards ceremony. Photo by Rosemond Gréaux

The 20th edition of the New Year’s Eve Parade in Saint Barth is the final regatta of the year. It takes place on the morning of December 31st, as the Port of Gustavia prepares for the biggest night of the ...

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Growth at Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week

J/24s Racing at Grenada Sailing Week

A very successful 3rd edition of this start of the year regatta took place from 29 Jan to 3 Feb 2015. As anyone knows, it is easier to start something than to maintain it, so it is great to see ...

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Records Fall At Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race

Steve McLaren’s schooner Elena of London. Photo curtesy of Peter Marshall/MGRBR

Despite light airs, three teams won their skipper’s weight in rum for breaking records in the 79th Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race held in January. The Double-Handed Monohull record for the 60 NM course went to Dave Staples on ...

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Strong Fleet Expected for St. Thomas International Regatta

Puerto Rico’s Jaime Torres’ “Smile and Wave”, one of five Melges 32s entered in the 2015 STIR. Credit: Dean Barnes

A sleek fleet of some 80 yachts is expected to compete in the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. Set for March 27 to 29 and hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, entries include a ...

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San Sebastian Vela Cup 2015

Jaime Torres’ winning Melges 32 Smile and Wave

While a massive party for Puerto Rico’s patron saint was happening in the streets of Old San Juan, top sailors from Puerto Rico battled light and shifty winds at the San Sebastian Vela Cup to fire up the 2015 North ...

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Racing Like It’s 1915 at the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

Sloop Sea Moon with instructor and crew. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Brooks

The waters around the British Virgin Islands have virtually stayed the same over the last century. Yet the sailboat racing has changed dramatically. The early 20th century saw skippers of hand-built wooden Tortola sloops race their goods to market, whereas ...

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Action Packed Key West Race Week

GC32 foiling catamaran Argo having rounded the windward mark. Photo by Ingrid Abery

Classic champagne sailing was enjoyed across three divisions at Quantum Key West Race Week. The regatta opened in light airs and gathered momentum as the week progressed to the crescendo of a final day in the Conch Republic. The renowned ...

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