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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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Youth Sailing Development Top Priority for CSA

Junior Sailing Regatta at Clarke’s Court Bay. Photo courtesy of Sarah Baker & Steve Brett

The future viability and vitality of any sport lies with its youth. In 2013, the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) made youth sailing development one of its top priorities. “We all know unless we have new youths coming into the sport, ...

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Sailing Blind

Jim Kerr at St. Thomas Yacht Club. Photo: Jan Robinson

Close your eyes. Now, sail a boat. Feel the tension in the lines, listen to the waves against the hull and smelling the freshening of a sea breeze. This is what sailing blind is all about. It’s something that U.S. ...

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Deadline Near for International Optimist Regatta, Sea Star Clinic & Sea Star Team Race

Left, St. Thomas’ Teddy Nicolosi, who finished second overall, right behind the BVI’s Rayne Duff, Right, overall winner of the 2014 International Optimist Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Register now! The International Optimist Regatta (IOR), one of the first and largest regattas in the Caribbean to promote youth sailing, plus kick-off Sea Star Clinic and Sea Star Team Race, will take place June ...

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Visione Wins 2015 St. Barth Bucket

Win Win finished fourth in class A - Les Gazelles des Mers

After three days of competitive sailing, Hasso Plattner’s beautiful 147ft Reichel/Pugh deign Visione, took top honors as overall winner of the 2015 St. Barth Bucket, which took place March 20-22. Visione was also the class winner for Les Gazelles des ...

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Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2015

Photo: YCCS/BIM

The final race day of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous was a fittingly gripping affair that brought three days of hard-fought and incredibly tight racing to a close and saw overall victory awarded to P2 (Class A) and ...

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Curaçao Youth Championship

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  The third week of February, Youth Sailing Curaçao (YSCO) organized the international Curaçao Youth Championship in Caracas Bay. As is traditional at this time of year, the winds were strong and conditions in the open sea challenging. Four days ...

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Melges 24 GFA Caraibes winner in Class Gill Commodores Cup, second in Class St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo by Gary Brown/OceanMedia

Strong winds, sunshine, 2000 lusty sailors and the largest racing fleet in the Caribbean, gave the organizers of the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta the opportunity to lay on a tremendous spectacle – and they didn’t fail. In CSA1, Doug ...

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