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AED Fund gives new AEDs to St. Croix, VI (from left): Sean Santos, VIPD/Marine/Training; Jason Henry, St. Croix Rescue Field Ops/Marine; Cher Will, AED Fund; Howard Forbes, Sr., DPNR Police/Environmental Enforcement;- Shauna Richards, Office of Sen. Sanes; -Mark Corneiro, VIPD Act. Deputy Chief, and Modestus John-Baptiste, St. Croix Rescue Asst. Chief.

Automatic External Defibrillators presented to Marine First Responders in St. Croix In December, the AED Fund presented new Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the St. Croix Rescue Squad, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), the Virgin Islands Police Department Marine …

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The VHF Radio Distress Call

VHF Radio Distress Call: British Post Office engineers inspect Guglielmo Marconi’s  wireless telegraphy (radio) equipment, during a demonstration on Flat Holm Island, 13 May 1897. This was the world’s first demonstration of the transmission of radio signals over open sea, between Lavernock Point and Flat Holm Island, a distance of three miles.

Radio or ‘wireless’ was first used aboard ships early in the 20th century. The wireless signal itself was just the carrier for telegraph and telephone messages through the ether. Telegraphy was sent via Morse code and telephony was done by …

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Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta, St. Joh, USVI

Saying there’s something for everyone is definitely not an overstatement at the Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta. In fact, the fleet competing in this 34th annual event held November 27th to 28th on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John, ranged …

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Canfield Named ‘2015 Virgin Islands Sailor of the Year’ by Virgin Islands Sailing Association for Third Year

Canfield, far right, and his team racing in the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, presented by AeroMD, in December in St. Thomas. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (January 31, 2016). It’s not everyone that can start skippering a revolutionary boat at the beginning of a year and end that same year as it’s classes’ world champion. This impressive feat is the defining …

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New IGY Marina Program Gives Back to Local Communities

"Inspire Giving Through You" by IGY Marinas:Repairs and maintenance to a community pool facility in St. Thomas is on the list of IGY projects. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Loveland

A new initiative is linking sea and shore-side communities. ‘Inspire Giving through You’ is a community-based initiative launched in November by IGY Marinas, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-headquartered international marina network spanning two hemispheres. The first projects get underway this month in …

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St. Lucia’s Mango Bowl Regatta: Sailors Enjoy Sweet Success

Mango Bowl Regatta: David Onyons’ Happy Morning, winner in Cruising. Photo: Kenmore Henville

The four-year-old Mango Bowl Regatta is still in its infancy compared to many Caribbean sailing competitions. Yet this St. Lucia Yacht Club-hosted event, raced November 27th to 29th, is finding sweet success as the number of entries and classes continue …

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Race to Cuba!

Race To Cuba!: Havana Regatta

The list is getting impressive and it appears there’s a lot of pent-up interest from Americans looking to distance race to Havana. After the surprise rapprochement and the reopening of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba last December, conventional …

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40 Boats Enjoy Keen Competition At Discover the Caribbean

Discover the Caribbean: IC 24s, the largest fleet in the regatta, race to the gate. Photo by Maria Fernanda Rodriguez

Custom made courses, nearly ideal conditions and great participation proved a highly successful combination for the 40 boats from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands that competed in the 26th Discover the Caribbean regatta. Hosted out of the Ponce Yacht …

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St. Croix International Regatta: Stanton & Lipuscek Win Weight in Rum

St. Croix International Regatta: Downwind Spinnaker Class start, race to Christiansted: Pipedream, Bad Monkey (ex-Luxury Girl), and Dark Star. Photo: Ellen Sanpere

  There were several ways to win at the St. Croix Yacht Club’s 23rd International Regatta, held November 14th to 16th. First, keelboat sailors could champion their class in either the one-day Captain Nick’s Race or two-day International Regatta. Secondly, …

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Sailing with Charlie: Sailing with Music

Sailing With Charlie Humor by Julian PutleyCartoon by Christine Taylor

Charlie likes music; he also likes silence, but there’s a time and place for everything. When there’s a high pressure system over the islands and the atmosphere is crystal clear; and when this is accompanied by a light 10 to …

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Buoys Part II: The Cardinal Rule

Buoys II: The Cardinal Rule Which direction would you steer to avoid the danger? Photo: OceanMedia

Boaters growing up sailing in the United States who still spend their time solely in U.S. waters face two navigational quandaries. First, we are metrically challenged. As long as our charts display soundings in ‘feet’ and not ‘meters’, we are …

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St. Barth Cata Cup: Belgians in First Place

2015 St. Barth Cata Cup Teams from around the world competed in the 8th edition of the Saint Barth Cata Cup. Photo: Rosemond Gréaux

The weekend of November 18-22 marked the eighth annual St Barth Cata Cup, a competition for F18 catamarans. Organized locally, the event has attracted attention on an international basis, with competitors from a dozen countries coming to this tiny French …

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High Praise for the Lowly Baro

High Praise for the Lowly Barometer Sailing Humor by Cap'n Fatty Goodlander

Just moments after Evangelista Torricelli invented the barometer in 1643, some poetic graffiti artist (Bobby Fitzroy, actually) wrote the words STORMY, VERY DRY, FAIR, CHANGE, and RAIN on its face—and doomed the instrument to the quasi-mystical category forever. Well, up …

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Ahoy! Happy MMXVI

All At Sea Jan 2016 Happy MMXVI

Welcome to the first All At Sea of 2016. At this time, many editors like to look astern as the highlights of the past year bob in their wake but we are not going to do that, instead, we are …

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Regatta Preview: January to March

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta Rendezvous

Race the Caribbean this winter!  Islands from Puerto Rico south to Grenada host regattas for all types of boats, from hi-tech production yachts to native work boats, monohulls to multihulls, and everything in-between, including a growing number of one-design classes.  …

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Register Now! Win Team Tech Shirts! – St. Thomas International Regatta, March 25-27, 2016

St. Thomas International Regatta 2016

Picture yourself standing on the prize-winner podium in the Caribbean’s only over-the-water regatta stage and showing your team’s colors! This is your opportunity if you register for the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), March 25-27, 2016 – Now! “In an …

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Lateral Marks For Pilotage

Cluster of buoys. Photo: Arne Hückelheim

The Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel, was shrouded in thick fog on January 11, 1971 when the tanker Texaco Caribbean was struck by the freighter Paracas. The collision caused the tanker to explode, split in …

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The Fourth BrISA-El Meson Fun Day Regatta

Fourth Brisa-El Mason Fun Day Regatta

The Borinquen Island Sailing Association’s West Chapter (BrISA Oeste) and Marina Pescaderia, located in Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo on the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico, recently celebrated the 4th edition of the BrISA – El Meson Fun Day regatta. The …

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First Annual James Dobbs Memorial Regatta

Fast start in First Annual James Dobbs Memorial Regatta in Antigua

A group of Antigua’s top sailors gathered on October 11th to honor the memory of James Dobbs of Lost Horizon II fame, who passed away on September 4. It wasn’t a solemn affair at all. Instead, it was a day of …

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Team BVI Wins 2015 Caribbean Dinghy Championships

Puerto Rico 2015 Caribbean Dinghy Championship Winners BVI

Team BVI successfully defended its title by championing the 2015 Caribbean Dinghy Championships (CDC). Run under the auspices of the Caribbean Sailing Association, this is the first time in the CDC’s history that Puerto Rico has hosted this regatta. BVI …

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