Laser Sailors Mark Your Calendars!

Competitor and organizer of the St. Martin Laser Championship Frits Bus

The annual Open Caribbean Laser Championship will take place in St. Martin’s Baie Orientale (Orient Bay), over the weekend of June 23 – 25. Backed by longtime sponsor Island Water World, organizers say they are expecting representatives from many Caribbean …

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Rough Seas Hamper Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament

The Budget Marine and Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association Wahoo Blowout held March 11-12 out of the Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club, Bayshore, had more to contend with than just fish. The Tournament comprised two days fishing with 66 …

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Island Water World Celebrate 50th Anniversary 

Island Water World celebrates 50 years in business (from left): managing director Sean Kennelly, group general manager Birgit Röthel and Jaime Tyree with members of the company’s founding family; Bert Dickerson, Chet Dickerson, Sally Dickerson and Jim Dickerson (sitting). Photo Gary Brown/OceanMedia

A large crowd gathered at Island Water World’s flagship store in Cole Bay, St. Maarten in March to celebrate the marine store’s 50th Anniversary. Drinks flowed, speeches were made and a dazzling fireworks display lit the night sky. Many members …

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Ten Top Caribbean Music Festivals You Can Reach By Sea

Nevis Blues Festival

There’s nothing better than listening to music with the sights and sounds of the surf in the background. The Caribbean is famous for its many music festivals, from those that feature high-profile productions with well-known names to regional rock stars. …

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Plantation Trinidad Vs. Barbados

    In January 2016, we selected a rum from Plantation’s Old Reserve Collection, in which each rum hails from a different Caribbean Island. We “traveled” to the island of Barbados, where the sugar cane produced a rum layered with …

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Sailing with Charlie: Vive La Difference

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Charlie’s just started re-reading the 1970s classic: Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance. Among other things it describes the difference between riding a motorbike on long trips and doing the same thing sitting in a car. The former …

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Shark Boats in Hot Pursuit

Metal Shark 36 Fearless built for the Puerto Rico Police Department

Nautical law enforcement professionals in the Caribbean now have new tools to fight illegal activities such as piracy, drug running and immigrant smuggling at sea. That is, vessels built by Jeanerette, Louisiana-based Metal Shark Boats that can intercept vessels at …

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Bonaire International and Local Fishing Tournament

Anglers swap war stories after a long day of fishing. Photo: Vincent Lendering of VINNIE Designs

The Bonaire International & Local Fishing Tournament held in the bountiful waters of Bonaire was another huge success. Organized by NAPA and the It Rains Fishes restaurant, the end of January tournament has become a staple event for ardent anglers …

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RORC Caribbean 600: A Totally Unique Race

Bella Mente – Overall winner of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. Photo by Tim Wright Photoaction.com

The 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean. Close to 900 sailors from 30 different nations competed in the 9th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s classic offshore …

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Pan Pepín International Dinghy Regatta

Osvaldo E De Leon Lebrón takes an early bath. Photo: Pastrana Manuel Josue

Seamanship, sportsmanship and dogged perseverance were all on display at the Pan Pepín International Dinghy Regatta, hosted out of Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico in early February. Ninety-four sailors from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin …

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A Rock and Roll Race

Getting started was the first hazard of the race. Photo by Jan Hein

Antigua’s Wobbly Race, a build-your-own-boat contest, has two simple rules. No engines are allowed and each vessel must incorporate two pieces of paper thin plywood. On the flip side, imaginations are allowed to run wild. Cheating is openly encouraged. There …

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The Skinny on Ham Radio, Fatty-Style

  Up until recently I recommended that all circumnavigators have valid, legal amateur radio (ham) licenses. Sadly, I no longer do. This isn’t to say shipboard ham radio is dead. It is not. In many ways it is better than …

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Safe Speed Rule

Time to apply the safe speed rules

If you think about it conceptually, two vessels in a meeting situation must be able to successfully stop within a hair’s breadth of each other in order to avoid a collision at sea. That, in a nutshell, is the raison …

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