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Curaçao Family Build Yacht

The van Grieken family under the hull. Photo Alexine Hollander

Most people take up gardening or amateur photography in their spare time. Meet Chris van Grieken; he’s building a 40ft yacht in his shed. A contractor by trade, Chris toyed with the idea of designing his own boat for years. …

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Piet Dijk Race & Carnival Sail

J24s in action

It was a great day for sailing say the Curaçao Watersport Association Jan Sofat, organizers of the 39th Piet Dijk Race sailed in late February. Even though rough weather had been expected, conditions ended up being favorable, with 17 knots …

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Nautical Holiday Happenings

Lighted Boat Parade – St. Croix, USVI

There might not be snow and sleigh rides, but the spirit of the yuletide holidays is alive throughout the Caribbean. Here is a sampling of nautical holiday happenings. LIGHTED BOAT PARADES Deck your decks with lights, ornaments and festively-dressed crew. …

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Budget Marine Challenge 2016: Anchors Aweigh!

Budget Marine Challenge 2016

  Heavy winds and a challenging anchor start gave competitors plenty to think about as the Budget Marine Challenge 2016 got underway in Curaçao. This was the 12th edition of the Budget Marine Challenge, sailed in June, which saw competitors …

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Papiamento Island

Curacao Papiamento Island : Traditional Amsterdam architecture combined with Caribbean colors makes for a whimsical and attractive setting for diners in downtown Willemstad

“I speak four languages,” says the taxi driver as he chauffeurs me from Curaçao’s airport to downtown Willemstad. “English, Dutch and Spanish. And Papiamento.” Papiamento, a mélange of English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Dutch even contains some African tribal dialect. Spicy, …

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Caribbean News: WSV Curacao Windsurfing Series 2015 Award Ceremony

Caribbean News: WSV Curacao Windsurfing Series 2015 Award Ceremony

WSV Curaçao Windsurfing Series 2015 Award Ceremony The official Award Ceremony of the 2015 WSV Curaçao Windsurfing Series took place at the ‘Surf village’ Saint Joris Bay in January. This important competition, organized by The Windsurfing Association of Curaçao (WSVC) and in cooperation with …

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2015 Boatyard Round-Up. What’s New?

IMM Guadeloupe

Business at Caribbean boatyards booms during hurricane season. Here’s what’s new at a sampling of yards in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. IMM, Guadeloupe People power is making this full-service yard in Pointe-A-Pitre an even bigger draw to owners …

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Know When To Say No

Louise (left) and Candy aboard the rescue boat

It was around breakfast time in Spanish Water, Curaçao, when a woman’s voice came up on VHF channel 72. She spoke in rapid French and was clearly stressed. We couldn’t understand much, just that they were somewhere outside the anchorage …

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Curaçao Youth Championship

  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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Restoring the Last Sailing Freighter of the ABC Islands

Part of the restoration team, from left: Nicky Pietersz, Jessy Rosaria, François van der Hoeven, Leo Makaai, Shirly Juana-Thomas and Charles Juana

Sixty-four years ago, in 1951, Bonairean boat builder Etche Craane built the wooden cargo sloop Stormvogel. Today, a group of dedicated enthusiasts have launched Project Stormvogel aimed at restoring the last sailing freighter of the ABC islands and keeping this …

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