Rum Review: Dictador 12 Years — Colombia

The minute Terry realized Dictador rum was made in Cartagena, Colombia she knew we had to review. Cartagena is a magical city of narrow streets with flower-draped window boxes and colorful street performers that charm and entertain. Colombia is one …

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Palm, Punch, and Passion

Hand tooling a belt. Photo by Jan Hein

While punching holes for a hand-tooled leather bag, Annalea Mills recounted the incredible nautical journey that brought her to the studio she occupies in Antigua’s Falmouth Harbor. There was never an intent to become a sailor nor an artisan leathersmith, …

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Secrets of the Acklins Island Group

Time to explore the Acklins Island Group, consisting of three islands in the shape of a triangle surrounding a shallow bank. In the 19th century these islands were prosperous due to cotton plantations developed by Loyalist fleeing the newly formed …

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Little Fish in Big Trouble, Researchers Say

Courtesy of the Pew Charitable Trusts

  Global demand is surging for forage fish which are used to make pet food, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, fertilizer and feed for animals and aquaculture operations. Their eggs are a delicacy. They are vulnerable to pollution and climate change which …

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Sailboat to Trawler

Debbie, John and canine Kirby aboard AfterMath somewhere in the Caribbean. Photo: Debbie Daigle

From the salon of their 48-foot Hatteras trawler, AfterMath, Debbie Daigle and her husband, John, speak wistfully but without much regret about leaving their sailing days in the wake of twin props. “We loved sailing,” Debbie, a retired school teacher, …

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Balmar Announces Regulator Support for Lithium Batteries

Balmar Announces Regulator Support for Lithium Batteries

Balmar LLC, the leading manufacturer of onboard DC charging systems for cruising sail and power boats today announced enhanced support for the charging of lithium batteries. Balmar’s MC-614, MC-624 and MC-612-DUAL smart regulators have all been equipped with an additional …

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New Fund Established to Help Hurricane-ravaged Barbuda

Destroyed Housing on Barbuda courtesy of Simply Antigua and Barbuda

Waitt Institute Sets up Emergency Relief Fund for Humanitarian Aid In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma on Barbuda, a partner community of the San Diego-based Waitt Institute, the Institute has established the “Barbuda Restoration & Conservation Trust<http://www.waittinstitute.org/barbuda-hurricane-relief>.” …

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Rum Review: Papa’s Pilar 24

Papa's Pilar

Our favorite tour in Key West, by far, was the Hemingway Home on Whitehead Street.  Ernest Hemingway, known by many as “Papa,” had a penchant for adventure and fine rums. The Hemingway Rum Company pays homage to this icon of …

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IGY Marinas Promote Three to Lead Operations in Key Regions

Isle de Sol Marina dredging project

Island Global Yachting Marinas have promoted three company team members. Brian Deher has been promoted to regional director: marina operations and planning, Caribbean and Latin America; Gili Wojnowich has been named regional director: marina operations and planning, United States, Bahamas …

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The Rise of Caribbean ‘Boutique’ Regattas

Are ‘Boutique’ regattas the coming thing?

Small regattas are nothing new in the Caribbean. What is possibly trend-setting is intentionally creating a small regatta that caters to one-class of competitors. ‘Boutique Regatta’ is a term coined by Puerto Rico’s veteran race officer and regatta organizer, David …

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Pilot Program Coaches Young Islanders in Sailing

BVI kids in Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society summer camp who participated in the pilot program in 2016

The Caribbean boasts all the components for some of the best sailing in the world: ever-blowing tradewinds, water, water everywhere and boats of all types. Yet, on many islands, younger generations have moved away from seafaring trades. This has led …

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