Boat Building is a Way of Life in Carriacou

Builder Nero McLawrence (left) discusses the project. Photo by Jan Hein

From Carriacou’s main town of Hillsborough, fast moving buses wind their way up and over hills to a tiny hamlet, aptly named Windward. Depending on the collection and delivery of people and lunches, it takes anywhere from ten minutes to …

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Being a Key West “Local” Has its “Quirks”

I knew I had become a “local” on the island of Key West when I recognized Chris Peterson, drag queen extraordinaire, in his street clothes walking to work at La-Te-Da on Duval Street. I had seen the musical, “The Legend of …

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BVI Strong Poker Run HUGE Success with 263 Boats

Puerto Rican Pride at the 2018 BVI Poker Run. Photo: Javier Lopez, JL Consulting

On Sunday May 27th, Leverick Bay Resort and Marina hosted the 2018 ‘BVI Strong’ Poker Run, with 263 boats and about 2,000 participants. The event – even larger than the previous year’s massive event – departed from, and returned to, …

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Professional Charter Yacht Captain Anna Orchard

Captain Anna Orchard checks the equipment before a dive

A sense of freedom. No two days or ocean conditions alike. The solemn responsibility for passenger and vessel safety while constantly encountering new experiences. These are a few reasons why Anna Orchard enjoys her career as a professional charter yacht captain. …

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Planning for Tides & the Rule of Twelfths

Tidal terms. Diagram by Ulamn/Wikipedia

Very simply stated, tides are the vertical rise and fall of sea level caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun, and the rotation of the Earth. Depending on the size of …

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By Cruise Ship to the ABC Islands

Aruba’s free-to-ride San Francisco style streetcar, in service since 2013, is an attraction in itself. Photo by Els Kroon

Exploring the Caribbean on a sailing boat is the dream of many, however, if you don’t own a yacht, cruise ships offer the perfect solution. When the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur expanded from Europe to the Caribbean, they set their …

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Ten Top Caribbean Waterfalls to Visit

Butterfly Falls, Belize. Photo: Belize Tourism Board

There’s nothing as refreshing as a waterfall. These vertical rivers of water are found throughout the world, however it’s the lush tropical foliage that makes Caribbean waterfalls so captivating. Here are ten waterfalls worth traveling ashore to see.  1. YS …

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Insights into Advances in Anode Metallurgy

  Boat owners have always embraced innovation. They have an innate ability to see the benefit of a new product or technology, and how it will affect their time on the water. Except for anodes. In the face of modern …

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Grenada: Where Everyone Knows Your Name

The anchorage in St George’s – the perfect place to watch the sun go down. Photo By Rosie Burr

Known as the Spice Island because of its numerous nutmeg plantations, Grenada is a tropical paradise full of mountains, rainforests, waterfalls, and beautiful beaches just waiting to be explored. Unlike many islands further north, which tend to be more seasonal, …

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Have You Ever Seen a Mermaid Playing a Piano

Many small islands of the Bahamas are privately owned, and this is especially true in the Exumas. How could the rich and famous pass up the opportunity to own their own island in paradise for $5 million and up? One …

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International Optimist Regatta: Peter Foley Wins

The USA’s Peter Foley, 2018 IOR/EMS winner

Speed and tactics proved the winning combination that led 13-year-old Peter Foley to place first overall at the 26th International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS) Virgin Islands, and hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club …

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More Than a Flash of Lightning

For the first time since becoming a country, Sint Maarten is sending a sailing team to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, where they will compete in the Lightning class.  Garth Steyn, President of the Sint Maarten Sailing Federation …

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Six Questions with MIASF’s Phil Purcell

  He sits at the helm of the largest marine trade organization in the Southeastern U.S, one that represents nearly 140,000 employees, injects $11.5 billion into the regional economy and draws visitors from 50-plus countries to its Fort Lauderdale International …

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