Antigua Sailing Week: Renascence

Frank Loubaresse’s French Sunfast 3600 Twinl-Jaws 2

One hundred and sixteen teams from 37 different countries raced in the 51st edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Strong trade winds blew all week delivering heaven-sent conditions to over 1,000 competitors.  Sir Peter Harrison’s superyacht Sojana was awarded the coveted …

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Plan NOW for Junkanoo in the Bahamas

During the movie After the Sunset, you will see Pierce Brosnan running through a street festival in the Bahamas. From the moment I saw that scene I wanted to find out more about the festival and someday attend.  Turns out …

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2018 Lionfish Challenge Runs Through September 3

The hunt is on! Harvest lionfish from Florida’s waters and earn the chance to win up to $5,000. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is calling for all Sunshine State divers and anglers to register now at …

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Regatta Preview – June to December: Race On!

Discover the Caribbean Dinghy Regatta. Photo: Carlos Lee

The winter and early spring are known as ‘regatta season’ in the Caribbean. Yet there are competitive sailing events in the summer and fall too. Here is a sampling of what’s happening, where and how to join in the fun. …

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How To Conquer Short Term Weather Forecasting

Cirrostratus nebulosus, invisible but revealed by the halo presence. Photo: Wikipedia

Being a boater, whether under power or sail, requires situational awareness. Knowing what to expect from the tides, currents and weather when out on the water can make the difference between a relaxing cruise and a harrowing experience. Tides and …

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Sargassum Weed: Boon or Curse?

Ascension inlet, Curaçao, where vulnerable ecosystems may be under threat. Photo by Els Kroon

Until just a few years ago few people other than marine biologists and researchers had heard about sargassum, but when the invasive weed, originating from the mid-Atlantic Sargasso Sea, began devastating the shorelines of many Caribbean islands, scientists began taking …

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Rum Review: Grander 12 Year Old – Panama

It’s time to get back to reviewing rums that warm the heart and heal the soul. With rum’s burst in popularity, producers are rushing products to market in hopes of capitalizing on this growing industry. Trust us, we have bought …

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If Woodstock Would…

A steady hand – Gino Athill puts the finishing touches to his work on a J-Class yacht. Photo by Jan Hein

Nestled in the Antiguan village of Falmouth sits a cluster of yellow buildings, each defined by what lies inside. Open doors reveal tools, paint, welding supplies and building materials, in fact everything needed to construct, repair or enhance a vessel …

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Caribbean Sail Training: Broadening Horizons

The varnished deckhouse and ship’s boat aglow in the last rays of the setting sun. Photo by Gary E. Brown

French St. Martin is fast becoming the sail training/tall ship capital of the Caribbean. The latest ship to grace the commercial port of Marigot was the beautiful three-masted square rigger Christian Radich. I visited the ship before she left to …

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Rum Review: R.L. Seale’s 10 year Old

On the shelf sits a black bottle with a bronze seal, a crooked neck and what appears to be a molded hand wrapped around the neck. The bottle reads “Finest Barbados Rum.” It’s no secret how passionate we are about …

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BVI Spring Regatta: They Made it Happen!

BVI Spring Regatta foredeck fun

On the final day of racing in the 47th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta, the story was really about the fantastic job Nanny Cay and the regatta organizers have done to make this year’s BVI Spring Regatta event happen post …

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