Apart from the occasional hurricane to remind us that the Caribbean does have a season, weather in the islands is pretty much the same year round.

When Bob Dillon sang <em>The</em> <em>Times they are a Changing</em> he could have been warbling to the Caribbean marine industry

Caribbean News and Views from around the region for November 2011

It's the granddaddy of all offshore rallies and judging by the fleet assembling in Las Palmas this November, it is growing stronger by the year.

As a commercial skipper living in the Caribbean I have seen incredible changes in the charter boat industry.

Many dream of selling up and moving to the Caribbean to operate a term charter boat business. Pieter Bakker did just that but then in an unusual move, Bakker turned his back on term charter to offer day sails instead.

Just like the e-revolution, boatyards are evolving at a tremendous pace. Newer and larger hoists are operating in cleaner yards, and facilities are realizing the importance of having onsite chandleries, business centers, restaurants and bars.

The St. Maarten marine service industry took a large step forward in July with the arrival of a new 75 ton KMI Sea-Lift. The lift is said to be the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.

This was the ninth Anguilla Regatta and I have been to every one. As a journalist, I should remain impartial, but when it comes to the Anguilla Regatta, it gets my vote as one of the best on the Caribbean Calendar.

It started with an ad in a British newspaper: Fancy rafting across the Atlantic? Famous traveler requires three crew. Must be OAP. Serious adventurers only.

Yacht Club News from around the region for May 2011

Editor's Log for April 2011

Editor's Log for March 2011

Have you crossed an ocean under sail? How would you like to repeat the challenge in a rowing boat? Australian Margaret Bowling is doing just that.

Much has been written about the rights and wrongs of allowing youngsters to set out on solo long-distance voyages. I have been critical of such voyages in the past, so how would I get along with Laura Dekker?

Caribbean News from around the region for December 2010

Thirty years ago it was possible to plan the Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta on the back of a beer mat. Today, to run a successful regatta requires a team of dedicated professionals working year round.

Cornell watched as on November 25, 1986, the starting cannon was fired from a Spanish Navy frigate and 204 yachts from 24 nations set sail on the inaugural ARC on the largest trans-ocean race ever staged.

After months of negotiations between the St. Maarten Marine Trade Association and the St. Maarten Harbor Authority, bridge and mooring fees have been reduced for yachts 8-18m (26.4 - 59.5ft) in length.