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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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Legendary Caribbean Guide Chris Doyle: On Tour

Photographing the view from atop The Quill, Statia. Photo: Lexi Fisher

The name Chris Doyle is synonymous with Caribbean cruising. His guidebooks, which cover every port and gunk hole from Anguilla to Trinidad, have educated, entertained, steered and saved many a sailor venturing from A to B. He’s been at it …

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A Classic Celebration

Columbia with her freeing ports working overtime. Photo Jan Hein

  Nelsons Dockyard was the quintessential venue for Antigua’s 30th Classic Regatta. Nearly 50 vessels sailed in flying flags from Canada, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Bermuda, the Netherlands and beyond. One journeyed from the west coast of Mexico via Panama …

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Time Travel

A charming beach bar in Capesterre. Photo Jan Hein

Most islands are visited by cruisers and charter guests for a list of amenities – full service marinas; beach bars oozing charm with signature drinks, and marine stores with shelves bending from new, must-have gear. But Marie-Galante – located approximately …

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The Winds of Change

Jarad and Christel Astin … aka Stell and Snuggs

Musicians Jarad and Christel Astin had a sweet life on New Jersey’s Rockaway Beach. Two young daughters, burgeoning careers, friends and family close by. But in late October 2012, everything took a wild tack when news broke that a storm …

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A Rock and Roll Race

Getting started was the first hazard of the race. Photo by Jan Hein

Antigua’s Wobbly Race, a build-your-own-boat contest, has two simple rules. No engines are allowed and each vessel must incorporate two pieces of paper thin plywood. On the flip side, imaginations are allowed to run wild. Cheating is openly encouraged. There …

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His Last Sail: In Honor of Mr. Albert Hughes

Albert Hughes

In early January we were anchored in Anguilla’s Road Bay, enjoying the calm after the Christmas winds. Life on the beach was workboat casual – a constant stream of small vessels loaded with tourists, divers and folk who fish. The …

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Thirty Years of Classic Yacht Regatta Success

Classic Yacht Regatta

When Antigua Sailing Week began in 1967, pretty much every boat in the fleet was a classic. Most were charter yachts that ended their season by racing to and from Guadeloupe. Race Week expanded; boats evolved into modern machines; and …

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The Schooner Columbia’s Caribbean Debut

Photos by Jan Hein

When Columbia, the replica of a 141ft Gloucester Fishing Schooner, rounded the point into Antigua’s Falmouth Harbor for the first time, nearby bars and eateries emptied out. Customers fled their seats, hurrying dockside to check out the vessel that had …

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Ivar Carty – From Father To Son

Part of the day’s catch in Ivar’s boat. Photo by Jan Hein

One of Anguilla’s legends, Ivar Carty, was an unpretentious mariner known around the island as Ivar the Diver. Each morning, weather permitting, he launched a 12ft boat from his home on the beach, climbing in with a bailer, buckets and …

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A Castle on the Sea

sailing adventure

The last time I saw Picton Castle she was under full, magnificent sail, cutting a path through the 2015 Classic Regatta fleet in Antigua, bound for Aruba before turning north toward her Nova Scotia home. I journeyed with the ship …

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The Sailing Sculptor

Sailing Sculptor : Victor in his floating workshop

Looking at Victor Hempel’s carved creations, it’s difficult to fathom how he knew there was a giant crab lying within a hunk of neem or that a sea turtle lurked inside a piece of star coral. His artistic insight is …

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Deshaies … Death in Paradise: Case Closed

Deshaies Death In Paradise Case Closed: The most colorful customs house in the Caribbean. Photo by Jan Hein

For years we sailed past the Guadeloupe anchorage of Deshaies, wondering what treasures lay within its grasp. Always, my eyes strained through binoculars, searching for clues. “What d’ya think is in there?” I’d query the captain. But off we’d sail, …

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Sandy Spirits: Beach Bars That Rock

Sandy Spirits: Beach Bars That Rock Keep your head down - Sunset Beach Bar, St. Maarten. Photo by Jan Hein

A beach and a bar form a perfect union. Working together, they create a venue where thirsty clients can heat up and cool down while enjoying a watery view. However, they’re not created equal – these bars on the beach – …

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Casting Off With Kids

Boat Cruising with kids.

Since we made the decision to build a boat and cruise long before we considered parenthood, our son was born into a world of life jackets and safety lines. As we readied the boat for the first ocean passage, friends …

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The Cinderella Sailor

Kirsty Morrison female skipper Pink Lady

Kirsty Morrison can hardly be held accountable for her insatiable love of sailing. Some might consider her attraction for boats to be genetic; she is the daughter of Fraser and Sue Morrison, longtime sailors who retired to a cruising boat …

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Carriacou Regatta: The Tradition Lives On

The new build. Photo by Jan Hein

2015 is a monumental year for Grenada’s minute island of Carriacou, marking the 50th anniversary of their most famous vessel and the beginning of one of the longest running regattas in the region. In the 1960s, J. Linton Rigg sailed …

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The Secrets of Sandy Ground

Sandy Ground. Photo by Jan Hein

Anguilla’s Road Bay is a wide, lazy sweep of clear water colored every shade of Caribbean blue. It’s lightly populated by local fish and fun boats, a handful of cruisers, the daily dozen bare boats, an occasional mega yacht and …

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Carriacou: Down Island Time Travel

The anchorage in Tyrell Bay. Photo by Janet Hein

Sailing into Carriacou’s Tyrell Bay is a refreshing tack back in time. The bay, nearly half-a-mile wide, meets the land in a gentle curve, attached by a ribbon of sand and road. The bay often accommodates over 100 vessels flying …

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The Art of Julie Savage Lea

Julie Savage Lea

Bequia’s Mango Tree Gallery is open if and when the need arises; by appointment only. The small, West Indian structure, camouflaged by blooms that wind and bind the place into a botanical knot, opens to determined visitors via a filigreed …

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