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Jol Byerley’s Jan 09 Letter from Antigua

Long ago and far away, Commander Vernon Nicholson R.N. Ret. had what amounted to a brilliant idea.  After  having arrived in Antigua with his wife Emy, having sailed across the Atlantic in their 1903 70ft schooner Mollihawk, he began the …

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Jol Byerley’s Nov 08 Letter from Antigua

Imagine how surprised I was when just the other day I read Peter Muilenburg’s piece about his Schipperke (Belgium Barge Dog,) Santos. (Editor’s note:  Readers will find the article in the September 2008 issue of All at Sea or online …

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Jol Byerley’s Apr 08 Letter from Antigua

Written in 1974 in Jerrems C. Hart and William T. Stone’s “A Cruising Guide to the Caribbean and the Bahamas:” When the Caribbean Islands burst through into the sunlight, the Gods in charge of the area must have had a …

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Jol Byerley’s Mar 08 Letter from Antigua

On Monday the 28th of January of this year, my old friend and ex-shipmate Hugh Bailey of the Catamaran Marina and Boatyard in Falmouth Harbour Antigua was called to Government House in St John’s, to be knighted by the First …

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Jol Byerley’s Feb 08 Letter from Antigua

It seems to me to be rather strange that alternate Christmas and New Year periods seem to be quite breezy and not very nice for yachtsmen in comparison to the average West Indian winters. This one was windy and rather …

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Jol Byerley’s Jan 08 Letter from Antigua

I think it was in the winter of 1966 that, having made an accepted offer for the beautiful 73ft Alden schooner Lord Jim, myself and a group of friends sailed her down from Long Island Sound to Antigua. We didn’t …

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Jol Byerley’s Dec 07 Letter from Antigua

Something like 49 years ago, the subject of this month’s “Letter” from Antigua, Andrew Dove, was born on a blustery day in the Essex town of Romford, England. When he was two years old, he and his English mother and …

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Jol Byerley’s Nov 07 Letter from Antigua

Just the other day I was sitting on the balcony outside Lord Jim’s Locker overlooking Falmouth Harbour. We were in the middle of a tropical wave which had taken the wind all around the clock and brought the clouds half …

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Jol Byerley’s Oct 07 Letter from Antigua

For some considerable time, I have to admit, I believed in ghosts! Mind you, this was way back in the 1950s and I had little choice in the matter, as the “ghost story” stemmed from Jenny, the young Norfolk girl …

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Jol Byerley’s Sept 07 Letter from Antigua

Somewhere around 46 years ago the very first Antiguan charter boat show was started by Commander Vernon Nicholson and his family and held in Nelson’s Dockyard. It was a very laid back affair and about 20 brokers visited the various …

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Jol Byerley’s Aug 07 Letter from Antigua

When I arrived in Antigua first of all in 1957 to run the 72 ft charter schooner Mollihawk for Commander Nicholson out of English Harbour, I probably would not have believed that I would still be here in Antigua 50 …

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Jol Byerley’s Jun 07 Letter from Antigua

The 20th Annual Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. On the first day of the Antigua Classic Regatta, it rather looked as if the weather Gods had badly let us down. For there was hardly any wind! Grey skies and a leaden …

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Jol Byerley’s May 07 Letter from Antigua

Just the other day Judy, my wife, had a phone call from my daughter Cary. It seemed as if she was in floods of tears. “Have you heard,” she gasped, “Lord Jim has sunk!” Now Cary had spent much of …

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Jol Byerley’s Feb 07 Letter from Antigua

I really find it very strange that Christmas, despite being only once a year, comes bounding along towards us at twice the speed of anything else. By the time you read this, we will be well into next year and, …

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Jol Byerley’s Jan 07 Letter from Antigua

With the harbours on Antigua’s south coast such as English Harbour (where chartering in the islands really began) and the much larger Falmouth Harbour and its three large marinas once again full, I had to remember my early days in …

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