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Julian Putley is the author of ‘The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI’, ‘Sunfun Calypso’, and ‘Sunfun Gospel’.

Sailing with Charlie: Global Warming

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Climate Change has been in the news lately. There is no doubt that climate change and global warming are fact. But there seems to be some confusion as to whether it’s man-made or a natural Phenomenon – or, more likely, …

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The Little Yellow Boat

  Sometimes unexpected pleasures arise out of the blue (pun apology). A message came that a cruising lady, Shirley Carter, was passing through the Virgin Islands, a lady friend from 25 years ago, from another continent, a lifetime ago. We …

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Sailing with Charlie: Pets

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Charlie’s a bit ambivalent about pets aboard a cruising boat. When he sees a beautiful retriever, or even an island mutt, standing on the bow of an inflatable dinghy whizzing toward shore, ears pinned back by the breeze, tongue lolling …

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The Sinking of The Kodiak Queen

The Players

It was almost a carnival atmosphere close to Virgin Gorda’s Mountain Point on April 9th. The celebration was to mark the transition of the Kodiak Queen, formerly the US Navy’s YO44 and Pearl Harbor survivor, from a derelict and abandoned …

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Sailing with Charlie: Water Toys

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

It certainly is a changing world. Charlie remembers, as if it were yesterday, his first water toy. It was a rubber duck in the bathtub, used as an enticement to get him into the hated weekly washing regimen in England’s …

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The Kraken and the Kodiak Queen

Dive Kodiak Queen Kraken

When Sir Richard Branson and Unite BVI, a non-profit organization; an entrepreneurial group, the Maverick1000; a team of artists called Secret Samurai Productions and a dedicated dive company, Commercial Dive Services all pop up in the news something unique must …

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Sailing with Charlie: Gone to Come Back?

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

May is a transition month. It’s a time when the season changes from winter to summer. We see it in our weather patterns. In the winter the northern Caribbean often gets bashed by the southern tip of cold fronts that …

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Sailing with Charlie: Vive La Difference

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Charlie’s just started re-reading the 1970s classic: Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance. Among other things it describes the difference between riding a motorbike on long trips and doing the same thing sitting in a car. The former …

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Sailing with Charlie: Regatta

Caribbean regattas

Regatta – what a wonderful word. It sounds like an Italian dessert or perhaps a pasta dish. Actually, it does have its origins in Italy and it meant ‘contention for mastery’. From gondola racing in Venice it now applies to …

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Sailing With Charlie: Referendum

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Happy New Year, Everyone! Hope people have now got over the cataclysmic shift in the world’s political landscape during the latter months of the old year. Brexit and Trump certainly stole the limelight with their isolationist policies. The whole scenario, …

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Sailing with Charlie: The Renaissance Man

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This meaningless question is often asked by adults of five year olds at family gatherings with a comical response expected, or at least a response that would lead to further …

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Sailing with Charlie: Fishing Karma

fishing karma

I wrote a story not long ago about how we humans could learn a lesson or two from our underwater world. As we dive or snorkel through the clear warm waters of our coral reefs we see no signs of aggression …

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Pirates of the Virgin Islands

pirates BVI

The British Virgin Islands have long been associated with pirate activity. There’s fantasy, hearsay, hyperbole, myth and fiction – and a nugget of truth here and there. We know that Sir Francis Drake passed through these islands in 1595 in …

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Sailing with Charlie: Crew

crew

Even before the passage she made it known that she wanted nothing to do with George, the first mate. “He keeps looking at my boobs,” she complained, “he’s ogling my bum as well.” More and more yachts are moving around …

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Sailing with Charlie: Fear!

Fear

Hurricane season is here again and as we approach September, the most prominent month for tropical storms, we must all keep a watchful eye on the weather and be ready to make defensive preparations if necessary. For boaters that means …

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Sailing with Charlie: Tea Integrity

Sailing with Charlie: Tea Integrity ; Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

“There’s a leak, a big leak. There’s been a big leak.” Frightening words indeed, especially when shouted up from down below while your boat is sailing close hauled in 25kts of wind with the rail under. Charlie quickly handed the …

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Sailing with Charlie: Terminology and the Neophyte

sailing with charlie terminology

Landlubbers often have a very hard time when it comes to understanding nautical terminology and undoubtedly it’s challenging; almost like learning a whole new language. Terms like gollywobbler, gooseneck, slippery hitch and barber-hauler are all part of this lingo as …

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Yacht Safety: Oxygen Deprivation Corrosion

yacht safety: Oxygen deprivation corrosion:The propeller shaft inside the tube, where you can’t see it, is prone to crevice corrosion. Photo: OceanMedia

Recently a senior pilot for US Airways told me that on commercial airplanes all operational hours are meticulously logged, and how regulations dictate that essential mechanical and electronic parts are replaced after a certain number of hours regardless of whether …

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