Two special places that you must visit before you leave the island of St. Martin are Grand Case and Loterie Farm...

Wouldn't it be nice to sail from country to country throughout the Caribbean without the burden of knowing that you have to set aside valuable time to fill out mind numbing documentation upon arrival and departure?

As the first tropical depression of the season was brewing, we searched for cruising guides to Curaçao, sailors experienced with approaching Curaçao, and a safe haven for our sailboat once we arrived. We were too late.

Our boat has a 3.5m draft. Only after very memorable and embarrassing situations while navigating the Caribbean's anchorages, lagoons and harbor entrances did we gain a true understanding that 3.5 meters is just a blade of seaweed shy of 11.5 feet.

The Carlos Aguilar Match Race not only showcases the US Virgin Islands as a terrific sailing venue, it coincidentally has put two generations of local sailors in the limelight.

St. Maarten has become the place to have boat work done in the Caribbean.

Melissa, Holly and I had trekked, cycled and kayaked together in Patagonia, Turkey, Iceland and Switzerland, so when I booked a charter for a Sunsail 384 in the BVI, I didn't give a second thought to our crew.

Within one week's time no less than two sets of California friends asked me about chartering a boat in the Caribbean.

In late April, the 76-foot double-ended sailboat Southern Wind was loaded above and below deck for the first of Floating Doctors' missions to carry help to wherever the water flows and the wind blows.

The opportunity to charter a Sunsail 384 catamaran for a week at the beginning of the Caribbean sailing season presented itself this fall.

Ask anyone who participated in the Second Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR) the first week of December if they had fun, and you will get a unanimous "yes."

A member since 1975 and a past commodore, Bill has been the club's manager for the past three years.