The handful of regattas which are older than many of their young competitors command a special affection. In the case of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, there was also something to celebrate: a 30th anniversary year.

The modest length of St. Maarten’s coastline has always made the island ripe for a rounding, whether the vessel was a gentleman smuggler or the canting keel of Pyewacket

There are not many places like Statia left in the Caribbean. Untouched by international flights, it still moves to the slower rhythm of 20-seater island hoppers, weekly cargo boats, and a little over 500 visiting yachts a season.

With just four boats on the start line for the Fourth St Maarten Classic Yacht Regatta January 23 to 25, the mood could so easily have been gloomy

French naval architect Yves Kinard unveiled plans to cross the Atlantic on a 6.5M (21ft) diesel-powered trawler Spirit of Arielle. On May 15th, he finally leaves St. Martin.