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Susan Zaluski

Susan Zaluski lives in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke. She is the director of the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society, a non-profit agency dedicated to the preservation of the history, culture and natural environment of Jost Van Dyke.

Record Breaking BVI Poker Run

Photo courtesy of Freeman Rogers

On a Sunday in late May, boats rumbled through the waters of the Virgin Islands, hitting six destinations along the way. The British Virgin Islands’ Poker run founder Nick Willis was ecstatic saying that 2017 was a record-breaking year with …

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Foxy Callwood and the Future of His Wooden Boat Regatta

The yacht Buxom with her traditional tan sails and awesome figurehead

In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a woeful Juliet bemoans Romeo’s name, referencing the famous feud between the two lovers’ families. Waxing poetic over the insignificance of the names that keep the star-crossed lovers apart, Juliet insists that “a rose by …

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Batteries Not Required – The Value of the Field Guide

As a child, a very dog-eared copy of ‘Peterson’s Field Guide to the Atlantic Shore’ kept onboard my parents’ sailboat proved to be a very flexible and consistently-available science teacher to me. Whether fixating on a diagram or reading up …

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What to Do If you Hook a Seabird While Fishing

Nesting Magnificent Frigatebirds. Photos by Susan Zaluski

On a remote windward shore in the British Virgin Islands, 500-600 pairs of Magnificent Frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) nest together, helping to form the third largest seabird colony in the Caribbean and the only frigatebird colony within two hundred miles. One …

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Tradition Lives on With Building of Tortola Boat Endeavour II

Endeavour II currently under construction behind Foxy's Bar and Restaurant

Although many British Virgin Islanders today prefer sleek, racy motorboats, just over a half-century ago, small, locally-constructed sailboats dominated these waters. Visiting yachtsman painted colorful descriptions: boats overloaded with cargo that could include paying passengers, ‘ground provisions’ (starchy root vegetables …

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Jost Van Dykes Homemade Boating Tradition

For the first time in about twenty years on Jost Van Dyke, island youth are paddling these small, roughly constructed boats, better known as bateaux, as part of an activity organized by the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society.

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