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Race to Cuba!

Race To Cuba!: Havana Regatta

The list is getting impressive and it appears there’s a lot of pent-up interest from Americans looking to distance race to Havana. After the surprise rapprochement and the reopening of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba last December, conventional …

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Race to the Coast & Gulfport to Pensacola

Photo by Troy Gilbert

A living history of racing on the Gulf Coast began when sailing morphed from commerce and transportation to recreation and sport over 150 years ago. Oysters and shrimp were still harvested by vessels under sail as yacht racing and clubs on …

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Ryan Finn – An American Adventure

Photo by Troy Gilbert

Sailors can be a notoriously quirky bunch, and none more so than solo offshore racers willing to take on the elements and sleep deprivation at sea while battling time or other solo sailors for weeks on end. A native of …

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St. Petersburg to Havana Race

Photo Credit: Southern Yacht Club Archives

Until the fall of Cuba to Castro and his revolutionary forces in 1958, sailors actively raced schooners in the 284 NM St. Petersburg to Havana Race, which from 1930 to 1958 was considered a highly prestigious event and eventually became …

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Scalloping on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Photo by Troy Gilbert

Hidden from the endless tracts of condo developments and the annual migration of college students to the Emerald Coast of Florida, are rustic boating towns and fishing villages seemingly out of reach of the crowds. Somehow having managed to retain …

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Mardi Gras Cruising

Photo by Troy Gilbert

Initially celebrated in Mobile, Alabama and then New Orleans, the Mardi Gras traditions of masked balls and parades have run for over 200 years, percolating throughout the Northern Gulf Coast and becoming a unique cornerstone of the region’s culture. It …

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A New Cruising Destination

Photo by Troy Gilbert

As boating season starts to heat up in the South, cruisers are pulling out charts and planning for that next great destination to chalk up on their calendars. Often overlooked are the sailing regattas held throughout the Southeast and Gulf …

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New Orleans: A Cruising Destination Often Missed

Photo by Troy Gilbert

For the cruiser tooling down the ICW or in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico – New Orleans easily lives up to its reputation as the “Northernmost Caribbean Town” and is surprisingly accessible. Offering respite, adventure, full service …

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Fairfax Moody and the Founding of the Ladies Regatta

Fairfax Moody at the helm. Courtesy of the Houston Yacht Club

In 1852, the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama hosted sailors from New Orleans and the Mississippi Coast for the post-regatta festivities accompanying the finish of the third annual running of what is today the oldest point-to-point sailboat race in …

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Ocean Springs MS Finds New Life

The pink bait shop at the Ocean Springs marina is the gathering place for boaters, charter captains and shrimp and oyster fishermen. Photo by Troy Gilbert

Nestled on a pine and oak covered bluff overlooking the Gulf Islands of the Mississippi Sound, Ocean Springs MS is an arts and fishing community rapidly transforming into a town filled with a vibrant music and culinary scene – what …

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Mississippi’s Coastal Marina Expansion

New marina construction - Gulfport Small Craft Harbor - Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo Credits: Tony Gilbert

The Mississippi Coast is turning its gaze to the water for economic development. Three new public marinas are either complete or under construction, which all told will bring nearly 1,000 new slips to the area. Financed primarily using Federal Community …

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Gulf Coast Islands Potentially Due BILLIONS

Photography by Tony Gilbert

After the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, the barrier islands of Louisiana and Mississippi are about to benefit from a major investment that could be worth several billion dollars. These narrow, sandy spits of land are …

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FEMA’s Marina in New Orleans

For over 160 years, the Southern Yacht Club has looked out on 100 acres of oak-lined parks, boathouses and marinas of New Orleans’ recreational boating hub on Lake Pontchartrain, West End. The massive state-of-the-art clubhouse was rebuilt after the twin …

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