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2017 Caribbean Boatyard Update

Subbase drydock in St. Thomas

Over 90% of the Caribbean’s one million-plus square miles is water. It’s no wonder that boats, everything from pleasure craft and professional yachts to workboats like barges, ferries and cargo ships, are essential to the region’s way of life. Boatyards, …

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Sailclear Now Testing in Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association (ABMA) has been informed by the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Customs and Excise that it is now testing SailClear as the new customs clearing software into Antigua and Barbuda. Sailclear is an online system …

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Eight Bells: Admiral Peter Deeth 

Peter Deeth

Admiral Peter Deeth, who has died aged 92, was the founding member, Commodore several times, and avid supporter of the English Harbour Yacht Club, later renamed the Antigua Yacht Club. Born in Leigh-on-Sea, England, Peter briefly attended Oxford University before …

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Palm, Punch, and Passion

Hand tooling a belt. Photo by Jan Hein

While punching holes for a hand-tooled leather bag, Annalea Mills recounted the incredible nautical journey that brought her to the studio she occupies in Antigua’s Falmouth Harbor. There was never an intent to become a sailor nor an artisan leathersmith, …

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New Fund Established to Help Hurricane-ravaged Barbuda

Destroyed Housing on Barbuda courtesy of Simply Antigua and Barbuda

Waitt Institute Sets up Emergency Relief Fund for Humanitarian Aid In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma on Barbuda, a partner community of the San Diego-based Waitt Institute, the Institute has established the “Barbuda Restoration & Conservation Trust<http://www.waittinstitute.org/barbuda-hurricane-relief>.” …

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Barbuda Marks Boundaries of Coastal Sanctuaries

  Barbuda Fisheries have now completed the demarcation of Barbuda’s coastal sanctuaries. This marks an important milestone in the island’s efforts to manage and protect its marine resources. Earlier this year, a team consisting of Barbuda Fisheries, the Codrington Lagoon …

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Antigua & Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament

Team Incognito, winners of the Mikie Pigott Jr. Memorial Classic

Good vibes and great skills led the team aboard Incognito to win the Mikie Pigott Jr. Memorial Classic, hosted out of Nelson’s Dockyard on June 2nd. However, when it came to the team defending its top boat title in the …

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A Classic Celebration

Columbia with her freeing ports working overtime. Photo Jan Hein

  Nelsons Dockyard was the quintessential venue for Antigua’s 30th Classic Regatta. Nearly 50 vessels sailed in flying flags from Canada, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Bermuda, the Netherlands and beyond. One journeyed from the west coast of Mexico via Panama …

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Antigua Sailing Week’s 50th Edition

The Grand Awards Ceremony for Antigua Sailing Week was held in Nelson’s Dockyard and the UNESCO World Heritage Site was a fitting venue for the 50th edition of this historic occasion. A stage glittering with dozens of trophies formed the …

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A Rock and Roll Race

Getting started was the first hazard of the race. Photo by Jan Hein

Antigua’s Wobbly Race, a build-your-own-boat contest, has two simple rules. No engines are allowed and each vessel must incorporate two pieces of paper thin plywood. On the flip side, imaginations are allowed to run wild. Cheating is openly encouraged. There …

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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta – Mariella Returns

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Mariella Returns

Mariella, the 1938-launched, 80-foot Alfred Mylne-designed Bermudan yawl, returns this month to race in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta after a two-year hiatus. It’s something owner Carlo Falcone, proprietor of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour, has looked …

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Thirty Years of Classic Yacht Regatta Success

Classic Yacht Regatta

When Antigua Sailing Week began in 1967, pretty much every boat in the fleet was a classic. Most were charter yachts that ended their season by racing to and from Guadeloupe. Race Week expanded; boats evolved into modern machines; and …

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Antigua Francis Nunes Jr. Memorial Tournament

Antigua Francis Nunes Jr Memorial Tournament Team Crab Hole Liquors – Cook-off Competition winners

Knowing where to go and how to fish proved the secret to success for two teams at the Francis Nunes Jr. Memorial Tournament and Seafood Festival, hosted by the Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Club in September. Sean MacMillan and …

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