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Caribbean Hurricanes Maria and Irma: Fact and Fiction

Magen’s Bay, St Thomas, USVI

There is a growing misconception that the Caribbean has been decimated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. It was not. A few islands at its Northeastern corner—primarily Dominica, (edited 11/1/17) Barbuda, Sint Maarten, St. Barts, Anguilla, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, St. …

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Sailing with Charlie: Mixed Signals

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Chartering is a huge revenue earner for the Caribbean. This tourism sector is the single most important for many island nations and it involves several facets – bareboat chartering, sail training and crewed yacht charters. The latter involves fully catered …

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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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Sailing with Charlie: Plastics

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

We are drowning. Drowning in waste – and the culprits are us humans and our tardy disposal of plastic. Plastic waste is everywhere. Step outside your front door and it will be only minutes before you see plastic waste by …

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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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Pilot Program Coaches Young Islanders in Sailing

BVI kids in Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society summer camp who participated in the pilot program in 2016

The Caribbean boasts all the components for some of the best sailing in the world: ever-blowing tradewinds, water, water everywhere and boats of all types. Yet, on many islands, younger generations have moved away from seafaring trades. This has led …

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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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Blitz Blitzes at Four Caribbean Regattas in a Row

With her distinctive paint job, Blitz stormed through the season winning four regattas in a row. Photo: Dean Barnes

Reggae and rum are only half the fun of Caribbean regattas. Out on the water, there’s serious racing by teams with strictly planned campaigns, strategically prepared boats and skillfully trained crew. A wonderful example of one of the best this …

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Sailing with Charlie: Global Warming

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Climate Change has been in the news lately. There is no doubt that climate change and global warming are fact. But there seems to be some confusion as to whether it’s man-made or a natural Phenomenon – or, more likely, …

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A Successful Inaugural Mahi Mayhem Tournament

To the victor go the spoils … and the cash

Tortola, British Virgin Islands – Captain Alvin and his crew aboard Emmanuel, from St Thomas, swept the board at the first annual Mahi Mayhem fishing tournament held in May. They scooped the $5,000 top prize for heaviest mahi at 33lb; …

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The Sinking of The Kodiak Queen

The Players

It was almost a carnival atmosphere close to Virgin Gorda’s Mountain Point on April 9th. The celebration was to mark the transition of the Kodiak Queen, formerly the US Navy’s YO44 and Pearl Harbor survivor, from a derelict and abandoned …

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BVI Spring Regatta 2017: Tight Racing, Light Airs

Island Water World Racing, Frits Bus and Chuck Pessler won the IC24 One Design class. Photo: BVISR/www.ingridabery.com

Competitors in the 46th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta were only too happy to call it quits after one final race on the last day when extremely light air made for very shifty and challenging conditions. Little breeze translated to a very …

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Sailing with Charlie: Water Toys

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

It certainly is a changing world. Charlie remembers, as if it were yesterday, his first water toy. It was a rubber duck in the bathtub, used as an enticement to get him into the hated weekly washing regimen in England’s …

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The Kraken and the Kodiak Queen

Dive Kodiak Queen Kraken

When Sir Richard Branson and Unite BVI, a non-profit organization; an entrepreneurial group, the Maverick1000; a team of artists called Secret Samurai Productions and a dedicated dive company, Commercial Dive Services all pop up in the news something unique must …

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Day-Tripping to Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke

Boats anchored off two distant strips of white sand beach are the only signs of civilization you see when sailing to the island of Jost Van Dyke. One, White Bay, to the east, and the other, Great Harbour, to the …

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Charter Yacht Society 2016 BVI Culinary Contest

Chef Georgia Stoica’s winning Chocolate Lobster Mafongo. Photo by Paul Hubbard, Rainbow photography, BVI

Chef Georgia Stoica, of the 58ft catamaran Secret Oasis, blew the competition out of the water at the Charter Yacht Society 2016 BVI Culinary Contest. Her winning dish, Chocolate Lobster Mafongo cup filled with Mount Gay rum flambé lobster tail …

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New Services Planned for Renovated YCCS BVI

Beautiful Virgin Gorda, home to Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, BVI

Renovations to Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) BVI, in Virgin Gorda, will offer both pampering as well as practical services to visiting yachtsmen when completed this winter. On the creature comfort front, new and expanded services will include extensive provisioning …

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