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A Real Pirate Island – Norman in the BVI

I once quoted the 50 or 60 islands, islets and cays of the BVI as a playground that even Disney, the theme park magnate, could not have replicated, as perfectly diverse as they are. Norman Island is unique in that it …

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Sailors Helped out Huge Post Hurricanes! Thanks!

On the ground in Anguilla

Several rainbows formed in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which delivered devastating blows to the northern Caribbean in September 2017. These brilliant arcs of hope were embodied in a number of relief organizations. Six months after the one-two …

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2018 Caribbean Sport Fishing Tournament Preview

Now that’s a Mahi-mahi! Barbados Game Fishing Association International Tournament. Photo courtesy of BGFA

There’s no place better to sport fish than in the waters of the Caribbean Sea and those of the Atlantic Ocean that boarder the region’s many islands. New tournaments and new dates mark some of the ‘What’s New’ in the …

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Sailing with Charlie: Happy New Year to All!

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Phew … Thank heavens 2017 is now behind us. What a year of devastation it was: fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes – all of biblical proportions. As a cruising sailor for over twenty years Charlie often said that life was best …

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Only Surviving Tortola Sloop Battered Not Broken

  There was good news out of the BVI following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. What is thought to be the only surviving Tortola Sloop, Endeavour II, came through the storms battered but not broken. Endeavor II was built in the …

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Sailing with Charlie: Boatshows

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

It’s that time of year again – for annual boatshows – where yachts strut their stuff and convince the brokers who book them that there is only one yacht that can provide the vacation experience of a lifetime – Yours. …

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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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Hurricane Irma, Sage Mountain, Tortola, BVI

Photo by Julian Putley

On Tuesday, September 4th it became obvious that we, in the British Virgin Islands, were going to get a direct hit from unprecedented catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Irma. It was a bone chilling realization. Less than a month prior the …

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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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