Twenty-two years ago, Jost Van Dyke resident, bar owner and calypsonian Foxy Callwood noticed the growing dominance of multihulls in the BVIs’ robust charter industry. Together with friends at the ‘Loyal West End Yacht Club’, Foxy decided to create an ...

From October 4th-8th 2018, sailors from around the globe converged in Annapolis, Maryland for the annual United States Sailboat Show. Miles of docks in the tiny seaside city were packed with countless sailboats, while a labyrinth of marine industry vendors ...

The traditional ‘winter’ holidays come alive in an extra special way in the Caribbean. There’s everything from boat parades, tree lightings and caroling to celebrate the season, to fireworks, parties and raft-ups to see in the New Year. Here’s a ...

On Sunday May 27th, Leverick Bay Resort and Marina hosted the 2018 ‘BVI Strong’ Poker Run, with 263 boats and about 2,000 participants. The event – even larger than the previous year’s massive event – departed from, and returned to, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

You can’t reach these islands by planes, trains or automobiles. It takes a boat, private or public, sail or power, to get you to these delightful off-the-beaten track destinations.   Green Island, Antigua This private island, owned by the Mill ...

The waters around the British Virgin Islands have virtually stayed the same over the last century. Yet the sailboat racing has changed dramatically. The early 20th century saw skippers of hand-built wooden Tortola sloops race their goods to market, whereas ...

The spirit of the Christmas season is something special throughout the Caribbean. What’s more, many island festivities – parades, parties and parang (music), for example – are ether nautical in nature and close enough that you can reach them or ...

The qualifications necessary to make this distinguished list were: A full-service bar with an impressive selection of tropical cocktails; a beautiful beach; a good menu; Wi-Fi; entertainment (some days) and an all-round great ambience.   The Soggy Dollar Bar This ...

Sailors aboard old-time ‘woodies’ and newer ‘classic plastics’ came together to celebrate Foxy’s 40th Wooden Boat Regatta held on the British Virgin Island of Jost Van Dyke over the weekend of May 24th – 26th. The theme of this ruby ...

Regatta season doesn’t stop when the winter finishes. The spring, summer and fall all feature racing events that offer a mix of competition, camaraderie and celebration.   April 7-12 Oyster Regatta – Antigua 2014: Scheduled to follow the celebrations marking ...

Ship/Yacht/Boat launchings are such fun. A launching is the birthing of a yacht that months or years before was a mere concept. After much work, trial and tribulation a vessel is born; it is a time for celebration. In big ...

Lorraine Callwood walked off the dock in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke with glass shards stuck in the palm of her hand. Moments earlier, she had smashed a bottle of rum — made by her family’s business — over the ...

In the Caribbean, Santa is more likely to cruise down the chimney in a dinghy than arrive on a sleigh. The region definitely doesn’t lack for festivities and a true seasonal spirit during the December holidays. Here’s a sampling of ...

Island Water World open new store in French St. Martin Caribbean marine store, Island Water World, has opened a new branch in French St. Martin. Located in the former museum building between the St. Martin Tourism Office and Air Caraibes, ...

It’s the season to enjoy merry-making. Since the Caribbean region is more sea than land, there are several ways to enjoy nautical-themed holiday celebrations, everything from boat parades to dockyard parties and raft-ups to watch fireworks. CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE The ...

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 ...

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 ...