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Sailing with Charlie: Will It or Won’t It?

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

The Virgin Islands are still struggling to regain some kind of normalcy after the worst hurricane year in history, 2017. It was exactly 12 months ago that I wrote my tongue in cheek story about Global Warming and the fact …

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BVI Strong Poker Run HUGE Success with 263 Boats

Puerto Rican Pride at the 2018 BVI Poker Run. Photo: Javier Lopez, JL Consulting

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, …

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Sailing with Charlie: Oldies & Goodies

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

We’ve heard a lot about various groups of mariners not quite fitting into the mold of expectation. ‘Women at the Helm’ is now an interesting monthly column. There are those who sail in ever smaller craft. Rowing across the Atlantic …

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BVI Spring Regatta: They Made it Happen!

BVI Spring Regatta foredeck fun

On the final day of racing in the 47th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta, the story was really about the fantastic job Nanny Cay and the regatta organizers have done to make this year’s BVI Spring Regatta event happen post …

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Sailing with Charlie: Tourists Dem

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

  Charlie’s occupation as a charter yacht skipper/instructor takes him around the islands several times a month and as such he has to deal with all types of personalities. There are delightful ones, difficult ones, those easy to please, others …

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Sailing with Charlie: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

With much of the Northern Leewards still suffering from the devastating effects of the horrendous storms of August and September 2017 the events bring to mind the pirate days of yore. How villainous pirates plundered unarmed seafarers and helpless civilians; …

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Sailing with Charlie: Misunderstanding

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

A slightly deaf ear, a breaking wave at just the wrong moment or perhaps an interruption by a shipmate can cause confusion in a word, phrase or sentence to create an unintentional change in meaning. The other day I was describing …

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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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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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