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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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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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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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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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Making Waves & Money for VISAR

VISAR

On June 5, Andrew Ball spent almost two hours swimming on his back from Saba Rock to Leverick Bay Resort and Marina in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. By the time he stood on solid ground, his legs were wobbly and …

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No Bluffing: Leverick Bay Poker Run is a Success

Leverick Bay Poker Run participants stop at Pirates at Norman Island. Photo by Todd VanSickle

  On May 29, hundreds of boaters took part in the 15th annual Leverick Bay Poker Run. Participants made stops at several venues around the territory collecting cards in hopes of creating a winning hand, while others followed the action …

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Salty Dawg Cruising Rally and Atlantic Odysseys

Dawgs at Hog Heaven - Virgin Gorda BVI

As the well-established Salty Dawg Rally that goes from the US East Coast to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, continues to attract experienced offshore sailors, over in England three new transatlantic rallies, Odyssey I, Odyssey II, and the Barbados 50, …

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Destination: Virgin Gorda — Devil’s Bay and the Baths

Photo by Monica Pisani

Virgin Gorda’s Baths are one of the British Virgin Island’s most famous landmarks. Granite boulders are arranged as if nature was commissioned to create an interactive sculpture garden of caves, passages, tunnels, and sheltered secret pools at the edge of …

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2015 Boatyard Round-Up. What’s New?

IMM Guadeloupe

Business at Caribbean boatyards booms during hurricane season. Here’s what’s new at a sampling of yards in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. IMM, Guadeloupe People power is making this full-service yard in Pointe-A-Pitre an even bigger draw to owners …

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Leverick Bay Poker Run: Fast Boats for Charity

Boaters register at Leverick Bay Resort and Marina prior to the start of the Poker Run. Photo by Freeman Rogers

On May 24, hundreds of boaters competed in the 14th annual Leverick Bay Poker. The event doled out large cash prizes and donated thousands of dollars to charity. According to co-organizer Javier Lopez from JL Marketing in Puerto Rico, 225 …

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What Women Want

Women on the Water Week learning knots. Photo by Pam Wall

I have just returned from the Annapolis Spring Boat Show. This boat show coincides with the unique Cruiser’s University, a series of seminars presented during the four day boat show. Attendees signed up for a myriad of presentations all sailors would …

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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean

Crew work on Swan 80 SELENE (CAY) during Day 3 of racing. Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

The second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean concluded in style on Saturday, March 7th following four terrific days of sailing in the British Virgin Islands. Excellent conditions and consistent breezes upwards of 20 knots provided constant challenges for …

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Bitter End Yacht Club Pro Am Regatta

Anthony Kotoun sails to victory during the Bitter End Yacht Club Pro Am Regatta. Photo: Todd VanSickle

On the final day of the Bitter End Yacht Club Pro Am Regatta, sailors and spectators were called off the course when bolts of lightning were spotted in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. “It is the first time we have had …

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Caribbean Holiday Parades, Parties and Parang

Saint Kitts and Nevis Christmas Carnival

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 …

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Avast, Ye Salty Dawgs!

  Perhaps the saltiest of all the sailing rallies, the Salty Dawg continues to grow with more boats signing up for the voyage south every fall. The Salty Dawg was the dream of cruisers Linda and Bill Knowles and thanks …

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Sail with the Stars

Regatta with the stars. Photo from Offshore Sailing School

Imagine playing tennis with Andy Murray, or golf with Tiger Woods or basketball with LeBron James. It’s the stuff of ‘bucket list’ dreams. Sailors can in reality get the chance to crew for the sport’s most celebrated skippers at two …

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