Antiguan Joe Hutchens began sailing when he was four, in Minnesota. By the time he was 13 he was working on Gulf Clipper, a sightseeing boat.

In just over a month's time, from December 7 to 11, St Maarten will be hosting its inaugural Charter Yacht Exhibition. As All At Sea went to press, 45 yachts were registered

At the time it was quite normal to sink any boat (which didn't have an engine) when storms threatened, if there wasn't time to haul ashore

After a life that resembled the nine lives of a cat, polar training vessel My Way was towed to sea and sunk off the Antiguan shelf.

Caribbean News from around the region for November 2004

Boaters find refuge in Hurricane Hole on the northeast side of St. John. During the threat of a hurricane they would tie into the mangroves

The blue Statian bead looks like many others, perhaps one of the reasons behind the myth that the Dutch bought Manhattan with 30 Statian blue beads