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More Than a Flash of Lightning

For the first time since becoming a country, Sint Maarten is sending a sailing team to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, where they will compete in the Lightning class.  Garth Steyn, President of the Sint Maarten Sailing Federation …

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Caribbean Sail Training: Broadening Horizons

The varnished deckhouse and ship’s boat aglow in the last rays of the setting sun. Photo by Gary E. Brown

French St. Martin is fast becoming the sail training/tall ship capital of the Caribbean. The latest ship to grace the commercial port of Marigot was the beautiful three-masted square rigger Christian Radich. I visited the ship before she left to …

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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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Ten Top Places to Kayak in the Caribbean

Bioluminescent Bay, Grand Cayman … by daylight. Photo courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Kayaking is a great way to see the Caribbean’s awesome marine life right at sea level. Calm bays, mangrove lagoons and rugged coastlines are some of the settings throughout the region where guided kayak tours take place. Here is a …

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Caribbean-Style Nautical Holiday Happenings

St. Thomas Lighted Boat Parade. Photo courtesy of Erik Ackerson

Clouds shaped like Santa’s beard are a festive reminder of the winter holidays in a region where palms outnumber Christmas pines, beach sand replaces snow and the weather is more favorable for swimming than ice skating. Yet the Caribbean is …

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St. Maarten Yacht Club Heineken Regatta

Sunsail bareboat racing to windward in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo: Laurens Morel

Support for the St Maarten Heineken Regatta’s 38th edition has been overwhelming – their Facebook posting announcing that the 2018 edition would go ahead attracted over 1,900 likes, 700 shares and countless messages of support within days. “It is with …

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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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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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Third Annual Lagoonies’ Regatta

Kidz at Sea, Winners of the third Lagoonies’ Regatta

Sint Maarten’s Kidz at Sea foundation fielded a winning team at the third annual Lagoonies’ Regatta held on the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Helmed by Garth Steyn, the foundation’s architect, the crew of youngsters drove their one-design Jeanneau Sun Fast 20 to …

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Ann McHorney, Select Yachts

The Team at Select Yachts (from left): Marilyn Eckel - Sailing Fleet Charter Manager; Dayle Reimer​ - Charter Broker; Ann E McHorney - Charter Broker and CEO; Lisa Larsen - Content Writer and Promotions

Yachting wasn’t a part of Ann McHorney’s background when growing up in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. In fact, the closest she came was weekend waterskiing behind a friend’s family-owned cabin cruiser on the Allegheny River. Today, McHorney, who founded Select Yachts …

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Hold Fast

Research/Survey vessel Elsa aground south of Ladder Bay, Saba. Photo courtesy of Guenter Schmidt © 2017

Recently, St. Martin and surrounding islands saw a high incidence of vessels going ashore, more in one month than in 2014 when hurricane Gonzalo blew through. Monohulls, multihulls (private and day charter) megayachts and ships have all ended up on …

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Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta 2017: Records and Reggae

St Maarten Heineken Regatta 2017

The 37th running of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which took place on March 3-6, had something for everyone: big breeze, record-setting performances, impressive winners and a wrap-up party headlined by legendary performance artists UB40 on the sands of Kim …

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Laser Sailors Mark Your Calendars!

Competitor and organizer of the St. Martin Laser Championship Frits Bus

The annual Open Caribbean Laser Championship will take place in St. Martin’s Baie Orientale (Orient Bay), over the weekend of June 23 – 25. Backed by longtime sponsor Island Water World, organizers say they are expecting representatives from many Caribbean …

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