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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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St Martin Billfish Tournament Celebrates 20th Year

There’s more ways to win in this emerald anniversary event, set for June 21-24 off the waterfront in Marigot, St. Martin. New is the addition of ‘The Billfish Challenge’, a high-stakes, $5,000 optional buy-in where the winner takes all. “Onshore, our local …

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50 Years of Island Water World

Island Water World's Headquarters in St Maarten

On March 2nd, 2017 Island Water World celebrates its 50th year in business serving the marine community of the Caribbean. Initially established by Harry Draper, the business was first located in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, quite close to the Courthouse. The …

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Island Water World Honor Clifton Wilson

 As Island Waster World prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in March it will also be honoring Mr. Clifton Wilson who will have spent nearly 45 years working for the company. Affectionately known as ‘Cliffy’, Mr. Wilson joined Island Water World in 1972 when the …

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Heineken Light Laser Championships

Heineken Light Laser Championships

Benoit Meesmaecker may well have earned copyright on the Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships after winning it so many times. If not, he has certainly made it his own, and his presence every year comes with that air of …

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Caribbean News: ‘Friendly Sailor’ Wins Lagoonies’ Regatta

Lagoonies Regatta

‘Friendly Sailor’ team win second annual Lagoonies’ Regatta Saint Maarten – The second annual Lagoonies’ Regatta was hailed a huge success. The one day, one-design event was notable for its very close sailing, challenging conditions, outstanding regatta lunch and passionate expressions …

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