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Women at the Helm: USVI’s Captain Kelsey Dunn

Captain Kelsey Dunn

A long-time love of the water, chance to work side-by-side with her husband and the prospect of seeing and learning something new every day is what led Kelsey Dunn to obtain her 100-ton captain’s license and run term yacht charters. What’s impressive is …

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Beach Bars of the USVI – Four Not to Miss!

Living the dream … Rhythms on Rainbow Beach. Photo curtesy of the bar

There’s nothing like the toes-in-the-sand, rum in one hand feeling of a quintessential Caribbean bar. Beach bar hopping by boat is especially fun. In fact, it’s an excellent way to visit each of the three largest US Virgin Islands. Here’s …

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10 Top Caribbean Activities for Cruising Kids

Mosquito Bay, Vieques. Photo curtesy of Puerto Rico Tourism Company UK ©

The Caribbean Sea is a huge aqueous playground for cruising kids. Yet there are great activities to explore ashore as well. Here are ten top suggestions: 1. Sail on a Pirate Ship The Jolly Roger, a near replica of Columbus’ …

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Sayonara, St. John

Sayonara …

On a Sunday in June 2016, we sailed our boat, Violet, out of Coral Bay, St John, USVI, for the last time. Looking back at the harbor we had moved to at the start of this adventure seven years before, …

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TowBoatUS Comes to the Caribbean

TowBoatUS St. Thomas is the first TowBoatUS towing location in the Lesser Antilles. Photo: TowBoatUS

Captain Robert Manley, a New Jersey native who has been running marine businesses in the Caribbean for the last 25 years, has opened TowBoatUS St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “I’ve been towing boats and helping boaters ever since I …

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Marina Developments in Coral Bay, St. John

Marina Developments in Coral Bay, St. John: Artist’s impression of the Yacht Club at Summer’s End. Graphics courtesy of The Summer’s End Group, LLC

St. John, the 19-square-mile U.S. Virgin Island located east of St. Thomas and southwest of Tortola, BVI, is the only major Virgin Island, U.S. or British, without a marina. Now, there are two marina projects currently proposed. Proponents say a …

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Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta, St. Joh, USVI

Saying there’s something for everyone is definitely not an overstatement at the Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta. In fact, the fleet competing in this 34th annual event held November 27th to 28th on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John, ranged …

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VISA — A Role Model for Caribbean MNAs

Photo by Dean Barnes

The St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John Yacht Clubs are recognized for producing first-rate regattas and world-class sailors. However, far fewer folks realize that the driving force behind sailing in the USVI is the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA), …

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Coral Bay Yacht Club Thanksgiving Regatta

Brion Morrisette’s Sweet Ting, winner of Pursuit Under 30ft, leads Nat Ford’s Ocean Wave. Photo: Jaime Elliott

Not many, if any, Caribbean regattas can boast a fleet that includes everything from a 1913-built island trader, two 1933-constructed Argentine ketches, a Coral Bay Cowhorn, a traditional Bequia workboat, modern J boats and cruisers. This eclectic mix of vessels, …

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Destination: Sailing the U.S. Virgin Islands

A study in blue - Buck Island anchorage, St Croix. Photo: Shane C McClellan  www.svGuidingLight.com

Some may think of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) as the entry point for cruising to the British Virgin Islands or Spanish Virgin Islands. Yet St. Thomas, as well as its sibling islands of St. John and St. Croix, were …

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Top 10 Snorkeling Spots in the Eastern Caribbean

Underwater sculptures, Grenada

What could be better than to jump in and snorkel straight from your boat? It’s the epitome of cruising. Everyone has their own preferences but there is something to see in almost every anchorage. And you don’t need to snorkel …

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Memories of Hurricane Hugo – 25 Years On

As a yachtsman there are some things you never forget: The day you buy your boat; the day you sell your boat; the most idyllic landfall; the quickest passage and the most terrifying experience. For many Caribbean sailors the latter …

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Clarke Tops Budget Marine Commodore’s Cup

Paige Clarke, winner of the Commodores Cup seen here on her Byte. Photo: Barbara Hervey

The depth of seamanship talent in Coral Bay is renowned as liveaboards likely outnumber landlubbers. This easternmost settlement on the USVI’s St. John is also home base for one of the most successful youth sail training programs in the Caribbean, …

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Destination: Coral Bay, Saint John

Looking down on Coral Bay and the harbor from atop a nearby hill. Photography by Dean Barnes

If your idea of paradise is a laidback destination where boats likely outnumber cars, street signs signaling a dip in the road are irreverently scribbled with ‘clam’ or ‘crab’, and formal attire means dressing up in flip flops and a …

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Windy Weather Welcome at Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta

Colin Hanson’s Buxom ll, built in Argentina in 1933 and well-manned for this event. Photo: Peter Hoschl

Windy weather proved advantageous to the winners of the Coral Bay Yacht Club’s Thanksgiving Regatta. The 32nd running of this traditional post-holiday regatta, held November 29 and 30 out of St. John’s easternmost settlement, saw blustery conditions ranging from 12 …

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