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The Revival of Bonaire’s Sailing Fishing Boats

Papagayo, one day to go before the races start. Photo by Els Kroon

The traditional sailing fishing boats have returned to the International Bonaire Regatta. Bonaire has a renowned marine heritage in ship building, navigation and fishing. Ship building was commonplace and before engines became the norm, the fishermen put to sea in …

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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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New Faces, New Ownership at Curaçao Marine

Marc Rooijakkers, managing director (left) and yard manager Gareth Weber. Photo courtesy Curaçao Marine

An even higher level of service and even greater efficiency in yard work are a few of the priorities of Curaçao Marine’s new owners. Sold earlier this year, Curaçao Marine, which is located at the Willemstad harbor, is one of …

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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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Diving Bonaire and Curaçao – Wow!

Photo by Robert Scott

A lot is made of Bonaire and its wonderful abundant reefs. And all of it is true. I first dove Bonaire back in the early ’90s and it was pretty amazing then. Today I find it just as amazing. After a …

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Curaçao Family Build Yacht

The van Grieken family under the hull. Photo Alexine Hollander

Most people take up gardening or amateur photography in their spare time. Meet Chris van Grieken; he’s building a 40ft yacht in his shed. A contractor by trade, Chris toyed with the idea of designing his own boat for years. …

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Piet Dijk Race & Carnival Sail

J24s in action

It was a great day for sailing say the Curaçao Watersport Association Jan Sofat, organizers of the 39th Piet Dijk Race sailed in late February. Even though rough weather had been expected, conditions ended up being favorable, with 17 knots …

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Bonaire International and Local Fishing Tournament

Anglers swap war stories after a long day of fishing. Photo: Vincent Lendering of VINNIE Designs

The Bonaire International & Local Fishing Tournament held in the bountiful waters of Bonaire was another huge success. Organized by NAPA and the It Rains Fishes restaurant, the end of January tournament has become a staple event for ardent anglers …

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3D Coral Printing Comes to Caribbean

3D Coral Printing

Technology is coming to the rescue of coral reefs worldwide. 3D coral printing, or constructing a three-dimensional object under computer control, is a revolutionary technique that can help rebuild reefs in a whole new way. This process, first used in …

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Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup

Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup

The sports fishing was slamming good at the Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup, presented by the Aruba Airport Authority and hosted out of the Varadero Aruba Marina & Boatyard in Oranjestad. In fact, a first day Grand Slam – the catch …

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Bonaire Maritime Film Festival

Mark the date for the Bonaire Maritime Film Festival, January 14 2017, 5:00-7:30pm at the Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire.  This event is organized by the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation as a fundraiser for the restoration of Stormvogel, the last of …

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Bonaire Sailing Regatta and Festival

Time to celebrate – the crew of La Dolce Vita, winners in Racing Class 2 and Overall Winners of the 2016 Bonaire Regatta. Photos by Cisca Rusch

Junior sailors ruled at the 49th Bonaire Sailing Regatta and Festival, held in October on Kralendijk’s Bay just north of Klein Bonaire. Out of six categories, Curaçao’s Sea Scouts from the Mgr. Verriet Group picked up trophies in two categories: …

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Aruba International Regatta 2016

On the podium at the Aruba International Regatta

The J35 Dash has now won the Aruba International Regatta an unprecedented six times in a row. Some 35 vessels from around the ABC Islands crewed by people from as far away as the US, Colombia, Venezuela, the Netherlands and …

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Budget Marine Challenge 2016: Anchors Aweigh!

Budget Marine Challenge 2016

  Heavy winds and a challenging anchor start gave competitors plenty to think about as the Budget Marine Challenge 2016 got underway in Curaçao. This was the 12th edition of the Budget Marine Challenge, sailed in June, which saw competitors …

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