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Curaçao Sailing and Sailing Clinics

Despite the unpredictable weather spirits were high throughout the week-long event. Photo by Els Kroon

February brought a vigorous start to the season for sailors in Curaçao. While many were under the spell of carnival, considered the largest cultural event of the island, die-hard sailors of all ages flocked to Spanish Water and put to …

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Hip Hop on Board: And I Don’t Mean Dancing

Earlier this year, my husband Barry went to Venezuela to have a titanium hip replacement at a highly recommended private clinic. Things did not go as expected and he arrived back in Curaçao with a displaced prosthesis and a cracked …

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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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November Races in Curaçao Boast A Long History

The third and final start of the qualifying ‘Wim van der Gulik’ offshore race with Curaçao’s iconic Table Mountain in the background. Photo by Els Kroon

With the fiftieth Bonaire Regatta still fresh in mind Curaçao sailors gathered on the coastline of their home island for two local races for Sunfish dinghies and yachts. The Sunfish competition, three short back-to-back races in the open sea on …

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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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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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Papiamento Island

Curacao Papiamento Island : Traditional Amsterdam architecture combined with Caribbean colors makes for a whimsical and attractive setting for diners in downtown Willemstad

“I speak four languages,” says the taxi driver as he chauffeurs me from Curaçao’s airport to downtown Willemstad. “English, Dutch and Spanish. And Papiamento.” Papiamento, a mélange of English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Dutch even contains some African tribal dialect. Spicy, …

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Caribbean News: WSV Curacao Windsurfing Series 2015 Award Ceremony

Caribbean News: WSV Curacao Windsurfing Series 2015 Award Ceremony

WSV Curaçao Windsurfing Series 2015 Award Ceremony The official Award Ceremony of the 2015 WSV Curaçao Windsurfing Series took place at the ‘Surf village’ Saint Joris Bay in January. This important competition, organized by The Windsurfing Association of Curaçao (WSVC) and in cooperation with …

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2015 Boatyard Round-Up. What’s New?

IMM Guadeloupe

Business at Caribbean boatyards booms during hurricane season. Here’s what’s new at a sampling of yards in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. IMM, Guadeloupe People power is making this full-service yard in Pointe-A-Pitre an even bigger draw to owners …

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Know When To Say No

Louise (left) and Candy aboard the rescue boat

It was around breakfast time in Spanish Water, Curaçao, when a woman’s voice came up on VHF channel 72. She spoke in rapid French and was clearly stressed. We couldn’t understand much, just that they were somewhere outside the anchorage …

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