New Double-Handed Class to Feature at Antigua Sailing Week

Antigua Sailing Week

In view of the ever growing demand for double-handed racing, the organizers of Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) are pleased to announce 2019 will benefit from the addition of a new double-handed class.  Double-handed racing by its nature is all about crew stamina and how to …

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World’s Smallest Dive System Launched on Kickstarter

Brownie’s Marine Group launches the world’s smallest dive system on Kickstarter Today, BLU3 is proud to announce the next generation of diving has launched on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. NEMO by BLU3 is a portable and easy-to-use dive system that …

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Ahoy Club has Automated the Yacht Chartering Process

Australian executive, superyacht owner and long-time charterer, Ian Malouf, is shaking up the $14 billion charter industry with a unique concept.  “Ahoy Club has automated the yacht chartering process without losing exceptionally tailored customer service,” says Malouf, who owns the …

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Budget Marine St Thomas – back on track

They kept it running – Members of staff at Budget Marine, St. Thomas

The story of Budget Marine St Thomas in the aftermath of the big hurricanes of 2017 is an inspiring one. Nearly a year ago this chandlery in St Thomas weathered two Category 5 hurricanes, which seriously disrupted their ability to …

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Boat Yard Profile: Bradford Marine Grand Bahama

Big boats were the exception rather than the rule on the recreational yachting scene in South Florida during the 1960s. Consider that Tampa, FL-headquartered Bertram launched its 38-foot sport fishermen in 1969, while over on the state’s east coast the …

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Hard Choice: Fabric or Solid Bimini?

I didn’t have a Bimini on my first two boats. I was too wacked out to realize that orange disk in the sky was the sun. Now that I’m 66 years old and my parchment-like skin is thinner than a Zig …

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The Seven Words You Can’t Put on a Boat

Sadly, my growing family has exceeded the capacity of our Catalina 34 and we are in the market for a larger boat. As the search continues we frequently discuss the possible choices over dinner and last night we touched on …

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Eagle Lands in St. Thomas

United States Coast Guard Cutter Eagle under full sail in the Caribbean Sea. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

It’s not every day that an opportunity presents itself for a behind-the-scenes tour of a 295-foot three-masted sailing ship. In fact, most would call it a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially when it’s the Eagle, the largest tall ship flying the American …

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Sailing with Charlie: Will It or Won’t It?

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

The Virgin Islands are still struggling to regain some kind of normalcy after the worst hurricane year in history, 2017. It was exactly 12 months ago that I wrote my tongue in cheek story about Global Warming and the fact …

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Billions in gold on legendary wreck

The Naval battle off Cartagena, 28 May 1708. The San Jose, which carried most of the Spanish treasure, was destroyed by an explosion in her powder magazine. The painting, by Samuel Scott (1702-1772), is in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England.

  The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently obtained authorization by Maritime Archaeology Consultants (MAC), Switzerland AG, and the Colombian government to release new details from the successful search for the three-century old San José—a 62-gun, three-masted Spanish galleon that sank …

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Rum Review: Leblon Cachaça – The Non-Rum

When we bought our first home in Florida a friend gave us a bottle of Leblon Cachaça as a housewarming gift, saying it was a popular South Florida rum. First of all, Leblon Cachaça is from Brazil and, well, not …

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Boat Building is a Way of Life in Carriacou

Builder Nero McLawrence (left) discusses the project. Photo by Jan Hein

From Carriacou’s main town of Hillsborough, fast moving buses wind their way up and over hills to a tiny hamlet, aptly named Windward. Depending on the collection and delivery of people and lunches, it takes anywhere from ten minutes to …

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Being a Key West “Local” Has its “Quirks”

I knew I had become a “local” on the island of Key West when I recognized Chris Peterson, drag queen extraordinaire, in his street clothes walking to work at La-Te-Da on Duval Street. I had seen the musical, “The Legend of …

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BVI Strong Poker Run HUGE Success with 263 Boats

Puerto Rican Pride at the 2018 BVI Poker Run. Photo: Javier Lopez, JL Consulting

On Sunday May 27th, Leverick Bay Resort and Marina hosted the 2018 ‘BVI Strong’ Poker Run, with 263 boats and about 2,000 participants. The event – even larger than the previous year’s massive event – departed from, and returned to, …

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Professional Charter Yacht Captain Anna Orchard

Captain Anna Orchard checks the equipment before a dive

A sense of freedom. No two days or ocean conditions alike. The solemn responsibility for passenger and vessel safety while constantly encountering new experiences. These are a few reasons why Anna Orchard enjoys her career as a professional charter yacht captain. …

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