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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Sailing with Charlie: Plastics

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

We are drowning. Drowning in waste – and the culprits are us humans and our tardy disposal of plastic. Plastic waste is everywhere. Step outside your front door and it will be only minutes before you see plastic waste by …

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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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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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Sailclear Now Testing in Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association (ABMA) has been informed by the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Customs and Excise that it is now testing SailClear as the new customs clearing software into Antigua and Barbuda. Sailclear is an online system …

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Lea De Hass: A Life at Sea

Lea de Hass at her home in the Azores

Lea de Hass first took the helm at the age of three. The year was 1950 and her father dropped her into the skiff that was the tender for his trading clipper. He then shouted instructions from the deck. “The …

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Panoply Wins Top Boat in 2017 Caicos Classic

The third day proved the lucky charm for the team aboard Panoply. Anglers on this 46ft Bertram sport fisherman were the first to release two blue marlin, which earned them Top Boat in the twenty-second Caicos Classic IGFA Release Tournament, …

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New Sensations: Windsurf Foil Revolution

Photo by Tez Plavenieks

ingFoiling (flying above the water whilst balanced precariously on a carbon/alloy upright with Spitfire-esque wings below generating lift) isn’t exactly a new concept. All manner of waterborne craft have had the foil treatment; windsurf foiling having been around for years. …

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Hurricane Irma, Sage Mountain, Tortola, BVI

Photo by Julian Putley

On Tuesday, September 4th it became obvious that we, in the British Virgin Islands, were going to get a direct hit from unprecedented catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Irma. It was a bone chilling realization. Less than a month prior the …

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Zen and the Art of Anchoring…

.. Or Tip #1 in Surviving a Sailing Relationship. We have all witnessed raised voices from other yachts when they have been dropping or retrieving their anchor, maybe even observed a full-on argument. On one occasion we saw a “discussion” that …

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New Face at Pursuit Boats

A Miami native and MBA graduate of the city’s Florida International University is expanding his horizons in the marine industry. Les Ares, who has eleven years of sales and marketing experience in the boating industry, most recently as vice president …

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Record Breaking BVI Poker Run

Photo courtesy of Freeman Rogers

On a Sunday in late May, boats rumbled through the waters of the Virgin Islands, hitting six destinations along the way. The British Virgin Islands’ Poker run founder Nick Willis was ecstatic saying that 2017 was a record-breaking year with …

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USVI Stars & Stripes Poker Run

High-speed Scarab complete with custom sound system

It wasn’t the size of the boat, but the luck of the draw that determined the winner of the fourth annual USVI Stars & Stripes Poker Run, held July 2 and hosted out of IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande, on St. …

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