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Caicos Conch: A Sustainable Resource?

Different types of conch. Photo Katie Gutteridge

In Turks and Caicos, the conch business is booming. Featured as one of the symbols on the Turks flag, with its own dedicated festival, it is even the inspiration behind the popular local fashion label Konk. Wandering the art galleries …

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10 Sport Fishing Tournaments to Try Your Luck

American Yacht Harbor, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Sport fishing is a sport enjoyed around the globe. In the U.S., 46 million Americans or nearly 16 percent of the population ages 6 and older fishes for pleasure, according to the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s 2015 Special Report …

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Ten Top Caribbean Wrecks to Dive

The Kittiwake, Grand Cayman. Photo: Lawson Wood, courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

The Caribbean is one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. There is magnificent coral, schools of multicolored fish and contours on the sea floor to explore, from reefs and rocks to walls and wrecks. Here is a …

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Nautical Holiday Happenings

Lighted Boat Parade – St. Croix, USVI

There might not be snow and sleigh rides, but the spirit of the yuletide holidays is alive throughout the Caribbean. Here is a sampling of nautical holiday happenings. LIGHTED BOAT PARADES Deck your decks with lights, ornaments and festively-dressed crew. …

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Blue Haven Marina – The Perfect Port of Call

Blue Haven Marina

Munificence – noun: Liberal in giving, lavish, characterized by generosity. It’s summer’s end and you’re heading south to your Antillean berth … But you’ve heard about an archipelago roughly a hundred nautical miles from D.R., roughly thirty from the last …

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Layla Wins Caicos Classic

Caicos Classic

Landing on the scoreboard early earned the US-based team aboard Layla the Top Boat trophy at the 21st Caicos Classic IGFA Billfish Release Tournament. Held July 7 to 11 and hosted out of the Blue Haven Marina, in Providenciales, Turks …

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Spectacular Diving in the Turks & Caicos

Spectacular Diving in the Turks & Caicos, photo by Aqua TCI

There are a few places in the world where diving and diving conditions fall into place so perfectly that the result is a spectacular underwater experience. The Maldives and The Great Barrier Reef are famous for having the balance just …

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New IGY Marina Program Gives Back to Local Communities

"Inspire Giving Through You" by IGY Marinas:Repairs and maintenance to a community pool facility in St. Thomas is on the list of IGY projects. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Loveland

A new initiative is linking sea and shore-side communities. ‘Inspire Giving through You’ is a community-based initiative launched in November by IGY Marinas, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-headquartered international marina network spanning two hemispheres. The first projects get underway this month in …

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Magic V Wins Caicos Classic

Celebration Time (from left): Jared Fulton, Gerard (Smak) MacKinnon, Alec MacKinnon, Chris Osborne, Rory Osborne

Finding the fish, having experienced crew to land the fish and enjoying a bit of good luck led Dieter Decker and his team aboard the 35ft Boston Whaler, Magic V, to successfully defend their champion title in the Caicos Classic …

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Our Monster Wahoo

Battle fought and won – Katie (left) and friend Trish.

“It’s not a sail boat, it’s a fishing boat” is what I tell people when they peer inside our 34ft Gemini sailing catamaran Turks & Chaos. Fishing rods fill the space where light once poured through deadlights, while lures sit …

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Surprising Providenciales

Photo by Captain Warren East

If you crave remote, uncongested anchorages, abundant dive and snorkel sites, and insanely beautiful beaches with ocean vistas, then look no further than Turks and Caicos. My last visit to these beautiful islands was in 1998 when I cruised in …

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