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Palm, Punch, and Passion

Hand tooling a belt. Photo by Jan Hein

While punching holes for a hand-tooled leather bag, Annalea Mills recounted the incredible nautical journey that brought her to the studio she occupies in Antigua’s Falmouth Harbor. There was never an intent to become a sailor nor an artisan leathersmith, …

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New Fund Established to Help Hurricane-ravaged Barbuda

Destroyed Housing on Barbuda courtesy of Simply Antigua and Barbuda

Waitt Institute Sets up Emergency Relief Fund for Humanitarian Aid In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma on Barbuda, a partner community of the San Diego-based Waitt Institute, the Institute has established the “Barbuda Restoration & Conservation Trust<http://www.waittinstitute.org/barbuda-hurricane-relief>.” …

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Antigua & Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament

Team Incognito, winners of the Mikie Pigott Jr. Memorial Classic

Good vibes and great skills led the team aboard Incognito to win the Mikie Pigott Jr. Memorial Classic, hosted out of Nelson’s Dockyard on June 2nd. However, when it came to the team defending its top boat title in the …

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Antigua Sailing Week’s 50th Edition

The Grand Awards Ceremony for Antigua Sailing Week was held in Nelson’s Dockyard and the UNESCO World Heritage Site was a fitting venue for the 50th edition of this historic occasion. A stage glittering with dozens of trophies formed the …

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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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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta – Mariella Returns

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Mariella Returns

Mariella, the 1938-launched, 80-foot Alfred Mylne-designed Bermudan yawl, returns this month to race in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta after a two-year hiatus. It’s something owner Carlo Falcone, proprietor of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour, has looked …

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Thirty Years of Classic Yacht Regatta Success

Classic Yacht Regatta

When Antigua Sailing Week began in 1967, pretty much every boat in the fleet was a classic. Most were charter yachts that ended their season by racing to and from Guadeloupe. Race Week expanded; boats evolved into modern machines; and …

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Antigua Francis Nunes Jr. Memorial Tournament

Antigua Francis Nunes Jr Memorial Tournament Team Crab Hole Liquors – Cook-off Competition winners

Knowing where to go and how to fish proved the secret to success for two teams at the Francis Nunes Jr. Memorial Tournament and Seafood Festival, hosted by the Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Club in September. Sean MacMillan and …

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Caribbean Racing Season 2017: January to March

RORC Caribbean 600. Photo: RORC Caribbean 600/ELWJ Photography

Here’s what, where, when and how you can jump aboard during the peak Caribbean racing season. January 16-24: Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series Break records on January 21 at the 81st Mount Gay Round Barbados Race. “We have 14 …

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Marinas In Focus: Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua

What do rock star Eric Clapton, motorsport personality Eddie Jordan and billionaire businessman Paul Allen have in common? A port visit to the Jolly Harbour Marina. It is here, situated on the sheltered west coast of Antigua, that everyone from …

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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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The Schooner Columbia’s Caribbean Debut

Photos by Jan Hein

When Columbia, the replica of a 141ft Gloucester Fishing Schooner, rounded the point into Antigua’s Falmouth Harbor for the first time, nearby bars and eateries emptied out. Customers fled their seats, hurrying dockside to check out the vessel that had …

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On Charter in Antigua: The Log of Blue Voyage

charter Antigua

  Monday 1015 hours. Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua. “Winds perfect, fifteen knots,” Sunsail staffer Chris Donahue says at the skipper briefing, held in a two-centuries-old building. Blue Voyage, a Sunsail Jenneau 41, is just as perfect as the winds. …

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Caribbean News: CSA Opens New ORC Office in Antigua

Caribbean Sailing Association Open ORC Office in Antigua The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) has opened a new Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) Rating Office in Antigua to serve sailors in the Caribbean region. Starting September 1, 2016, the CSA is authorized …

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