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The Sinking of The Kodiak Queen

The Players

It was almost a carnival atmosphere close to Virgin Gorda’s Mountain Point on April 9th. The celebration was to mark the transition of the Kodiak Queen, formerly the US Navy’s YO44 and Pearl Harbor survivor, from a derelict and abandoned …

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The Kraken and the Kodiak Queen

Dive Kodiak Queen Kraken

When Sir Richard Branson and Unite BVI, a non-profit organization; an entrepreneurial group, the Maverick1000; a team of artists called Secret Samurai Productions and a dedicated dive company, Commercial Dive Services all pop up in the news something unique must …

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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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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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New Services Planned for Renovated YCCS BVI

Beautiful Virgin Gorda, home to Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, BVI

Renovations to Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) BVI, in Virgin Gorda, will offer both pampering as well as practical services to visiting yachtsmen when completed this winter. On the creature comfort front, new and expanded services will include extensive provisioning …

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Making Waves & Money for VISAR

VISAR

On June 5, Andrew Ball spent almost two hours swimming on his back from Saba Rock to Leverick Bay Resort and Marina in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. By the time he stood on solid ground, his legs were wobbly and …

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Sailing With Charlie: Superyachts

Sailing With Charlie: Superyachts Graphics by Christine Taylor

Mega Yachts and Super Yachts have only been of passing interest to Charlie, him being more of a traditionalist, but when Charlie is asked to write a story about any facet of boats and the sea he jumps at it …

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Hitching a Ride on a RC44

RC44 Youth Program: Team CEEREF prepares to raise the sails prior to the start of a race. Photo: Todd VanSickle

Cedar International School senior Jason Putley sails a lot, so when he was given an opportunity to do a two-week internship with Team Aqua in the RC44 race series, he did not hesitate. “Everything they did, I did,” the 17-year-old …

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Salty Dawg Cruising Rally and Atlantic Odysseys

Dawgs at Hog Heaven - Virgin Gorda BVI

As the well-established Salty Dawg Rally that goes from the US East Coast to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, continues to attract experienced offshore sailors, over in England three new transatlantic rallies, Odyssey I, Odyssey II, and the Barbados 50, …

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Destination: Virgin Gorda — Devil’s Bay and the Baths

Photo by Monica Pisani

Virgin Gorda’s Baths are one of the British Virgin Island’s most famous landmarks. Granite boulders are arranged as if nature was commissioned to create an interactive sculpture garden of caves, passages, tunnels, and sheltered secret pools at the edge of …

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Leverick Bay Poker Run: Fast Boats for Charity

Boaters register at Leverick Bay Resort and Marina prior to the start of the Poker Run. Photo by Freeman Rogers

On May 24, hundreds of boaters competed in the 14th annual Leverick Bay Poker. The event doled out large cash prizes and donated thousands of dollars to charity. According to co-organizer Javier Lopez from JL Marketing in Puerto Rico, 225 …

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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean

Crew work on Swan 80 SELENE (CAY) during Day 3 of racing. Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

The second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean concluded in style on Saturday, March 7th following four terrific days of sailing in the British Virgin Islands. Excellent conditions and consistent breezes upwards of 20 knots provided constant challenges for …

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Sport Fishing Tournament Preview: May to December

International Billfish Tournament of Club Náutico de San Juan

Billfish and gamefish migration along the 2000-mile Caribbean island chain means that there’s virtually a fishing tournament every month of the year. Here is a sampling of events that take place from May to December. May 6-9: Greet Turtle Cay …

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Superyacht Solution for the BVI

Photo by Captain Warren East

Fifty years ago, when the British Virgin Islands popped up on the radar as a place to cruise, the idea of a “megayacht marina” was about as conceivable as wireless internet. Now it’s possible for a superyacht to turn up, …

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Peter and JJ Isler to Chair the Pro Am Regatta

Sailing Greats Come to Bitter End for Pro Am Regatta Beginning on Oct. 30th the BEYC’s 18th annual Pro Am Regatta will invite amateur guests, pros and juniors to race on their Hunter 216s and Freedom 30s. This year, the Pro …

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