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For Women Who Would Like to Take the helm

Cruising the Caribbean

I am not a hotshot racer or world cruiser, but after a lifetime of taking part in dinghy and keelboat regattas, and 20 years of living aboard, I have some helming experiences to share. There tends to be two kinds of …

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The Revival of Bonaire’s Sailing Fishing Boats

Papagayo, one day to go before the races start. Photo by Els Kroon

The traditional sailing fishing boats have returned to the International Bonaire Regatta. Bonaire has a renowned marine heritage in ship building, navigation and fishing. Ship building was commonplace and before engines became the norm, the fishermen put to sea in …

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Galatea Tops Round Grenada Regatta

Richard Amerling, third place in J/24 Match Race. Photo: Steve Brett

Sailors enjoyed lots of late summer racing in Grenada. Fourteen boats set sail in the two-day Round Grenada Regatta, held August 19th-20th, and a dozen teams competed in the first J/24 Match Race on September 17th. Both events were hosted …

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St. Maarten Yacht Club Heineken Regatta

Sunsail bareboat racing to windward in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo: Laurens Morel

Support for the St Maarten Heineken Regatta’s 38th edition has been overwhelming – their Facebook posting announcing that the 2018 edition would go ahead attracted over 1,900 likes, 700 shares and countless messages of support within days. “It is with …

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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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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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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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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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The Rise of Caribbean ‘Boutique’ Regattas

Are ‘Boutique’ regattas the coming thing?

Small regattas are nothing new in the Caribbean. What is possibly trend-setting is intentionally creating a small regatta that caters to one-class of competitors. ‘Boutique Regatta’ is a term coined by Puerto Rico’s veteran race officer and regatta organizer, David …

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Pilot Program Coaches Young Islanders in Sailing

BVI kids in Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society summer camp who participated in the pilot program in 2016

The Caribbean boasts all the components for some of the best sailing in the world: ever-blowing tradewinds, water, water everywhere and boats of all types. Yet, on many islands, younger generations have moved away from seafaring trades. This has led …

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