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Winners Named at Discover the Caribbean

The native-built Chalana class in action. Photo Credit: Carlos G. Lee / Majaderos.com

Forty yachts, everything from a Melges 32 to one-design Hunter 216 and IC-24 classes plus Hobie cats and native-built chalanas, competed in the Discover the Caribbean. This longest running regatta in Puerto Rico, hosted by the Ponce Yacht & Fishing …

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Puerto Rico’s Native Chalana Sailboats

Photo: Robert Davis/Sail Naguabo – 8

Grenada has its workboats, Martinique its yoles, and Tobago its bum-boats. Similarly, Puerto Rico’s native wooden sailboat is the Chalana. Chalanas evolved from fishing boats and coastal traders. They were once used to supply larger vessels anchored in a bay …

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Puerto Rico’s Famous Chalanas

They are a highly competitive one-design. At 75-plus strong, they are one of the largest classes in Puerto Rico with a history that stretches back more than half a century. And, local crowds follow weekend regattas, and the winners, like …

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