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Summer Breeze

Caribbean Yachting www.oceantrader.co

A posh yacht with loads of stern appeal in a Caribbean marina. Image © ocean trader

St. Baths

St. Baths house www.oceantrader.coAn upgraded traditional St. Baths house sits comfortably on a hill on the Western side of Gustavia Harbor. When we sail to SXM or Anguilla the temptation is too great to pass up an easy reach across to St. Baths (St. Barts). This house speaks to the Old St. Baths and all the strong generations of people that have roots here. The same prominent family names that can be found in the Virgins still flourish as the life blood of this tiny gem of an island community. Names like Questel, Bryan, Gumbs, Brin, Laplace, Magras, Gréaux, Blanchard, Lédée and others still provide the cultural backbone to an otherwise obtrusive flow of new settlers with little or no sense of belonging, or local history. On this trip we actually managed to moor in the inner harbor for two days. Dinghying ashore in the evening for a fine dinner with wine will never get old. Image © ocean trader

Le Carénage Over The Years

French Town St. Thomas VI www.oceantrader.coThe fishing fleet in Frenchtown, St. Thomas V.I. has evolved with time. Many of the boats retain a traditional build with newer engines hung on the the stern. Frenchtown is one of the few remaining bastions of St. Thomian culture, and it is still the place to look for the freshest and safest fish on the Rock. Image © ocean trader

Little Boats, Big Dreams

Optimist Pram sailors www.oceantrader.coOptimist Pram sailors savor a Caribbean afternoon breeze with St. John, Virgin Islands in the background. Image © ocean trader

Fleet Methods

Caribbean Charter Fleet SunSail www.oceantrader.coThis fleet only represents part of the outstanding SunSail Caribbean fleet. It is never too late to get in on the good life of Caribbean Sailing. Image © ocean trader

Leopard 27 Open

Caribbean_Travel_0034-2This power yacht was designed by Andre Bacigalupo and her deep v-shaped hull and MTU’s will get you from Sint Maarten to St. Baths quickly with little or no vibration. A nice ride to be sure. Image © ocean trader

Retired And Happy

Caribbean Sailboat Cruising www.oceantrader.coBooking two charters every year is not such a bad routine. Scheduling one for the coldest month back home is a must. Baguettes check..cheese check.. Image © ocean trader

s/v Spike

J/111 Spike www.oceantrader.coThe J/111 one-design thoroughbred Spike sits on her mooring in Gorda Sound. Image © ocean trader

A Quorum

Caribbean Beach Life www.oceantrader.coThis could be Bequia, St. Vincent, Carriacou or even Virgin Gorda. This is what the Locals refer to as Caribbean Vortex conditions. Image © ocean trader

Trellis Bay

Trellis Bay www.oceantrader.coAragorn Studio in Trellis Bay, Beef Island has done much to create Tortola’s own Burning Man atmosphere replete with fire sculptures, music, spontaneous human theater and crazy party vibes. Every month on the water’s edge there is a Full Moon Party. The original Tortola Full Moon Party  is still out at Bamba Shack on the North Coast. Is it barely possible that some people attend both parties on a regular basis? Image © ocean trader

Q Flag

Passport 40 yacht, www.oceantrader.coA Passport 40 crew launches dinghy after a late afternoon arrival to Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda BVI. Image © ocean trader

Chinese Team Dongfeng Wins VOR Leg 3

Sam Greenfield photo, Volvo Ocean Race 2014 - 201527JAN15 – Volvo Ocean Race Team Dongfeng took a decisive win on Leg 3 of this very competitive offshore global race. Coming in second of the six boat fleet was Team Abu Dhabi Racing. The VOR fleet was originally a 7 boat contest until Team Vetus Wind (skippered by Australian Chris Nicholson) sailed their 7 million dollar racer onto a charted reef in the Indian Ocean during Leg 2. Team Dongfeng never lost the lead position after departing Abu Dhabi sailing a tough 4,670 NM route through the Malacca Straits to Sanya, China. Photo shows Dongfeng crew member Liu Xue. Image courtesy of Sam Greenfield.

Caribbean Sailor

Nathan Haycraft, Caribbean SailorRBVIYC sailor Nathan Haycraft pauses from disassembling his Opti rig to give us a photo. Nathan skillfully sailed clear of beach swimmers and other one design craft as he called it a day after sailing drills near Nanny Cay Beach, Tortola (BVI). Image  © ocean trader

Lazy Anchorage

Caribbean Travel - www.oceantrader.coThis anchorage on Tortola’s North Shore has something for everyone. Cane Garden Bay is on the itinerary when it comes to the perfect Caribbean sailing vacation. Image © ocean trader

Sailors Wanted

Caribbean Charter Yachts - www.oceantrader.coThese gorgeous Beneteau yachts were the few remaining boats at the dock at this busy charter operation in Sint Maarten over the weekend. Sailing season in Caribbean has never seen so many fine boats. The monohull sailors appear to hoist sails and enjoy Trade Wind sailing more often than any other sailing configuration. Image © ocean trader

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