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Summer in the IslandsIf you’ve assumed that summer is a particularly sleepy time in the Caribbean, you’d be wrong. In an effort to attract tourists in the low season, many of the islands have come up with festivals, concerts, and other events; it’s a great way to get a taste of island life. It will take some Web browsing to find out what’s going on, or you can check
Chart briefings are like snowflakes in that no two are the same. This was especially true of the one Al Ashford of Horizon Yacht Charters gave before my family and I set sail on a recent weeklong getaway in Antigua—if for no other reason than the amount of time Al spent talking about the seas.
Being a skilled bareboat captain is about more than being a skilled sailor—just ask the folks at the American Sailing Association, who have been massaging the curriculum of their Bareboat Cruising Course for several years.
I wasn’t that surprised when the jib car came off in my hand. I had gone forward on Joker, our chartered Beneteau Cyclades 50.5, because my crew wanted the headsail lead adjusted. The wind was light and although a three-foot jib track on a 50-foot boat wasn’t going to have that much impact...