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The Moorings & Sunsail relocate in the Caribbean

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The Moorings & Sunsail relocate to Marina Fort Louis in Marigot

Severe damage to The Moorings and Sunsail charter yacht base in Oyster Pond, St. Martin, has led the brands to relocate east to Marina Fort Louis in Marigot. It’s a good move for many reasons. First, the new location is now in one of the most iconic marinas in the Caribbean. With its unique circular shape and striking seawalls, Marina Fort Louis is exceedingly picturesque and often photographed from the historic hilltop fort nearby. Second, though the fort dates to the 18th century, the marina itself is quite modern with WiFi, shower facilities, a dive shop on site, and bilingual staff. Third, the marina is within walking distance to the numerous restaurants and bars on the Marigot waterfront.

“The Moorings offers charters of all types here, including bareboat sailing aboard both monohulls and sailing catamarans, power catamaran charters, and all-inclusive crewed yachts. Yachts in our St. Martin fleet range from 39- to 58-feet LOA,” says Marketing Manager Ian Pedersen. A week’s charter from St. Martin easily includes stops around the island, Anguilla and the Prickly Pear Cays to the north, the offshore islands of Pinel and Tintamarre, and down to St. Barths.

By Carol Bareuther, Southern Boating June 2018

Photos Courtesy of The Moorings

Nanny Cay Marina Bounces Back

Nanny Cay Rebuilt
Nanny Cay rebuilt their docks in Tortola, BVI after Hurricane Irma wiped out 75% of them.

Nanny Cay Rebuilds

They’re back! Hurricane Irma wiped out 75% of the 220-slip Nanny Cay Marina. The Tortola, British Virgin Islands-based facility’s outer marina will have 60 new docks to be completed by early summer. “Once completed, we will have 100 docks in the outer marina with 60 dedicated to short and long-term dockage and 40 occupied by MarineMax,” says spokesperson Alastair Abrehart.

“We have already restored our fuel docks and are serving fuel, water and ice.” However, November is the target date to have docks repaired in the inner marina, which sustained the greatest storm damage. Abrehart says UK-based Walcon Marine is manufacturing the docks, and the first shipment is expected to arrive in May. Nanny Cay plans to host the BVI Charter Yacht Show November 6-9 and the awards ceremony for the ARC Carib1500 Cruising Rally on November 16th.


Interested in chartering in Tortola?

More About Nanny Cay:

One of the most popular sailing destinations in the world, Nanny Cay is nestled in one of the finest locations in the British Virgin Islands. Located on the south-side of Tortola, between the Road Town and West End. It has naturally sheltered inner and outer marinas. Nanny Cay boasts a high-speed fuel dock, 120/220V electricity, and garbage disposal services. They also have luxury shower facilities and restrooms, and their own R/O plant. In case of power loss, they have 100% site-wide backup power.

Planning on extra guests or a chartering excursion? The hotel currently offers 15 air-conditioned rooms, standard and deluxe studios that are convenient and comfortable. Another luxury of the island is a refreshing pool that is available to marina and hotel guests. Problems with your vessel? There is full-service boatyard, which provides boat owners with every possible service and facility needed.

By Carol Bareuther, Southern Boating June 2018

Photos Courtesy of Nanny Cay

When & Where to Watch the Songbirds Migrate

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People watching the Songbirds as they make their way back home. Photo Credit: Robert Mihovil GalvestonCVB

Songbirds Are Coming Home

The songbirds are flying home. We know swallows come back to Capistrano every year—an old song tells us that—but Gulf Coast birders hum their own songs every spring when warblers, orioles, grosbeaks, tanagers, and many other migrating flocks come back from their winter homes in Mexico, Central America and South America. The melody makers wing it over hundreds of miles of the Gulf of Mexico until they reach land. They’re looking for trees and brush, bugs and berries. Birders and binoculars are waiting. Expensive cameras on tripods are pre-focused and hoping rapid-fire shutters capture a birding magazine cover.

Nourished again, the migrating birds fly out to points north where the summer weather is most suitable. Their instincts tell them where to go and primarily follow one of four major flyways—Pacific, Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic—where the weather suits their feathers.

Best Viewing Areas on the Gulf Coast

So where, exactly, are the best viewing areas on the Gulf Coast to watch the songbirds migrate? Audubon Club websites for various gulf coast areas have it nailed. Fort DeSoto Park at the entrance to Tampa Bay is a biggie. Also, check out birding festivals in late April and May. Corpus Christi, which owns the moniker of America’s “Birdiest City,” puts on the “Birdiest Festival” April 20-23. Galveston FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photo Festival is April 17-22. The Cajun Coast of Louisiana is ground zero for the Mississippi River Flyway, so birding there is amazing. The Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration is April 21-23. The Annual Great Louisiana BirdFest in Mandeville is April 13-15.


Galveston Feather Fest

Birdiest Festival in America

Cajun Coast

Grand Isle Bird Festival

Northlake Nature Center

By Bill AuCoin, Southern Boating April 2018
Photo Courtesy of Robert Mohivel, GalvestonCVB

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Catalina Owners Party

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Catalina boat easily glides over the calm waters.

The Catalina Owners Party is sure to be a hit!

Catalina boat owners can ring in the warm weather season by attending an owners party
at the Deltaville (Virginia) Yachting Center on April 7th. Sailors are invited to kick back,
share sailing memories and hash over new plans for cruises with fellow Catalina owners. The party is from 7 pm to 9:30 pm will include live music, appetizers, drinks, and desserts sponsored by Chesapeake Yacht Sales. Attendees receive a Catalina T-shirt and chances
to win door prizes. Winners of the group’s boating photo contest will also be announced. The cost is $15 per person with pre-registration available by email to or call (804) 776-9898.

By Chris Knauss, Southern Boating April 2018

Photo Courtesy of Chris Knauss

More U.S. Atlantic Updates:

Annual Bay Bridge Boat Show

New Division Commander for the Eastern Shore

Annual Bay Bridge Boat Show

This is an image of powerboats at the Annual Bay Bridge Boat Show.
Patrons strolling through the Annual Bay Bridge Boat Show enjoy looking at the powerboats on display.
The Annual Bay Bridge Boat Show kicks off the boating season April 27-29 on the banks of the Chesapeake in Stevensville, Maryland.

The  Annual Bay Bridge Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show on the Atlantic coast north of Florida. The show will display more than 400 powerboats from 7 to 70 feet, including fishing boats, center consoles, trawlers, express cruisers, pontoon boats, luxury cruisers, jet skis, jet boats, ski boats, bow riders, inflatables, kayaks, SUPs, and canoes.

More than 100 exhibitor booths, a large variety of food vendors and a children’s area make it fun for everyone. Show organizers will also conduct Cruisers University at the U.S. Naval Academy April 19-22. It’s a great opportunity to learn information about safely cruising abroad.

By Chris Knauss, Southern Boating April 2018

Photo Courtesy of Chris Knauss

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