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Here’s How You Can Travel Back to Anguilla After Hurricane Irma - COASTAL LIVING

The swells are big today; the winds, bigger. But on May 30—Anguilla Day—locals still take to the ocean for their annual around-the-island sailing race that celebrates their homeland’s independence from St. Kitts in 1967.

In rustic, shallow-draft schooners with oversize sails (the traditional, hand-built watercraft Anguillans have used for centuries in trade and sometimes smuggling), crews of as many as 25 work in the tightest quarters to keep their boats upright and tacking. All around them bobs a wild barge-and-boat party of locals who’ve come out to watch the action and cheer on their friends. On shore, hundreds more islanders cluster in spots to picnic and watch, many spending the whole day mirroring the route from land.