(Portions and versions of this story appeared in the American Sailing Journal and Sail World. Reprinted with permission. All photos by the author.)
The social elite of Paris and New York descended in their glittering hordes, Mick Jagger bought a villa, Cartier stores began to spring up from the palmetto grass. The Rockefellers, early adopters, had been ensconced in a private compound since the ’50s, the remains of which can be seen above the stunning white fingernail of Columbier Beach.