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Docks at the IGY American Yacht Harbor Marina come alive with fishermen and spectators for the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. Photo: Dean Barnes
Docks at the IGY American Yacht Harbor Marina come alive with fishermen and spectators for the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. Photo: Dean Barnes

August 2013 Caribbean News

Get ready for Marlin Fest! August 16–22
The Cayman Islands are known for their Pirate’s Week. Antigua is celebrated for its Sailing Week and Wimbledon well known for its ultimate tennis competition. Likewise, Virgin Islands’ waters are famous for their blue marlin bite. Now there’s Marlin Fest! Marlin Fest 2013 is coming to Red Hook, St. Thomas, this summer and everyone is invited to participate!

“Marlin Fest is a week of fun packaged vacation activities planned around the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT), also known as the Super Bowl of Big Game Fishing Tournaments,” explains tournament director Jimmy Loveland. “You could say we spent 40 years building the tournament, now we’re putting the bleachers around it.”

Marlin Fest is a great way for visitors to see and experience the Virgin Islands, plus be amongst the tournament activities even if not fishing. It’s also a great way for fishermen to visit this U.S. territory on a recon mission and consider fishing the ABMT next year.

For more information, visit: www.abmt.vi

First Yacht Enters 2014 RORC Caribbean 600
Carrying the flag for host country Antigua and intent on at least a class win, Bernie Evan-Wong had chartered Peter Rutter’s Grand Soleil 43, Trustmarque Quokka 8 within an hour of docking his Mumm 36, High Tension after the finish of the 2013 race earlier this year.

“I decided I would look for a bigger boat for the next race and realised Quokka – who was docked next to me in Falmouth Harbour – was the best choice for my purposes, so I made a commitment there and then. Signing up early shows my serious commitment to the race and my crew,” said Evan-Wong who has competed in all five editions, achieving two podium positions with High Tension.

The Baths on Virgin Gorda voted #1
Leading travel review website TripAdvisor has listed The Baths on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands as their number one choice in the top 10 wonderfully unique beaches around the world.

The Baths are made up of enormous boulders, wading pools and natural grottoes, and a visit to this delightful area should be added to any BVI cruising itinerary.

Reviewers list The Baths in their top 20 attractions to visit on Virgin Gorda in addition to being named a Travelers’ Choice 2013 Winner.

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers offer new Cape Verde route
In 2013, demand to join the ARC has been unprecedented and World Cruising Club have announced the addition of a new route option for the world’s most popular cruising rally: The Cape Verde Islands. Designed to give even more dedicated cruising sailors the chance to join the transatlantic rally of choice and offer a new experience for returning participants keen to expand on their previous crossings, ARC + Cape Verdes will depart Las Palmas on November 10, two weeks earlier than the traditional start, and feature a three-to-five day stopover in Mindelo, Sao Vincente, before continuing with the trade winds to Saint Lucia.

Team from Curaçao shine at Bonaire ProKids 2013
There were wins for Curaçaoans Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes and Stefan De Bell at the 9th Bonaire ProKids sailed May 31 – June 2. Jean Paul sailed to first place in the under 15 division while Stefan captured first place in the Slalom under 11 category. Organizers praised the high level of competition in all Divisions in what was described as perfect sailing condition.

For full results and photo gallery, visit: www.prokids freestyle.com

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