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Abandoned vessels under scrutiny
French Saint Martin – Métimer, the French Marine Trades Association, met in July to discuss the number of abandoned vessels and wrecks littering the Simpson Bay Lagoon. At least 25 wrecks have been identified on the French side of the Lagoon and Métimer say they would like to see them removed. With peak hurricane season aproaching, Lagoon watchers say they are concerned the abandoned wrecks may drift during a storm, causing pollution, damaging property and endangering lives.

Virgintino publishes latest cruising guides
FreeCruisingGuides.com has announced that A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles, a three volume work by Frank Virgintino, is now available for download. The guides cover the Virgin Islands in Volume I; the Leeward Islands in Volume II; and the Windward Islands in Volume III. The three volumes taken together comprise over 620 pages drawn from more than 40 years of cruising the Lesser Antilles by the author. To download all three volumes free as PDF files, visit: www.freecruisingguides com.

International Rolex Regatta
The Notice of Race is out and the website is up for the Fortieth International Rolex Regatta (IRR) to be held March 21st – 24th 2013.

“We are welcoming new supporters on board including Captain Morgan Rum and Moorings / Sunsail who will supply us with a committee boat,” said St Thomas Yacht Club Manager Bill Canfield, adding “this is very exciting news.”

The regatta will also be welcoming charter boats to sail this year, an IRR first.The regatta is looking for volunteers to head up committees and get the ball rolling.

“Were hoping to make the 40th the best ever,” Canfield said.

For more information, email: canfieldvi@gmail.com

Island Global Yachting Marinas Environmentally Sound
Island Global Yachting (IGY) Marinas announces the granting of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) Clean Marina Award to its three marinas in the Yacht Haven Grande Collection.

Meeting all of the ICOMIA criteria for an environmentally aware facility, Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas, Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia and The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol in St. Maarten have responsibly fulfilled the initiatives to become ‘clean’. Some of those efforts include: Proper waste and recycling management, clean and efficient storage of fuels and oils and the prohibition of sewage discharge.

As part of the Gold Anchor award, each marina is subject to the three-year compulsory environmental audit by The Yacht Harbour Association on behalf of ICOMIA. The three marinas in the Collection are currently under review in the Gold Anchor program.

The International Council of Marine Industry Association Clean Marinas Program was established in 2008 and is intended to encourage national and regional clean marinas programmes to meet a common set of internationally recognized criteria drawn up by experts from the ICOMIA Environmental Committee and Marinas Group; applications are scrutinized by a dedicated panel. Current ICOMIA’s Clean Marinas Program members include the marina industry associations of Australia and New Zealand, Germany and The Yacht Harbour Association’s (TYHA) Gold Anchor Scheme.

For details, visit: www.icomia.org

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