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Caribbean News April 2010

Grenada Lifts H1N1 Port Restrictions

The Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada reported in late February that, with the passing of the swine flu threat, restrictions regarding ports of entry for yachts have been lifted. The Ministry of Health has announced that entry requirements are now as they were pre-H1N1. A medical officer will be retained at The Grenada Yacht Club, but yachts can clear in at any of the ports of entry. For more information, contact mayagadmin2@gmail.com.

TruPlug® a Crowd-Pleaser at Spring U.S. Boat Shows
Forespar Products' TruPlug® sold briskly as an impulse buy for consumers at this winter's boat shows, the manufacturer reported. The award-winning item is a soft, cone-shaped plug designed to conform to the unpredictable shapes of most hull breaches. At the Miami International Boat Show, Forespar also featured its Marelon Integrated Plumbing System which drew multiple orders from boat-builders interested in its chrome mushroom thru-hull and remotely-operated ROV valves.

Pilot Nizard is Final Island Water World Online Game Winner
The third and last winner of a dinghy-outboard combo is sailor and airline pilot Herve "RV" Nizard who resides on Dominica. From November till January, online shoppers at www.islandwaterworld.com were eligible to win a Walker Bay Air Floor Hypalon AF240 dinghy and a Mercury-5HP-outboard combo worth $3,200 US.

New Fiberglass Repair Book Available
Roger Marshall's latest book, "Fiberglass Repair Illustrated," is now available in book store and chandleries. The 192-page paperback, which tells how to make repairs to a fiberglass boat and how to finish and paint those repairs, includes more than two hundred pictures and drawings.

Uplifting Days at Trinidad's Power Boats
Power Boats's new Acme 60-ton Marine Hoist is in operation, a big improvement over their previous 50-ton model. Along with lifting capacity 10 tons greater, the lift is substantially quicker at lifting boats and moves at a faster speed through the boatyard. The forestay clearance is about four feet more than on the previous model, which means the majority of sailboats up to about 46 feet LOA can now leave their forestays in place when being lifted.

Le Phare Bleu Staff Teams Compete for Best Oil Down
Grenada's Le Phare Bleu Marina and hotel's Swiss owners, Dieter Burkhalter and Jana Caniga held a Staff Oil Down Competition over the Independence weekend. Three staff teams entered and guests were invited to taste competing dishes of this Grenada culinary specialty. Winning team was Orange Slash.

Jamaica Lightning Bolt to be Greeted by the Real Thing
The 10-yacht Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race flotilla will spend a few festive days at Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonia, Jamaica in mid-May. The crew of Jamaica Lightning Bolt will be greeted by the eponymous "World's Fastest Man," Jamaica's Usain Bolt, reports the marina's Dale Westin. The boat took second place in February's Race Six from Singapore to Qingdao. The Clipper 09-10 Race started from the north east coast of England on September 13, 2009 and will return to there on July 17, 2010.

American Eagle Resumes Service to Haiti
American Eagle announced plans to restart daily San Juan-Haiti service in March and also will operate two flights a day from Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. AE and AA have made more than 30 relief flights to Port-au-Prince since the earthquake, according to AMR Corp., the airlines' parent company. AMR has more than 100 employees in Haiti and has operated in the country since 1971.

Product Spotlight

ATL'S new "FueLocker"TM range extension fuel bladders
Planning a long voyage and worried about your boat's fuel capacity? ATL Inc. has introduced a
new line of "FueLocker"TM collapsible, on-deck fuel bladder tanks.
"FueLocker"TM carries design improvements that enable it to fill higher, carry more fuel and takes up less deck space. The bladder tanks are offered in standard sizes ranging from 100 gallons to 300 gallons and can be custom made. Details: www.pillowtanks.com

Save the Date
April 14 and 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: St Thomas Spring Yacht Show and Marine Trade Show, Yacht Haven Grande Marina: Join captains and crews of term charter yachts, day sail and tour operators as well as the boating public. Ship chandlers, provisioning and many other marine services will be represented. To register: www.vicl.org or contact the VICL office at 774-3944.

May 15 and 16: Sixth Annual Captain Oliver's Regatta, Oyster Pond, St. Maarten: Coors Light will sponsor, with categories for Beach cat, Racing monohull, Performance monohull, Cruising monohull, Racing multihull, Cruising multihull, Bareboat, Beach cat and Corporate Challenge. New is an addition of a three-day rally to Nevis the week prior to the regatta. www.coyc-sxm.com

Mercury Marine Hosts Caribbean Dealers

Mercury Marine Latin America and Caribbean held a distributor meeting and private cocktail reception on February 10 in Miramar, Florida to kick-off the 2010 Miami International Boat Show festivities. The event gave dealers the opportunity to meet face to face with the Latin America and Caribbean staff for the latest information on Mercury's services and products.

Passages
On November 30, 2009, David M. Hamilton Sr., the founder of Hamilton Real Estate on St. Croix, died at the age of 84. He served in the Coast Guard at sea for three years, was awarded two bronze stars during World War II and moved to St. Croix in 1958 where he developed real estate. Hamilton was an avid yachtsman, sport fisherman and seaplane pilot, and was a member of the St. Croix Yacht Club.

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