Around St. Maarten Multihull Regatta changes format
A statement issued by the St. Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Club Foundation and the Sailing Club St. Maarten Foundation (SCSMF) has named the SCSMF as the new organizing authority for the Around St. Martin Multihull Regatta.
The multihull regatta was started three years ago as a race organized by the Classic Yacht Club with Mirian Ebbers as race director. The new foundation was formed to allow the multihull regatta to become independent.
“This year we will have two days of racing, with the first day going around the island. On day two we will have multiple shorter courses,” says Ebbers, director of the 2013 regatta.
The Sint Maarten/St. Martin Multihull Regatta takes place February 22nd to 24th 2013. www.StMaartenMultiHullRegatta.com
Pro Kids Bonaire Freestyle & Slalom Championship
The 8th Pro Kids Bonaire Freestyle and Slalom Championship was a fantastic way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Aquaspeed Bonaire Windsurfers Organization. The event included windsurf freestyle and slalom competitions, stand-up paddleboard races, dominos, bolas (Bocce ball), and beach soccer. The Telbo Big Splash competition, where participants race across a course of trampolines, logs, jungle gyms and more inflatable floating obstacles while the fire department uses their big hoses to try to knock the participants down, made for great entertainment. The festival drew participants from several countries including Mexico and the USA, and attracted some of the top ranked sailors in the world.
Photos, videos and full results are available on the event’s website along with the trailer for Children of the Wind. The documentary tells the story of young children from Bonaire who journey from humble beginnings to international fame in the sport of windsurfing, transforming not only their island but the face of the sport worldwide. http://www.prokidsfreestyle.com
Grenada celebrates the return of the Mandalay
‘The spice island welcomes home the Windjammer Mandalay’ says the Grenada Tourist Board who made the announcement following the decision by the Mandalay’s owners to again choose Grenada as the ship’s Home Port. In a press release, the board said: “The Mandalay can often be seen at anchor off the Carenage in St George’s and this boost to our tourism product should be enjoyed by many.”
The Mandalay’s 2012 itinerary will take the ship to many islands and anchorages in the Southern Caribbean.
Yacht Haven Grande St. Thomas appoints new general manager
Island Global Yachting Marinas announce the appointment of Gili Wojnowich as the new General Marina Manager for Yacht Haven Grande’s Marina. This is a promotion for Mr Wojnowich who has been at Yacht Haven Grande since 2010 where he served as Assistant Marina General Manager.
Wojnowich is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and a graduate of Emory University (Atlanta) where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the Goizueta Business School as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. He holds a USCG Master Captain’s License and is an avid fisherman, boater, and scuba diver.