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Caribbean News – Aug 05

The Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard is
looking for a stolen yacht Tauranga III.
Anyone with information on the vessel, which is 63′ with a dark blue hull,
should contact the T&T Coast Guard on 634 2131.

Puerto Rico’s Tom Hill and Titan Win Class at Block Island

Tom Hill of San Juan, PR, and his Titan XII sailing team won their class in June’s Block Island Race
Week presented by Rolex. The five-day competition hosted over 2000 sailors on
190 boats and in 17 classes. Titan
sailed in the highly competitive IRC Super Zero class, winning seven out of 10
races and never finishing worse than second. The race week, hosted biennially
since 1965 by the national Storm Trysail Club on the tiny island of Block
Island ten miles off the coast of Rhode Island, has grown to be one of the most
popular sailing events in the country.

Missing persons

Interpol is seeking information on S/Y Pisces, last seen in Grenada in 2004.
The vessel has a South African man, last name Grey or Gray, on board. Interpol
is also seeking information on an Austrian National Robert Riegl, DOB 14 April
1948, who is said to be on board the vessel S/Y Escape V.

Those with information on the above cases are asked to contact Gina
Carvalho at YSATT on ysatt@trinidad.net
or call (868) 634 4938

Anguilla Clearing

The authorities in Anguilla wish to remind
boaters, particularly those who head over to the island for the August
festival, that it is necessary to clear in through Customs and Immigration.

Those wishing to visit anchorages outside Road Bay and other Customs
Clearing points have been required to purchase a cruising permit, (ranging from
$38 to $57 per day) for a while, but many boats from neighbouring islands have
got into a habit of not submitting themselves for clearance. The message from
now on is that fees will be enforced, clearing required, and duty collected on
imported taxable goods.

Curacao Marine

According to Manager Gijs Boer, the official
opening of the yard at Curacao Marine will be on November 5, with a capacity of
80 yachts. Plans for 2006 include expansion to an upper yard, with a further 80
storage spaces, and the installation of a 50-berth marina. If all goes to plan,
expect duty free chandleries on site by the end of next year, as well as a
80ftx30x30 spray paint workshop.

The yard has a shuttle to a nearby supermarket, chandlery, laundry and
Customs and Immigration. A new hydraulic trailer is on site to specialise in
big cats up to 33ft beam.

To get in touch with the marina, contact Gijs on curacaomarine@interneeds.net

Fete accompli?

Was St Martin’s popular Fete du Nautisme in
May the last? Rumours have been circulating on the island that the waterfront
event – a blend of marine industry stalls, maritime displays, catering and
concerts, has become too big to continue in the current format. For Metimer,
whose members help organise the Fete, it’s a case of the spirit being willing,
but the flesh exhausted. According to President Yves Kinard, “the organisation
of the Fete as we have run it up until now is too heavy for several members.”

While no official decision has been made as yet, expect an imminent
rethink on how Metimer members can deliver one of the highlights of the St
Martin marine calendar without comprising their own business requirements at
the end of the season.

Larus Roc wins Marion-Bermuda Race

St Maarten’s showcase trimaran, Larus Roc,
got the best possible start to her summer US public relations campaign by
winning the 645-mile Marion Bermuda race.

Captained by owner Lars Svensson, with tactics from Ian Martin, the tri
passed the St David’s Lighthouse in Bermuda some 12 hours ahead of the next
finisher, Alacrity, setting a new
record for multihulls in the biennial race.

Once on land, Captain and crew met the Governor of Bermuda, Sir John
Vereker and other interested visitors.

Larus Roc is in the US for summer to take part in various races and to promote
the island of St Maarten. Sponsors for the tour include Budget Marine, Island
Waterworld and Bobbys Marina.

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