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Caribbean News – Aug 08

World Cruising Club takes over noonsite.com

UK-based organizers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which brings hundreds of boats to St. Lucia each December, announced in June that they have taken over noonsite.com, a free, global website for cruising sailors, from its founder, author and sailing "guru" Jimmy Cornell.  The site was launched in 2000, attracted over 15 million hits in 2007, and provides essential information to sailors planning an offshore voyage including clearance formalities, visa requirements, fees, weather, special events, and other facts for 193 countries and almost 1800 ports. 
www.worldcruising.comwww.noonsite.com.  

Team Develops New Online Yacht Management Software

Tom Patterson and Alan Ritchie have teamed up to develop Yacht Record, an on-board and online software management service for yachts that organizes manuals, logs, inventory, photos, drawings, schematics, and more into a user-friendly system accessible anywhere via the Internet. “All your yacht’s information in one place,” said Founder and CEO Patterson. “Safe, secure and accessible.”  For details:  www.yachtrecord.com.

New Appointments at Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago

The Management Committee of YSATT announced in June that Gina Hatt-Carvalho has been appointed Manager of YSATT.  Employed with YSATT since 2002, Hatt-Carvalho has had a close working relationship with the members and has helped plan and execute such events as the annual Marine Trade Show.  Catherine Whitby, who worked at Boaters’ Enterprise in Chaguaramas, is YSATT’s new Administrative Assistant.
Former General Manager Sharon McIntosh, who resigned in December to accept a position within the government, continues as manager of The Caribbean Marine Association and chairperson of the Government Assigned Yachting Steering Committee.

Reefs of Tobago and St. Lucia bring countries millions in benefits

The World Resources Institute (WRI), an independent, non-partisan and nonprofit organization announced estimates in June of a high annual economic benefit derived from the coral reefs of Tobago ($44 million US) and St. Lucia ($94 million US) for each country’s tourism industry and fisheries.  The full study, “Coastal Capital – Economic Valuation of Coral Reefs in Tobago and St. Lucia,” was released by WRI, the Buccoo Reef Trust (BRT), the Institute of Marine Affairs, theGovernment of St. Lucia, and many others.  Funding for the project came from the MacArthur Foundation, the United Nations Environment Program – Caribbean Environment Program, theOcean Foundation, and other public and private groups.  www.wri.org.

Getting More from Your Fuel

With record high fuel prices, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) shared a few good tips recently with its 650,000 members on reducing gas consumption.  Boaters are advised to remove unused equipment in the bottom of lockers, carry less water (weighing 8.33 pounds per gallon) for day trips, tune up the engine and prop, paint the bottom, distribute weight evenly, and consider installing a fuel flow meter.  www.BoatUS.com.

Fishing for Visitors

Discovery at Marigot Bay on St Lucia’s west coast launched a package this summer aimed at fishing enthusiasts.  With a four-night stay at the resort, anglers will receive two sport and game fishing excursions.  Package rates start at $2091 per person.  www.discoverystlucia.com

New Partnership for Antoine Questel

St. Bath professional windsurfer Antoine Questel, leader of the French Formula championship and third in French Funboard championships, has signed with Mistral for boards and The Loft for sails after 5 years with Gaastra/Tabou. “I thank Mistral and The Loft for their confidence and I will do my best to represent these two brands in France and in all countries, in the World Cup, and in World championships,” Questel said. 

Flying Cloud Soon Come For Divers

The British Virgin Islands Scuba Organization recently announced that Premier Ralph O’Neal has given written permission to secure the Windjammer S/V Flying Cloud and sink it for Scuba divers.  With the BVI Tourist Board, the group is in the process of bringing the 208 foot long, 400 ton barquentine home from Trinidad to the waters she sailed in for so long.  Built in 1935 for the French Navy, Oisseau des Isles (Bird of the Islands) saw duty during World War II in the Pacific.  In 1968Flying Cloud joined the Windjammer fleet and sailed the waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel.  The vessel was retired from active service in 2002 when upkeep expenses became prohibitive. 

BVI Scuba reports that Kevin Rowlette of Husky Towing has volunteered to tow her from her current resting place at the dock in Port of Spain in Trinidad.  When she arrives in the BVI, she will rest on Flying Cloud’s old hurricane mooring in Great Harbor on Peter Island while the BVI SCUBA Organization prepares her for sinking. The arriving date, sinking date, eventual location, program, and chance to dive this historic wreck will be released as more information becomes available.  Donations are needed to cover the $100,000+ cost of this effort.  For much more on her history and details on the project, see www.bviscuba.org

Tall Ships Day for 2009 St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta

West Indies Events and the St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta Foundation announced in June that a Tall Ship Day has been added to the January 2009 event  The first to register for the event is the 245 ft (75.5 m)-long Canadian built and based barquentine Caledonia, carrying 1,579 square meters of sail, 31 guest cabins and 20 crew.  The event kicks off on Thursday, January 22, with Tall Ships Day on Saturday.
www.ClassicRegatta.com

Save the Date

The Superyacht Cup Antigua will take place December 10 to 13, 2008 in historic Nelson’s Dockyard.  www.thesuperyachtcup.com

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