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Caribbean News August 2010

Summertime Kiteboarding for Puerto Rico Kids

San Juan’s 15 Knots Kiteboarding School and Vela Uno have created a new alternative for teens 12 to 18, a Summer Kite Expression Camp. Instructors this year included Juan Carlos Morales, Luis García, Víctor Bruno and Hanniel Pabón. “Kiteboarding is a relatively new water sport, which is in full development by adopting aspects of other sports, like surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, sailing, snowboarding and skateboarding,” said Juan Carlos Morales of 15Knots. Last year, the camp was attended by 52 young people.

Yacht “Goes Green” with 144 Volt DC Hybrid Electric Drive System

Caribbean Marine Electrical Ltd., with 14 years of experience, was selected to design and install the 12V DC and 125V AC electrical systems for a 55 foot luxury catamaran built from scratch in Trinidad, a first-of-its-kind project in the Caribbean. The owner specified the most efficient LED dimmable lighting and state-of-the-art electronics and conveniences. To power the yacht and its systems the owner decided on a 144V DC Hybrid Electric Drive System, a new “green” technology which saves fuel and in fact re-generates 144V DC while under sail. The main challenge, the company reports, was to successfully and safely integrate the 144V DC Electric Drive System with the 125V AC Shore Power and Inverter Supplies with the 12V DC Service. The happy catamaran owners are now cruising the Caribbean. For more information, Caribbean Marine Electrical Ltd. electromarine@tstt.net.tt

IGY Creates “Anchor Club” Loyalty Program for Captains

Island Global Yachting this year unveiled a new program to reward their most loyal yachting partners with “special offers, complimentary dining at area restaurants, private crew parties, gift cards, a lottery drawing for the world’s most fabulous cars and toys, iPods, unique sailing-inspired merchandise and much, much more.” Apply to join the IGY Anchor Club on line at www.igyanchorclub.com.

Participating IGY Marinas as of June in our area were Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia, The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol, St. Maarten, Simpson Bay Marina, St. Maarten, American Yacht Harbor, St. Thomas, USVI and Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas, USVI with more international marinas soon to be added.

Tortola’s Parts and Power Holds Workshop

Tom Gerker advises that Parts and Power Ltd. of Tortola recently completed a four-day Organization and Time Management course for their personnel. The training concentrated on increased customer satisfaction. Topics included meeting customer commitments, meeting project deadlines, better communication through email correspondence and scheduling tips. The company is in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Store Bay Marine Services Opens at Crown Point, Tobago

A new company has opened to provide a wide range of services to Tobago’s domestic and visiting yachts. Store Bay Marine Services Limited, based on the waterfront at Cable Beach, offers service engineers for repairs as well as long term in-water storage on secure moorings. The facility provides water, diesel, gas and propane together with laundry and Wi-Fi internet. The founder is English yachtsman John Stickland who has 20 years of international sailing experience. Website: www.sbms.co.tt, or email: john@sbms.co.tt.

Sailing to Cuba? Better Be Insured

Dale Westin, manager of Errol Flynn Marina, Port Antonio, Jamaica advised that from May 1, Cuban authorities are insisting that all visitors must have adequate medical insurance. “If you don’t have any, the Castro brothers will be happy to sell you coverage for your stay there at the rate of $3 USD per day, per person through their Cubatur agency,” said Westin. “Our Cuba intel sources say the enforcement of the new rule is a bit spotty but you can be certain it will improve as time passes … the Cubans will not accept policies from any USA insurance underwriter – no big surprise there!”

Four Farr 40 Yachts Head for Sydney

Writer/photographer Els Kroon spent part of her summer on the Deltagracht, a cargo ship which transported 30 yachts from West Palm Beach for Sevenstar. Four of the boats were Farr 40 racing yachts that participated in the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds in April at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic, including Transfusion, which took second place. The boats will be unloaded in Newcastle, Australia where crews will start winter training for the next Farr 40 worlds in Sydney, February 23 to 26, 2011.

Lady Angler Hooks First Place at Treasure Cay

Out of a field of 15 boats and nearly 100 anglers in the 27th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament June 13-18 at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina, Abaco Bahamas, one woman, Lisa Flack, on Kilowett out of Lighthouse Point, Florida, leaped to the top on the first day and held the lead until the end.

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