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Caribbean News – Feb 07

“Definitive hurricane symposium” for marinas & yacht Clubs:  March 1-2, 2007

Feel uneasy every year when June 1 rolls around?  Or, think you might just teach them a thing or two?  You may want to hop up to Florida next month.  The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) with Marine Industries Associations of Florida and South Florida (MIAF and MIASF) invite all to attend their jointly-sponsored conference at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.  Participants will learn successful storm preparation tactics from other marina operators, exchange ideas, hear how to "harden" their facilities, and develop a written hurricane plan. Also on display will be state-of-the-art storm-preparation products from a variety of vendors.

BoatU.S. Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich says, "We saw a real need to gather owners of marine facilities together; the future of boating in many areas depends on all of us in the marine industry working together to find solutions."

Registration for the day and a half conference is $200 and includes lunch, a reception, and all conference materials. For more information:  log on to www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes, contact KLoyd@BoatUS.com, or call 703-823-9550, ext. 3561.

Interlux sponsors “Captain Kids”

Captain Kids is a nonprofit program that was founded in 1999 in the city of Newport, Rhode Island, USA, to help all kids become more aware of water activities and provide information on access to resources so they can become active participants for a lifetime.  In December, Interlux, supplier of marina coatings and finishes to the pleasure boat market, signed on as a sponsor of the Captain Kids 2007 youth education initiative.  Their support makes possible boat show exhibits and a web site with resource materials and emailed bulletins including idea exchange for all who run kids water-related programs:  best practices, fund raising, lesson plans, and more.  www.captainkids.org.

Classic yacht Kate is launched in St. Kitts

Philip Walwyn christened his new 78 ft classic 12M Kate in St. Kitts during December and immediately began sea trials to prepare for January’s St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta. The yacht was built by Walwyn and his team at Pleasant Boats Company in St. Kitts—
using mahogany, Oregon pine, Sitka spruce and teak—to Alfred Mylne’s original plans from 1908, the year after the International Rule was formed. Philip Walwyn lofted the lines of the yacht. Ian Nicolson, who worked for the Mylnes, and now owns their archive of some 500 designs from the late 19th century to about 1940, is the naval architect who did the structural analysis to enable Philip to build to the current 12 Metre Rule.  Kate has no engine and navigates without any modern electronic systems (except hand held GPS, VHF & Iridium).  Watch for the lovely Kate gracing our waters this season.

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