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NEWS – Timoneer claims Superyacht Cup

Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament Announces New WBS Sanction

The 26th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament (TCBT), June 7-12, 2009, Abaco, Bahamas, will now be a sanctioned event of the World Billfish Series (WBS) joining more than sixty tournaments in seven worldwide divisions of the WBS World Tour. The WBS Caribbean Division includes other top-shelf billfish tournaments, such as the BBC, San Juan Invitational, British Virgin Islands Billfish Tournament and others.
www.treasurecay.com.

Timoneer claims Superyacht Cup

After close racing and a nail-biting finish to The Superyacht Cup Antigua, the Dubois-designed 44m ketch Timoneer claimed victory on December 13.  Jim Teeters’ Bucket Rating System had all of the yachts finishing within five minutes of each other.  Prize giving for 160 people was held at the Copper and Lumber Hotel in Nelson’s Dockyard.
www.thesuperyachtcup.com

Shipwrights Ltd. relocates

Fred Thomas announced in December a move for Shipwrights, formerly in Grenada Marine, to a new facility on the waterfront in the same bay, St. David’s Harbour, as an independent enterprise and one-stop boat shop.  A new 100 foot, side-to, wooden dock has a 14 foot draft.  Initially in Tortola in the late 1970s thru 1990, after a short stint in Trinidad, Thomas and Shipwrights moved to Grenada to assist with setup of Grenada Marine with Jason Fletcher. The focus of the company is in the refit and restoration of fine yachts. Total or part Project Management and haul or launch supervision are also offered. www.shipwrights.com

Puma still a contender in Volvo Ocean Race

Antigua’s Shannon Falcone is aboard as a Trimmer/Pitman on Puma Racing Team which finished second into Singapore on the third leg of the Volvo just before Christmas, third overall in the race to date.  In a close finish, the top four boats arrived after ten days of racing from India within 20 minutes of one another. The race teams head to China and are scheduled to depart Quingdao on February 14 for Rio. wwwvolvooceanrace.org

Get away to St. Lucia

Discovery at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia has put together a Mariners’ Getaway package “perfect for captains in need of a break between charters, charter guests who want to spend a few nights ashore, or charter brokers looking for a short holiday between the Caribbean yacht shows and the start of the Mediterranean season.” Stay a minimum of two nights at the luxury resort and they’ll throw in dinner for two, complete with a bottle of house wine, and a US$50 spa credit. The offer is valid up to April 18 with rates starting at US$505 per night. (Conditions apply.) Tel: +1 758 458 5300 or resa@discoverystlucia.com. www.discoverystlucia.com

Yacht Moorings in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica

Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security (P.A.Y.S) reminds boaters that moorings are available in the Prince Rupert Bay Harbour.  The cost is US$10 per night, $50 per week, and $170 per month.  Fees should only be paid to collection agents Eddison Tours or Providence (Martin), and each collector will be carrying ID and will provide you with a receipt.  All fees will go to both maintenance of the moorings and supporting the night security provided by P.A.Y.S. Those not wishing to use the moorings are asked to moor your boat to either side of the mooring designated area.  P.A.Y.S. is a registered non-profit association established in 2007 to run security patrols every night from November through May in the main yacht anchorage of Portsmouth.  The organization currently includes 18 members from the yacht tourism sector in Portsmouth.  Donations are welcome.

Complete your Grenada Board of Tourism Yachting Survey

Grenada Board of Tourism will launch its Yachting Survey in 2009.  Questionnaire forms will be available at Ports of Entry to be completed and returned when clearing out.  In cooperation with the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada, GBT is hoping to learn more about how Grenada can develop and improve facilities and services, in what is a thriving sector of tourism.

Esther Thomas, Head of Research and Planning at the GBT said, “We are interested in the whole range of yachting visitors coming to Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique and the form is designed to apply to everyone – liveaboards, charter clients, ‘hurricane season’ storage visitors and megayachts. We ask all yacht captains to co-operate and look forward to getting feedback.”

Also available at Ports of Entry is the MAYAG 2008/9 Grenada Marine Guide.  See also the Boating section and Yacht clearance form available at www.grenadagrenadines.com.

New website for women sailors

Three women sailors, Vanessa Williams, Debbie Roser and Radeen Cochran, launched a new interactive website in October for women sailors everywhere at www.WmWAVES.com.  Registration is free.

Save the date

February 14 to 24:  Route du Carnaval 2009
The 4th edition of the Route du Carnival departs this month from Port du Marin, Martinique and stops in Bequia and Tobago Cays before arriving in Trinidad for Carnival celebrations.

February 19 to 22:  Grenada Classic Regatta
Sponsors this year include www.belairplantation.com and www.lepharebleu.com.

April 4 to 28:  Transcaraibes 2009
Departing from Marina Bas du Fort, Guadeloupe, the rally will stop in St. Martin, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica before ending at the Marina Cienfuegos in Cuba.  Stephane Legendre of Club Transcaraibes says, “I would like to mention that those rallies are not only open to French speaking participants from France, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Martin. On the contrary all nationalities are more than welcome.  Some editions have accounted with more than six different nationalities.” www.transcaraibes.com

April 11 to 12:  Anguilla’s Second Annual Festival Del Mar
A community based culinary event celebrating the freshest catch from the sea and the fishermen who provide it, is set for Easter Weekend with free admission. www.anguilla-vacation.com

Passages

Morris Yachts Mourns the Loss of Founder Thomas D.C. Morris

Morris Yachts announced the loss of their founder Thomas D.C Morris Sunday, December 7. He died at home in Southwest Harbor, Maine surrounded by his loving family.  In 1972, Morris opened the doors of Morris Yachts in a boat shop he built behind the family house in Maine. His son Cuyler became President of the company in 2001.

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