Automatic External Defibrillators presented to Marine First Responders in St. Croix
In December, the AED Fund presented new Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the St. Croix Rescue Squad, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), the Virgin Islands Police Department Marine Unit and the VIPD Training Unit. Four years ago, there was just one AED on the island. The addition of four AEDs, purchased for US$6000, brings their number to 124, in 91 St. Croix locations.
“When someone stops breathing, is non-responsive, and has no heartbeat, there is a ten-minute critical window before that person dies. Having an AED nearby can be the difference between life and death for that person,” said Project Director Cher Will.
She said that AEDs on the Marine units of first responders means that visiting and resident boaters – and also tourists – have a better chance of surviving a heart attack on board.
The new AED units will be on or near the water in both Christiansted and Frederiksted, and are available by calling 911.
Parts & Power Appointed as Caribbean distributor for Kubota Engines
In a recent announcement, the company said they hold stock of Kubota generators and parts to ensure immediate availability and customers in the British Virgin Islands can purchase directly from Parts & Power in Port Purcell, Tortola. A stock of generators is also held in a Bonded warehouse, ready for immediate dispatch to customers in other parts of the Caribbean. www.partsandpower.com
Royal BVI Yacht Club Prize Giving and Annual Awards Presentation
The 2015 prize giving ceremony took place during the Commodore’s Dinner where the Royal BVI Yacht Club also presented its annual achievement awards.
In the Youth Categories, the Best Club Helm award went to Nathan Haycraft, while Samuel Allen picked up the Most Improved Dinghy Award. Danny Petrovic was awarded the Best International Youth award, the award coming just weeks before he left for Malaysia to represent the BVI at the ISAF Youth World Championship. The INTAC Sportsmanship Award was presented to Thad Lettsome.
“It is always difficult to select the winners of these awards,” said Commodore Tod Patterson. “So many of our young sailors show remarkable talent and commitment to their sailing. The future is definitely bright for Team BVI.”
Winners in the adult categories included Aaron Gardner, Chris Haycraft and Dick Schoonover.
Greenhalgh puts stamp on Amlin International Moth Regatta
Lying second overall entering the final day, Greenhalgh won all three races to win the championship and the winner’s share of $5,000 of the $10,000 prize purse.
“The week has been fantastic,” said the 38-year-old Greenhalgh of Hamble, England. “It’s been good to come to a new venue. Everyone’s been very hospitable. I hope it keeps going.”
“Amlin is very proud to have supported this year’s successful Moth Regatta, which featured world class sailors in a world class sailing destination, Bermuda, the home of the 2017 Americas Cup,” said Rob Wyatt, CEO of Amlin’s Bermuda Branch. “We have been involved in specialist [re]insurance for over a hundred years and supporting exciting events like this enables us to reinforce our connection with the marine industry and with Bermuda.”
For full results and more, visit: http://bermudamoths.com/index.php/results
Phaedo3 takes Line Honors in RORC Transatlantic Race
Grenada – No need for pistols at dawn as Lloyd Thornburg’s mighty green MOD70, Phaedo3 crossed the finish line off Quarantine Point, completing the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race in 5d 22h 46m 03s. Waging a ‘Master and Commander’ style battle from the start in Lanzarote, Team Phaedo held onto their lead, finishing less than two hours ahead of Tony Lawson’s MOD70, Ms Barbados (Concise 10) and taking Line Honors victory in the second edition of the race.
Despite the dawn arrival, Phaedo3 received a huge Spice Island welcome in Grenada after over 3,500 miles at sea from the RORC Race Team, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority Rudy Grant, and General Manager Glynn Thomas and his team from Camper and Nicholson’s Port Louis Marina – all there to greet the crews on the dock following much anticipation and excitement in Grenada for the first arrivals.
After champagne and a few cold beers, the whole team jumped into the pool and Phaedo3’s Co-Skipper, Brian Thompson raved about the race:
“It was a fantastic race. What could be better than two great islands to start and finish in (Lanzarote and Grenada); it is a really good race course and we had a great competitor in Concise! It was a great match race across the Atlantic and we were never more than 70 miles apart. That’s only two and a half hours at the speeds we were going, equivalent of 20 miles apart on normal boats. We also did nearly 678 miles in one day and we averaged 28.3 knots which is fantastic.”
For more information and full results, visit: http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org