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Caribbean News from November 2011

An-Tiki goes walkabout

Saint Martin – The raft An-Tiki, which was sailed across the Atlantic to St. Maarten in April, broke lose from her moorings during the passing of Tropical Storm Maria and landed on the beach in the Simpson Bay Lagoon. The raft suffered no damage and was later refloated by Amcon Lagoon Diving services and placed on a secure mooring for the rest of the hurricane season.

David Hildred, who, with Captain Anthony Smith, John Russell and Andrew Bainbridge sailed the raft from the Canary Islands, said a local boat yard had promised to haul the raft for the hurricane season but that offer had fallen through.

Captain Smith thanked Amcon for moving An-Tiki and said that raft and crew hope to continue their voyage to Eluthera, their original destination in the Bahamas, in the spring.

Back to School Regatta

Nanny Cay, BVI – There are some events that you just have to report on and the Royal BVI Yacht Club Back to School Regatta is one of them. Over the weekend of September 10th -11th an amazing group of youngsters battled through rough seas, high winds, thunder, lightening, rain squalls and capsizes yet managed to finish the regatta smiling.

Although some of the youngsters found conditions a little too rough to carry on, they were encouraged not to give up as it takes some time to build up confidence, especially after a long summer break.

Those looking for inspiration found it in Mia Nicolski from the USVI. Mia, who is only eight-years old and weighs 50lb, was way out of her comfort zone but after some coaching she went on to complete every race. Her skill and determination earned her the sportsmanship medal.

CarriCOOS Data Buoys Update

In September we published an article written by All At Sea senior writer Carol M. Bareuther detailing the deployment of CariCOOS data buoys around Puerto Rico and the USVI. As we reported, all CariCOOS buoys, which are critical to the welfare of mariners both commercial and recreational, were deployed on sites selected after extensive consultations with stakeholders in PR and the USVI. In response to this article we were contacted by Professor Jorge E. Corredor, Ph.D., CariCOOS Council Chairman & Observing System Coordinator. Professor Corredor noted that among other assets, CariCOOS also operates a network of hurricane hardened weather stations distributed throughout Puerto Rico and the USVI and said the organization would be grateful if we could assist them by publishing the CariCOOS banner. This we are delighted to do.

For further information, contact: www.caricoos.org

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