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Caribbean News – Jan 08

Hot Youth Sailors coming to Curaçao This Year

Two big events mark 2008, starting with the 4th Curacao Youth Championships (CYC 2008) January 2 to 4. Opti and Splash participants are expected from the Netherlands, USA, South America, and Caribbean countries.  Results will be posted at www.cyc 2008.org.

In June, OPTINAM (North American Optimist Championships) are set from June 28 to July 6 for kids up to age 15. 200 Sailors from more than 25 countries are invited to shoot for top honors at the event, organized under auspices of IODA (International Optimist Dingy Association) and the ISAF (International Sailing Federation). www.optinam2008.org.

New Nevis Moorings

Nevis resident Robin Cotterell, who sails a Morgan 461 sloop, emailed: “I am pleased to advise my fellow sailors that the Nevis Ports Authority had 100 moorings placed along the lee side of Nevis from Charlestown up as far as Oualie Beach Hotel. The four yellow Buoys at Charlestown are for yachtsmen who are clearing in to Nevis.  All the others are for vessels up to 60ft at the skipper’s own risk.”  Spencer Hanley, General Manager of Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority, sent photos of the new installations and reports that there is also a designated area where yachts in excess of 90 feet can anchor.

Sjambok takes 2007 Gulf Stream Series, 2008 Series Begins

“Something is right,” Michael Brennan said, “when a yearlong series comes down to three boats neck & neck going into the last regatta of the series and the season.” Brennan, of Potomac, Maryland, USA, took first place in the 2007 Gulf Stream Series. The 2008 Notice is available now online at www.us-irc.org for the series that runs from January through November. There will be three Group 2 Caribbean events for 2008: the International Rolex Regatta, BVI Race Week, and the Presidente Cup in the Dominican Republic.  “The Presidente Cup is new and should be an exciting new venue for IRC racing,” organizers say.

Green Course Charted for Charter Offices

The Moorings, Sunsail, and Footloose Sailing Charters are developing a new “LEED certified,” $2.8 million headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, due to open in May.  The healthy design is expected to be the first building in Clearwater to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The project will contain an array of “green” features like lighting which turns off when not in use. “By its nature, sailing is a green vacation choice, and this development is an extension of our worldwide environmental policy, spearheaded by our largest base in the British Virgin Islands, with improvements in marina water quality, recycling of grey water and prevention of pollution during yacht maintenance,” says Lex Raas, company president.

A Black Dog and Lots of Fish at Anegada Tournament

At the Captain Lowell Wheatley Memorial Gamefish & Billfish Tournament held October 20 and 21, Jerry Emanuel ended up with a total of 276 ¼ lbs of fish and took the prizes for the Gamefish Division. Black Dog with Captain Kirby Hodge was the only boat to catch and release a Blue Marlin and took home the prizes in the Billfish Division among several other awards.  Seven boats took part. Youngest Anglers, ages 6 and 8, went to Trayesha and Jenesha Emanuel of Bad Dog with a combined total of 11.5 lbs.

 Epiphany rescued after collision

Jon Clayton of Caribbean Adjusters & Marine Surveyors Limited sent a report of a 46’ Hunter 466 boat abandoned by owner Edward Michaud and crew the evening of October 27 after loss of its rudder in heavy seas.  People aboard were recovered by the motor tanker Atlantic Prosperity and delivered to the US Coast Guard in San Juan, PR, and the owner tracked the vessel by satellite.  Salvors Clayton and Brett Stillman, with Michaud, obtained a makeshift temporary rudder, boarded the Argos III, and tracked the vessel down 10 days later, just eight NM from where she was abandoned.  The team eventually was able to tow Epiphany into Soper’s Hole on November 8 where she cleared BVI customs and proceeded to Nanny Cay for a well-deserved rest.

You think YOU buy a lot of anti-fouling paint?

Nearly 2,000 boat bottoms in the Moorings and Sunsail fleets will be re-painted over the next 11 months with Micron® 66® paint from Interlux Yacht Finishes.

“Micron 66 performed to antifouling standards we had not experienced before,” said Martin Challis, Group Technical Director for Moorings and Sunsail Vacation Charters. “Its performance and durability will save the company money on a short and long term basis. We are also reducing the impact on the environment, since Micron 66 does not use TBT and uses less copper more efficiently than any other bottom paint.” For information on Interlux antifouling products, visit www.yachtpaint.com.

Solo Sailor Crosses the Atlantic at 85

Ernie Seon sent word of American sailor Bill Marden who arrived at the Rodney Bay Marina after crossing the Atlantic from the Azores in his 52 foot yacht alone when his brother cancelled plans to join him. He did it, he said, “because no one was foolish enough to come with me.”  Marden, a World War II Navy veteran and scientist from Texas, has been sailing for 30 years.  He reported bouts of bad weather. “I knew all the while that one slip and it would be the end,” he said. Marina General Manager Cuthbert Didier says that in his decade at the Marina, no one of Marden’s age has sailed in after single-handedly crossing the Atlantic.

St. Croix Gala to Benefit Roseway

The World Ocean School, a nonprofit organization that provides educational programs aboard the vintage schooner Roseway, is holding a gala dinner party on Saturday, January 12 at the St. Croix Yacht Club in support of the group’s winter afterschool activities and sailing trips for local school kids.  Built in 1925 in Essex, Massachusetts, Roseway has been a fishing vessel in the Grand Banks, a pilot boat in Boston harbor, a Coast Guard reserve vessel during World War II, and a windjammer along the coast of Maine. The historic schooner is now based on St. Croix, USVI during the winter.  Benefit tickets at $125 per person are available by calling 340-626-7877.  www.worldoceanschool.org.

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