Caribbean News

France’s Nautech to open refit facilities in Cuba
French based refit and repair company Nautech has announced that they will be opening a superyacht refit facility in Cuba. The announcement comes after Cuba’s borders have been opened to the U.S., with the area anticipated to quickly become the world’s next superyacht cruising destination.

Located to the east of the Bay Havana just 99 miles (160km) from Florida, the facility will offer full service refit and repair for yachts up to 460ft (140m) in length, with six dockside berths with a combined length of 3,600ft (1,100m) as well as a dry dock of 495ft (151m.)

 

The new board of directors at the Marine & Yachting Association of Grenada
The new board of directors at the Marine & Yachting Association of Grenada

MAYAG has a new Board of Directors
At its recent Annual General Meeting the Marine & Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG) appointed a new board of Directors. The board consists of new President Robin Swaisland, while James Pascall retains the post of Vice President.  Rosetta Weston is now Treasurer, and Danny Donelan remains Secretary.  The other board members are: Darren Turner, Dieter Burkhalter, Jason Fletcher and Nicholas George.

In a press release, MAYAG said that over the last five years, they had accomplished a great deal under the guidance and leadership of past President Anita Sutton. That during this time MAYAG was able to secure funding over EC$1 million dollars from CDB and CDE, which was used to improve marketing of the yachting sector, to conduct an Assessment of Economic Impact the Yachting Sector has in Grenada, and to improve security for yachts on their islands.  The funds were also used for a major initiative on training for the many technicians working in the sector.

“The new board is looking forward to building on the success of the previous years and keeping Grenada’s yachting industry growing and improving as it has done in recent times,” MAYAG said.

 

The Moorings’ “By the Cabin” Crewed Yacht Vacations
The Moorings has announced a new schedule of upcoming departure dates for its Sail Away Stateroom vacations in the British Virgin Islands.

Designed for couples or singles, Sail Away Staterooms offer all the benefits of the company’s crewed yacht charters for the price of a single stateroom. This includes the professional service of a private captain and gourmet chef alongside an all-inclusive array of meals, hors d’ oeuvres, drinks and activities suited to the passengers’ personal tastes. Accommodations include a private double stateroom with air conditioning, lavatory and shower as well as common areas both above and below deck.

Available in seven-day, six-night packages, this vacation option offers all the freedom of a private yacht charter plus the opportunity to meet new people and experience everything the British Virgin Islands have to offer.

Daily rates begin at $319 per person for a double occupancy stateroom.

For departure dates and more, visit the ‘Sail Away Stateroom‘ page on the Moorings’ website.

 

Barbados announce serious sailing celebrations for 2016
Now is the time to sign up for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series (16-24 January 2016), as preparations to mark the 80th anniversary, and to commemorate 50 years of independence for Barbados, are well underway.

Thanks to its re-launch in 2014, where a new race format and more record-breaking opportunities were introduced, this Caribbean season opening regatta is now one of the key events on the race circuit, and is fast becoming a speed-sailing, record-breaking favourite.

Three days of coastal racing, the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race (the headline event), and the chance to contest a final 300-mile Ocean Race to Antigua to tie up with the Superyacht Challenge, gives plenty of options for teams looking for early season, top-class racing.

Organized by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and Mount Gay, this regatta always takes place during the third week in January to incorporate the headline event – the 60-nautical mile Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race – which traditionally takes place on Errol Barrow public holiday (21 January).

This year Errol Barrow Day – the birthday of the first Prime Minister of Barbados, and ‘father’ of independence, who was a keen sailor/member of the Barbados Cruising Club – commemorates 50 years of Independence for Barbados.

For more information, visit: http://mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com

 

2016 Olympic Judge David de Vries
2016 Olympic Judge David de Vries

Budget Marine partner David de Vries to be Olympic Judge
Budget Marine partner David de Vries has been made an Olympic Judge for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This will be the second time he has officiated at the Olympics, an excellent achievement given the stringent selection process that takes place for each Olympic event.

The role of a Judge is to ensure fair competition, determine disputes between competitors, assist in areas of race management and make decisions on the fairness of competition. Becoming a Judge involves attending ISAF seminars, passing written examinations and serving at principal fleet racing events both inside and outside one’s own geographic territory, or MNA.

All At Sea joins Budget Marine in congratulating Mr. de Vries on his appointment.

 

Caribbean Sailing Association Establishes Long Term Calendar
The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) has announced the agreement of the major Caribbean International regattas’ commitment to a long term schedule in order to better assist owners and crews in their long term planning.

Praising the new agreement, Peter Holmberg, President of the CSA, said: “The CSA calendar committee worked hard with the various events to avoid overlapping dates. Once this was achieved, the next step was getting everyone to buy in to a long term schedule.”

Holmberg claimed the move would benefit everyone as sailors would get to attend more events. The events would enjoy greater attendance and gain extra publicity by ‘owning’ their time slot, and the islands would receive more visitors and the associated revenue.

“It is a win-win for everyone, and by working together, the entire region will grow,” Holmberg said.

The 2015-2019 International Calendar can be found at: http://caribbean-sailing.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CSA-International-Regatta-Schedule1.pdf

 

Suzuki – now with color options
Suzuki – now with color options

Suzuki now gives you the power of choice
Suzuki Marine now offers a color option when purchasing an outboard engine. The Japanese outboard manufacturer gives the consumer the alternative to choose between their traditional Shadow Black Metallic and the new Cool White.

“We now provide a little something extra to our award winning outboard engines,” said Erving Rosario, sales and marketing manager for Suzuki Del Caribe. “Our customers pride themselves on having The Ultimate 4-Stroke Outboard equipped with unique features such as offset drive shaft, self-adjusting timing chain, the largest reduction gear ratio in their respective class, combined with world-leading Lean Burn Technology all packed in a sleek design that now has the option to be in a Cool White.”

The new color option is available in the mid-range category starting with the DF60A, and all other models in the Inline-4 cylinder and V6 categories.

For more information about Suzuki Marine products, dealers, and services, visit: www.suzukipr.com

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