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Caribbean News January 2011

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Volunteer Kick Off Party

Simpson Bay – They say it takes a whole island to throw a party the size of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. What they don't tell you is that to offer some of the best racing in the world requires a whole lot of volunteers. And volunteers are exactly what they got, in numbers, during the annual volunteer recruitment party held at the revamped St. Maarten Yacht Club in November.

Following a speech by regatta founder Robbie Ferron, music and much complementary Heineken beer, a group of dedicated administrators got down to the hard work of signing up a taskforce willing to work long hours simply for the joy of seeing the 'Green Machine' maintain its place as the number one regatta in the Caribbean. Would you like to Volunteer? Visit: heinekenregatta.com

Budget Marine Grenada Go Fishing
Spice Island – In November Nicholas George, Manager of Budget Marine Grenada signed a three year Lead Title Sponsorship deal with the Spice Island Billfish Tournament, adding yet another event to those already supported by the Budget Marine group of companies.

"This without question is the largest fishing tournament in the southern region with the nearby countries always being well represented," said George. "This tournament has been in existence since 1964 and it is one of the few tournaments where a 'Grand Slam' is possible.

The event, to be known as the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament, takes place January 23 – 27 2011. All anglers are invited to take part. For information visit: www.sibtgrenada.com

USVI Crown Bay Marina Upgrade

St Thomas – It was a hectic summer at Crown Bay Marina, where workers and staff were out in force upgrading the facilities in preparation for the new yachting season.

"We manage retail property here at Crown Bay and that's where our upgrades are," said Director of Operations Jane Wherren.

Extending the laundry facilities was just one of the items on the marina's to do list. Elsewhere on the property, popular Tickles restaurant renovated their kitchen and improved and expanded their seating. And a new, larger awning means you don't have to run inside when it rains.

"We are very proud of the property itself," said Wherren. "We've got lots of vegetation and green space, and we maintain it the way we would like to see it. Many of our guests tell us Crown Bay Marina is their home away from home." Info: crownbay.com

PASSAGES

GODSPEED RODNEY NICHOLSON

On the final day of the 2010 Tortola Charter Yacht Show, the charter yachting community lost one of the foundations of our business. Rodney Nicholson, age 82, passed away, his daughter Dana at his side, in Blue Hill, Maine. He is reported to have passed quietly and peacefully.

In 1949, Rodney, with his brother Desmond and their father, Commander V.E.B Nicholson, began chartering from English Harbour, Antigua, aboard the family schooner Mollihawk. This eventually led to founding a charter yacht central agency now located in Newport, and the premier charter yacht show in the world, as well as one of the original charter vacation brokerages, not to mention other numerous benefits to Antigua. Rodney Nicholson took part in the entire spectrum of the charter yachting business.

Born in 1927, Rodney learned to sail whilst in Bermuda, where his father was posted. He later assisted in restoring and refitting Mollihawk and sailed her to the Caribbean, initially to Barbados. The occasional tourists that ventured into the then run-down Nelson's Dockyard found Rodney ready to take them on down-island sailing adventures, and thus began the Caribbean charter business.

In 1956 Rodney married Julie; a young lass that had sailed into Antigua aboard Yankee and who was smitten by the handsome lad. Julie became the retail voice of the family charter activities. Rodney is survived by Julie and daughters Dana, Shelby, and Libby.

At the closing event of the Tortola Charter Yacht Show we all lifted a glass in Rodney's memory. Rodney has been described as a welcoming and jolly soul. Julie Nicholson said of Rodney, "He was a truly fine fellow – a consummate yachtsman – and he loved being part of our wonderful yachting family."

All at Sea join Dick Schoonover in paying tribute to Rodney Nicholson.

LATEST PRODUCTS AND EQUIPMENT

WAVESTREAM BILGE FILTERS

Sailing to Europe this year? In a move to protect the environment from the effects of oil and diesel, anyone pumping oily water out of a bilge is now in breach of Regional Craft Directive (RCD) regulations throughout the European Union, and even small quantities discharged into the water can carry severe penalties for boaters. Wave International's range of Wavestream bilge filters are officially Recommended For Use (RFU), in all boats built to the Recreational Craft Directive. They could even keep you out of trouble on this side of the Atlantic as more countries enforce heavy penalties for the smallest oil or diesel spill.
Info: www.wavestream.co.uk

NEW GRAB BAG FROM KANNAD MARINE

Abandoning ship is traumatic enough and things can only get worse if you have to leave behind some vital piece of survival equipment. Kannad Marine have come up with a special grab bag in which to stow vital equipment should you have to leave you vessel in a hurry. The emergency yellow Grab Bag is ruggedly constructed, so it's up to the job of holding those critical items while a crew awaits rescue. Double thickness walls are waterproof and a fold over top secured by strong Velcro and an additional strap ensures extra sealing power. The Grab Bag should be packed with an EPIRB and PLB, flares, first aid kit, fresh water, survival blanket, torch and other survival items.
For list of distributers visit: www.mcmurdo.co.uk

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