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Caribbean News – Jul 07

YSATT booking space now for 5th Annual Marine Trade Show

The Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago’s new Management Committee, led by Tommy Johnson of CISL Marine, met recently and is now gearing up for its growing event, this year on Saturday, October 13 at Sweet Water Marina.  Last year 30 companies exhibited and this year, says General Manager Sharon McIntosh, the venue will be expanded to allow a broader range of products and services for boaters.  Contact YSATT at 868-634-4938 or ysatt@tstt.net.tt.

Dockwise Yacht Transport Christens Super Ship

DYT christened its 687 foot Yacht Express at the Yantai Raffles Shipyard in China on May 24. The largest vessel of its kind in the world, it was purpose-built with a semi-submersible dock bay that allows yachts of any size to be floated on and off as cargo and has a service speed of 18 knots, reducing the time of a transatlantic voyage from 15 to 8 days.  Since its maiden voyage in 1987, DYT has transported over 8,000 motor and sailing yachts to various destinations around the globe. The ship offers amenities such as complimentary cabins for ride-aboard crew, a swimming pool, restaurant, and cinema.  www.yacht-transport.com.

Caribbean Marine Association meets

The CMA held its first annual General Meeting on May 8 at the Antigua Yacht Club with a full agenda.  The group discussed the collection of yachting statistics, reporting the impact crime has had on the marine industry and increased security for ports that accommodate large yachts.  Marketing opportunities and membership were reviewed, including a road show to raise awareness of the CMA throughout the region.

Antigua’s Prime Minister Chairs Yachting Industry Meeting.

In other Antigua meeting news, Prime Minister of Antigua, the Hon. Baldwin Spencer, chaired a Yachting Symposium held at Antigua Yacht Club Marina on May 16.  Fifty marine industry representatives met to discuss industry safety & Security, the bureaucratic environment, and marketing the Sector. 

Under water racing in Curacao?

After the Sami Sail races in which traditional fishing boats participated, one boat, the Lagun, sank to a depth of 42 meters /138 ft where she was grounded upright with sails blowing in the current. Diver John Dohmen took this remarkable photo and sent it to the local newspaper Amigoe, which prominently published it on the front page.  Report courtesy of Els Kroon

Horizon Yacht Management launches new service and a hybrid yacht

Horizon Yacht Charters announced in May a new Private Yacht Management Service in three of its four Caribbean locations – Antigua, Grenada and St Maarten – aimed at Yacht owners who want to ensure that their yacht will be well looked after when they head home.  Services included yard supervision, project management, hurricane preparation, ready to set-sail, yacht sales and yacht brokerage.  For more information: Antigua,  info@antiguahorizon.com or call (268) 562 4725; Grenada, horizonyachts@spiceisle.com or call  (473) 439 1000; and St Maarten, horizonsxm@gmail.com or call (599) 544 332 .

Horizon also announced on May 7 the first charter to ever take place of a four-cabin Lagoon 420 Hybrid, which set sail in the BVI.
www.horizonyachtcharters.com

ARC 2007 signs up the 200th entry for November’s crossing

This year’s Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) already is close to reaching the upper limit of 225 yacht registrations. ARC 2007 starts from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands on Sunday 25 November 2007 and finishes at Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia.  Details of all World Cruising Club events and entry lists:  www.worldcruising.com

Turks & Caicos tournament winners place 3rd at massive IGFA Offshore World Championship 

Anglers and 66 teams from some 30 countries on six continents gathered in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to compete over four days in the eighth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship, May 20 – 25.  Teams previously qualified by winning one of 132 IGFA sanctioned catch-and-release tournaments held in 40 countries during 2006, and the event was the single largest contingent of international teams ever in a fishing competition. From our region, teams represented tournaments held last year in the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica (2), St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and Venezuela. Winning third place was the Caicos (Turks and Caicos) Classic Release Tournament team, with 3600 points.  Bruno Ramos, Erick Soderbon, Frank Mallorca, Nelson Fonseca and Mike Moskowitz had 12 marlin releases.  www.igfa.org.

Sea Hawk’s Biocop and Mission Bay Cooper Free paints recognized

Lloyd’s Register is recognizing companies in compliance with the IMO International Convention on the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships, and has named Sea Hawk’s Biocop  (TF) and copper free Mission Bay to their list.  Sea Hawk reports that Biocop (TF) is the first non-tin based antifouling paint to outperform old, tin-based paints.

Mission Bay is an ablative, self-polishing antifoulant for all types of craft.

www.seahawkpaints.com

Save these dates:

Dominica’s 14th Annual Dive Fest:  July 6-15, 2007. Besides Scuba diving, the event will include traditional boat races, photography tips, and prizes including cases of Dominica’s award-winning Kubuli Beer.  The island, by the way, is showcased on a new CBS TV reality-based series, “Pirate Master,” which reportedly will “send 16 modern-day pirates on a high seas adventure where they will… scour Dominica for 33 days in search of hidden treasure that will total $1 million.”

Bitter End Yacht Club’s 21st Annual Pro Am Regatta:  October 27 to November 3, 2007. Once again, the only event of its kind in the world offers amateur and old salt sailors the rare chance to race with the “rock stars and legends of sailing” on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.  Contact John Glynn at 203-656-0799 or jglynn@beyc.com.

Virgin Islands Charteryacht League (VICL) 33rd Boat Show:  November 8 – 10, 2007, Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas. Participating yachts will be offered the special dockage rate of $1.00 per foot for yachts up to 60 feet and $1.25 per foot for those over 60 feet.  The show promotes charter yachts and marine industries. For more details contact Shelly Tucker, viclboatshow@gmail.com and read more in our August issue

The Golden Rock Regatta:  November 12 – 16, 2007.  Windward Adventures will move a fleet of seven Sun Fast 37’s from Guadeloupe to St. Maarten for their charter clients to sail as a “One Design” Racing fleet. www.goldenrockregatta.com

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