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Caribbean News – July 09

Guy Harvey named to IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame

Grand Cayman’s Dr. Guy Harvey will be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame on October 27, 2009 at a gala dinner in Dania Beach, Florida. Each year, honorees are selected for the significant contributions through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. There are 75 men and women enshrined in the Hall of Fame including Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway. A renowned marine wildlife artist, scientist, philanthropist, diver, photographer, videographer and television host, Harvey was born in Jamaica and lives and works in the Cayman Islands.

Marina Management Services responds to economy’s effects

Marina Management Services, Inc. (MMS) is retooling its workout consulting and management programs to respond to the increasing number of marina projects that are returning to lenders in various stages of bankruptcy and foreclosure. MMS has received increased inquiries from banks, lending institutions, hedge funds and developers requesting assistance with troubled projects. “The dockominium and rackominium concept pushed purchase prices for waterfront property and marinas to unprecedented levels. This leaves lenders in a compromising situation as they attempt to wrestle with five or 10 million dollar losses,” said Dennis Kissman, President of MMS. The Boca Raton, Florida company provides market feasibility studies, comparable analysis, market studies, design analysis, comprehensive financial analysis and onsite marina management services. www.marinamanagement.com

Montserrat yachting numbers grow

As a result of a targeted marketing campaign, Montserrat’s yachting sector has seen a 62 percent increase in yacht arrivals since 2005, according to the island’s tourist board. Up from 219 yacht arrivals in 2005, arrivals in 2008 reached 354 yachts and brought a total of 1,840 passengers to the island. “We look forward to continue developing this market and expanding our yachting facilities in the future,” said Marketing Manager Ishwar Persad. Yachtsman can call at the Port of Little Bay where a full service marina is planned in conjunction with development of a new town center. Immigration information and downloadable customs forms are available at www.visitmontserrat.com.

Nanny Cay adds retail and therapy

Two new businesses recently opened at the British Virgin Islands’ Nanny Cay Marina. Island Roots is a clothing and coffee shop and Sole Spa offers spa therapies and personal care treatments. Cameron McColl, co-owner of the resort and marina, said, “We will continue to encourage complementary businesses to Nanny Cay and continue to invest in the infrastructure to reach our goal as a pre-eminent resort and marina in the Caribbean."

BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) to the Med

If your dream is to cruise the Med for a couple of months in the comfort of your own boat but you lack the time or the range to get there, Dockwise Yacht Transport has a handy solution. DYT offers special rates this year for a roundtrip package that departs Ft. Lauderdale, Florida or Newport, Rhode Island in early August and delivers your boat to Sardinia, Italy in late August. After you cruise your favorite destinations in the Med, DYT will meet you in Palma de Mallorca in late October to bring the boat back to Florida. To reserve, contact Gina or Laura at dyt.usa@dockwise-yt.com or call 1-866-744-7398 and ask for the “package deal to the Med.” More details:  www.yacht-transport.com.

Sunsail to support Olympian’s bid

Sunsail Sailing Vacations announced a new sponsorship agreement in May for 2008 Olympic medalist Zach Railey, to support his preparation for the 2012 UK games. The company plans a one week “Sailing with Railey” BVI flotilla November 6-13 as a fundraiser with donations from each customer who sails, matched by Sunsail. A company spokesman says that sponsorship and fundraising support is expected to raise in excess of $40,000 in the first year towards Railey’s campaign costs. Railey, from Clearwater, Florida, won a silver medal in the Finn class in China and was named the US Sailing 2008 Sportsman of the Year.

Save the Date:

November 8 – 13, 2009:  Rescheduled 10th IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Tournament officials announced a new November date in late April after postponing the planned mid-May championship due to rising reports of swine flu in Mexico. International fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosts nearly 50 winning teams from 19 countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 qualifying events held in 2008. It’s the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Information: Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com.

August 15 – 16, 2009:  Caribbean Dinghy Championships, Barbados

Sanctioned by the Caribbean Sailing Association, this year’s dinghy championships will be organized by the Barbados Sailing Association, Inc. It is open to five Caribbean countries and each may enter one team as below to compete for the Caribbean Dinghy Championship Trophy. The team will consist of: Optimist Silver, Optimist Gold, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, and Echo 12, two-person, jib and main. Racing will take place in Carlisle Bay and six races are planned in each class. For more information, contact Anne: tindale@caribsurf.com.

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