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Caribbean News – June 09

100 Russians race 108 miles aboard charter yachts

Horizon Yacht Charters (Antigua) hosted the first Russian Sailing Centre, Antigua & Barbuda Sailing Regatta in April. Two racing divisions, consisting of Horizon Yacht Charters and Dream Yachts took part, for a total of 16 yachts racing to Barbuda before returning to Jolly Harbour after six days. Horizon Yacht’s Bavaria 40 Mystery, sailed by skipper Vladimir Noga and his crew, won their division and also picked up the trophy for Overall Regatta Winner. www.horizonyachtcharters.com

RORC and UNCL announce new IRC rating website

The Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Union National pour la Course au Large, joint owners of the IRC Rule, have given IRC its own website. The new site has rules, definitions, guidance on measurement, and race management guidelines as well as news feeds, new boat information from builders and news of IRC events, race reports and results. Although the CSA rating system is widely used for Caribbean racing, the IRC system also has been implemented at some regattas in this region. www.ircrating.org

Sunscreen for your brightwork?

Sikkens Cetol® Marine products now feature Next Wave™ Technology for enhanced UV protection. “Our unique Next Wave Technology acts like a sunscreen to deflect and scatter harmful UV rays. Cetol Marine Natural Teak was the first product to include Next Wave Technology and now we are offering it in all Cetol Marine products,” said Brian Waple, Product Manager for International Paint. The technology protects while allowing for the natural expansion and contraction of wood, and allows moisture to escape, to prevent blistering and flaking of the finish. www.yachtpaint.com.

Jolly Harbour Marina gets hurricane proof cradles

Just in time for H-season, British-based Yacht Leg and Cradle Company delivered 10 new large yacht cradles to Jolly Harbour in Antigua. The galvanised steel cradles are designed for yachts up to 75 feet length overall and 10 ft draft. The use of ground anchors and lashing straps with the cradles assist in the security of the yachts in winds gusting up to 134 mph. Jolly Harbour is a full service marina with 130 berths and a storage capacity for 200 boats. www.jolly-harbour-marina.com or www.yachtlegs.co.uk for information.

Camper & Nicholsons Grenada meets with local stakeholders

Management of Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina had its first meeting with local businesses and stakeholders in the Lagoon area at the marina on March 25 to outline next steps and encourage discussion of concerns. Project Manager Robin Swaisland explained plans for further development at Port Louis during 2009, and circulated two drawings to show the extent of berthing to be added as well as the location and size of a construction support area required by contractors building the marina.

Ninth “Summer Sailstice” launches June 20 – 21.

The annual sailing holiday on the summer solstice weekend will again encourage people show support for ocean conservation. Sailstice founder John Arndt said, "We expect record participation…School’s out, and nothing’s better than grabbing cool drinks, a picnic lunch, and enjoying the water with friends and family on the longest day of the year." The event will be celebrated by over 12,000 sailors from 20 countries and all 50 of the United States. Every sort of sailing craft is invited to participate, from windsurfers and kite boards, to tall ships and multihulls. Register your plans at www.summersailstice.com

New marine paint formulas leave reduced “chemical footprints”

Pettit Marine Paint has made a long-term commitment to development of environmentally gentle marine paints and coatings."Pettit has developed additives and formulations that leave greatly reduced chemical footprints, some with nearly zero trace," said Pettit general manager John Ludgate. For example, with composite copper technology, the traditional cuprous oxide is replaced with silica, reducing the copper content by up to 40%. The result is a copper antifouling made from materials naturally found in the ocean. For more details on the new products: www.pettitpaint.com.

Passages

Kitty Probyn, wife of St. Thomas Yacht Club Vice Commodore Colin Probyn, passed away on April 8 after a long illness. Commodore William Newbold announced her death to members with great sadness:  “She will be missed. She was truly a beautiful lady in body and soul.”

Sir Howard Hulford died on March 9 in Antigua at age 86. Hulford, with Desmond Nicholson, developed the idea in 1967 for Antigua Sailing Week, first held in 1968, as a way to extend the winter tourist season. Born in the USA, Hulford was a pilot in World War II and attended Cornell University’s hotel school. He was an executive pilot for Phillip Reed, chairman of General Electric, and first came to Antigua in 1957 while flying Reed to the island. He noticed a finger of land jutting into the sea and later developed it, with his wife Michelle, into the Curtain Bluff Hotel, which opened in 1962. Last year, Hulford was named Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation for his contribution to the building of Antigua and Barbuda and to the welfare of its citizens. As his memorial notice stated: “His out-sized character and enthusiasm for life will be sorely missed.”

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