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Caribbean News June 2010

Record-Breaking Season for Marina at Marigot Bay
St. Lucia's Marina at Marigot Bay, which opened for business in 2006, reported in late March that the 2010 Caribbean charter season broke all records, with occupancy rates that averaged 97% each month. The marina provides berthing and full services for mega yachts as well as mid-size yachts, both long stay and short-term visitors. www.marigotbay.com

Free Cruising Guide to the DR Now in 4th Edition
The Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic is now available free on line at: www.dominicanrepubliccruisingguide.com. The fourth edition of the guide has 35 more pages and includes seven additional harbors and anchorages, and can be downloaded in English or Spanish.

Rincon Sailing School Seeks Support

Rincon Sailing, a small sailing school on the west coast of Puerto Rico, began teaching in the spring of 2008 with two 15-year-old Sunfish. With an expanded fleet, the summer program last year grew to seven camps and 80 sailors, including 12 on full scholarships. "With the Mayaguez 2010 Caribbean and Central American Games, we are excited to showcase sailing and continue to introduce our sport to the children of Puerto Rico. We are looking for any boats, gear or equipment we can use for our camps this summer," said Jeanne and Jeff Sinclair. Contact them at 787.421.4700, rinconsailing@gmail.com, or through www.rinconsailing.com.

Tortola Junior Sailors Participate in Queen's Baton Relay
The BVI sea leg of the Commonwealth Games' Queens Baton Relay 2010 Delhi turned out to be a challenge of its own in March. With strong winds and high seas, the planned sailing fleet was reduced to three keelboats supported by safety boats. The Baton was carried by Pink Panther, the BVI Water Sports Centre flagship, driven by 15 year old Jaye Noel, crewed by Jahmoi Albert and Baton Bearer Joseph Wells, escorted by a full complement of the Territory's safety at sea organizations. At the mouth of Road Harbour, as keelboat sailors Eben Meyers, DonTae Hodge and Delroy Gordon saw the flotilla approaching, they began the last part of their sail toward the ferry docks and watching crowd. Once safely moored, the Baton was passed to Mark Chapman and continued its land-based course. A tradition since 1958, the relay is the curtain-raiser to the Games every four years, and was launched October 29, 2009 at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

New Channel Marking into Cole Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten

Lagoon Marina St. Maarten sent us the following update: Since February 2010 the channel toward Lagoon Marina and FKG in Cole Bay Lagoon has been marked clearly by the Lagoon Authority. The American system is used (red, right, return). The channel starts at the NW point of Simpson Bay Marina and runs across Cole Bay. Reportedly, this is a great improvement for yachts with a draft up to nine feet (10 ft. with high tide) because previously the marking of the channel was confusing.

Correction

When Peter Muilenburg's article "Navigation 101" appeared in the April 2010 issue of All at Sea, the name of photographer Franklin Tulloch (www.earthboundstudios.com) who donated photos was omitted by mistake. We thank Mr. Tulloch for his fine images and apologize for not crediting him appropriately when the article ran.

Postponed: The Fishing Event, St. Martin
Organizer Bertrand Lacotte notified anglers on April 15 of his decision to postpone June's scheduled tournament for a year, citing an economic situation that is still difficult for some." I apologize but unfortunately, after discussion, we have to take the decision to postpone the Fishing Event 2010 to 2011. It's not an easy decision but we cannot at the moment warranty the viability of the event."

Gary Brown's New Book
Long time All at Sea contributor, radio host and yachtsman Gary Brown can now add the title "author" to his CV. Brown's thriller "Caribbean High" follows three retired Special Forces officers in a gripping chase that begins in the steamy jungle and continues on the raging sea. The book is for anyone who enjoys a ripping yarn and is available online (and soon from Amazon.com as an E-book.) www.garyebrown.net

Product Spotlight
Bitstorm BAD BOY High Power Wi-Fi Devices

Bitstorm Inc. from Toronto, Ontario introduced three new Wi-Fi products this spring, BAD BOY Xtreme, Express and Unleashed, to get boaters connected to the internet whether in a marina, a yacht club or at anchor.
Optimized to use a 6dBi omni-directional antenna, they provide superior coverage with ranges in excess of five miles. The BAD BOY Xtreme and Express use an all digital cable that installs up to 300' from the computer, allowing optimal reception location, such as masthead, resulting in a clearer signal. Including a built-in router, they plug into the laptop's ethernet port. The Unleashed is an optional companion product that rebroadcasts the received Xtreme or Express Wi-Fi. Boaters can now use multiple simultaneous computers wirelessly, anywhere on their boat without a physical cable connection. All are small, purpose-developed devices with no software to install, and work with any operating system. Kits start at $99 US. Contact sales@bitstorm.com or visit their website at www.bitstorm.com.

Passages
Rudy Thompson, a former Commodore of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, died on April 24. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Sheila, his children Chris and Hillary, and his grandchildren Cy and Brittany. "Rudy was addicted to the sea and served as a wonderful role model to many of our younger sailors, said yacht club manager Bill Canfield. "Part of what many relate to in 'Caribbean Regattas' was incorporated in Rudy's infectious demeanor and positive attitude. Whether he was racing or cruising, he did it to have fun … more than most Rudy understood how to get the best out of life."

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