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Caribbean News March 2010

Venezuela Fishing Event Moves to Dominican Republic

Director Rick Alvarez has announced that the International La Guaira Billfish Shootout will change locations and become the International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout XVI, to be held June 1 to 6. Citing the decreasing number of foreign flag sport fishing boats visiting La Guaira during the March and April blue marlin season, Alvarez thanked individuals and sponsors who helped make the event a success during the first 15 years.

Camper and Nicholsons Marinas Appoints New Operations Director

James Beaver has been appointed as Operations Director by Camper and Nicholsons Marinas. Beaver will act as a central expert resource in marina operational management supporting all the individual marina general managers whether they are operational or in the build phase of marina development. Beaver’s initial focus will be on the development of Cesme Marina, Turkey, scheduled for opening in May 2010, and Port Louis Marina, Grenada which is now completing its second phase.

Fountaine Pajot Owners to Meet in BVI

The 2nd Fountaine Pajot Owners’ Rendez-vous meeting will take place in the British Virgin Islands, April 28 to May 1. Interested owners can either cruise on their own Fountaine Pajot catamaran or, if their yacht is located elsewhere, charter a Fountaine-Pajot catamaran from Horizon Yacht Charters in the BVI (five nights minimum). For charter reservations contact Courtney, Reservations Manager, info@horizonyachtcharters.com. Fountaine-Pajot owners wishing to participate should register with helene.de.fontainieu@fountaine-pajot.com.

Online Game Winner Just Crossed Atlantic

The second winner of Island Water World’s Online Game prize of a dinghy-outboard combo worth US $3,200 was 74 year-old Vassil Kurtev from Bulgaria who arrived in December in St. Maarten from Tenerife, after crossing the Atlantic on his 38′ custom designed S/V Bizone. Kurtev, nicknamed Vasko, built Bizone in the early 1990s in Bulgaria together with his son. Due to the lack of well-stocked chandleries, Kurtev fabricated a great deal of the parts himself. He is an avid sailor and participated in 1984 in OSTAR (Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race from Plymouth, England to Newport, Rhode Island). Back then he sailed a 24-foot folkboat and finished in 40 days. www.islandwaterworld.com

Highland Spring HIHO to Feature Stand Up Paddle Racing

The 2010 seven-day HIHO windsurfing event that visits multiple islands in the British Virgin Islands is set for June 26 – July 4, to start and finish at the Moorings resort marina on Tortola. This year’s event will feature a new sport. “Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is the hottest trend on the water,” said Andy Morrell, who won the HIHO event in 1986 and started running it through his company, Ocean Promotions, in 1993. The SUP portion of the event will run alongside the windsurfing racing; each day there will separate starts for each class, and separate courses. For entry information: www.go-hiho.com or call 284-494-0337.

Moorings Extends Reservation Staffing to Weekends

The Moorings yacht charter company announced in January new hours of operation that make in-house Vacation Planning Specialists available seven days a week for prospective charterers. Agents now can be reached by U.S. callers at a toll free number, 800-535-7289, during these new times: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The website, www.moorings.com, is available 24 hours a day with online booking and quoting capabilities; destination overviews with customer reviews, photos, videos and sample itineraries; fleet specifications; and virtual tours.

New Location for Caribbean Yachts in St. Martin

Stephane Legendre, formerly based at marina Fort Louis, sent word of his new office location at Marina Port La Royale of Marigot. Legendre is well known as the organizer of the Transcaraibes Rallye. His phone number remains +590 (0) 690 760 100. www.caribbean-yachts.com

Rosebud/Team DYT Wins 2009 US-IRC Gulf Stream Series

Rosebud/Team DYT, the Farr-designed STP65 sailed by owner Roger Sturgeon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., won the 2009 US-IRC Gulf Stream Series (GSS) Trophy after finishing first in several major events last year including the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race. The award will be presented next summer at the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport. Finishing second overall for the 2009 US-IRC GSS series was Privateer, a Cookson 50 owned and skippered by Ron O’Hanley (Ipswich, MA.) Nineteen events will make up the 2010 GSS (an increase of three events over last year), including the second running of the RORC’s Caribbean 600 out of Antigua last month. The US-IRC Gulf Stream Series (GSS) is America’s only year-long racing series that spans the entire East Coast of the U.S.A. and Caribbean islands and returns for its fifth annual running in 2010. For more information on the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series: www.us-irc.org or contact Luiz Kahl at luiz@us-irc.org.

New Marine Industry Survey for USVI

In December, the Virgin Islands government put out a Marine Industry Survey for the first time in almost 20 years. The goal of the survey is to find holes in the infrastructure of the yachting industry in the USVI. The government hopes the results of the survey will help the newly-created Marine Economic Development Council to address the most pressing issues of the boating community. -Andrea Bailey

It’s Still out There: Win that Free Bottom Job

Sea Hawk Paints’ Treasure Hunt promotion is still going on. “The Grand Prize ticket is still out there and no one has claimed the prize of a free haul out yet,” said a Sea Hawk representative in late January. The company has been giving away a treasure chest of prizes to launch their new paint, Islands 77 Plus. With every gallon purchased through a participating Sea Hawk Paint dealer, customers receive a Scratch-Off Instant Win ticket. There are prizes, gift certificates and the grand prize of a free bottom job with haul out and Sea Hawk Paint (up to $2,500 value) still waiting for winners. See your local Sea Hawk Paint dealer or visit www.SeaHawkPaints.com for details.

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