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Caribbean News – May 09

New Budget Marine alliance will serve megayachts

Megayacht captains, engineers, and chefs in the Caribbean will welcome a new arrangement between Budget Marine and south Florida-based Yacht Chandlers. Yacht Chandlers’ clients now can shop at any of the participating Budget Marine locations, use their accounts and have access to the extensive and specialized large-yacht parts inventory and provisioning. Budget Marine has the largest inventory of marine products in the Caribbean with 10 locations. www.budgetmarine.com, www.yachtchandlers.com.

Cuban mariners invite yacht club from Florida to compete

The Hemingway International Yacht Club has invited the Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC) to participate in an offshore race near Havana, restoring a 70-year-old international tradition. The June 6 Regatta Castillo del Morro is a 15-mile race from Marina Hemingway to the port of Havana and back. The Florida team, headed by Jay Meyer, recently applied to the U.S. government for permission to participate. While waiting word from Washington, the Sarasota Yacht Club is planning a series of events to generate interest in the events.

Be on the lookout for stolen yacht Ishtar

Last seen in Dominica on March 5, a Cyclades 43.3 was chartered on Martinique February 28 by a Czech client. Ishtar’s registration number is FRBEYE4133K506. Three years ago, the same client, Milos Gaspar, reportedly stole a Lagoon 410 from Guadeloupe which was recovered in the Cape Verde Islands where Gaspar escaped custody. He is also wanted in the US for bank fraud and for the theft of a camper van, according to FBI documents. Contact stmartin@vpm-bestsail.com if you have seen this yacht.

New services and Yard Operations Manager at Spice Island Marine

John Moren has joined Grenada’s Spice Island Marine Services, bringing a wealth of industry experience, most recently managing a 30 acre boatyard and 345 slip marina in South Florida. Spice Island has added two new services including a woodworking shop managed by the yard that can produce high-end joinery, decking, and bright work, and GTech Marine Services for electrical engineering services including design, schematics, installations, and repairs. www.spiceislandmarine.com or email simsco@spiceisle.com.

Nanny Cay to be Host Marina for US Cruisers

The Cruising Rally Association (CRA) announced in February that the Nanny Cay Resort, Marina, and Boatyard will be the host marina for its Caribbean sailing events. In 2009, Nanny Cay will host the Atlantic Cup Rally (May 3) for cruising boats headed north and the Caribbean 1500 (November 2) for cruisers returning from the US east coast for next winter season. More than 1300 boats and 5000 people have participated in CRA sailing events in its 20-year history. www.carib1500.com.

Moorings Village unveiled on Tortola during 40th anniversary

Following a $15 million investment, The Moorings opened new facilities in Tortola at the end of January, part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The ceremony included christening of new yachts including the Moorings 474 Power Cat, 4600 Catamaran and 43.3 Monohull. The new, environmentally-friendly village is at the southern end of the existing property and includes a spa, business center, new hotel rooms, and Charlie’s Bar and Restaurant. www.moorings.com

Dockwise still booms despite economic gloom

Even with global news of tough times, yachts are still on the move.  In late February, Dockwise Yacht Transport’s (DYT) 456-foot Super Servant 3 left Port Everglades for Toulon, unloading 18 yachts and loading one in St. Thomas, then moved on to Martinique where it loaded 18 more yachts, totaling 32 power and sailing yachts for a final cargo value of $140 million.  In early March, the 556-foot Super Servant 4 departed from Port Everglades, heading to Palma de Mallorca with another $140 million worth of yachts.

“For the most part, the yachts are headed for the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for the Spring and Summer sailing season,” said DYT President Clemens van der Werf.  “Some are charter yachts but others are privately owned.  In fact, many of the yachts we shipped to the Med went there for vacation as well as charter commitments in conjunction with such May events as the MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.” www.yacht-transport.com

Save the date

May 22 – 24: Puerto Rico Vela Cup 2009 will be held at the recently-inaugurated Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar, Humacao. The regatta, presented by the Club Náutico de Fajardo and endorsed by the Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Sailing Federation, will offer Racing Spinnaker, J-24, J-80, IC-24, Jib & Main (A & B) categories.
www.puertoricovelacup.com.    

Passages

Francis Gobinet: We mourn the loss of Francis Gobinet who died while underwater on March 23, 2009 in the British Virgin Islands where he was working as crew aboard SY Klosters. Francis was born in France but moved to Antigua in 1984 which has been his home ever since. He leaves behind his 23-year old sister Mandy, his 21-year old brother Serge, his father Denis and his mother, All at Sea’s Gilly Gobinet.

John F. Bryan IV: John F. Bryan IV, also known as John St. John, died on February 19th, 2009 in Vancleave, Mississippi. Most recently John was based out of St. John in the Virgin Islands after 14 years of many harbors and adventures in the Caribbean. He was an accomplished musician who played the guitar and had a lovely singing voice, and was a popular entertainer in clubs in St. John, St. Thomas and Jost Van Dyke.

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