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Caribbean News – Nov 07

IGFA to end running of annual World Championship Tournaments

After almost a decade since the creation of its two world championship tournaments, the International Game Fish Association announced in September the end of its direct participation and management of the competitive events, concluding with its 2008 events. “There are many great individuals and organizations around the world conducting fishing tournaments,” stated Rob Kramer, IGFA’s President.  “The IGFA wants to use its extensive international reach to ensure these tournaments have fish to catch.” Most tournaments use the angling rules and ethics created by the IGFA and the organization will continue to remain engaged with tournaments from an educational and conservation perspective. For more information on the tournaments contact Mike Myatt at 954-924-4350. Igfa.org.

Staff Partying Before Season Starts

In September, employees of Sunsail, Moorings, Moorings Power and Footloose enjoyed a barbecue at Long Bay Beach, Beef Island, British Virgin Islands. “This is the first employee event we have had since becoming neighbors within the Wickham’s Cay II Marina,” said Nic Parton, Group Operations Manager. “We had an excellent turnout, with many families enjoying BBQ food, drinks, music and fun. The highlight of the day was definitely the staff raffle, where staff won prizes donated by our friends at The Tamarind Club, Smiths Ferries, Boardsailing BVI, Leverick Bay, Mainsail Resort, Columbian Emeralds, Nexus, Renport, K Mart, and B-Mobile.”

Puerto Rico’s Tom Hill Finishes Third at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Puerto Rico businessman Tom Hill finished third in racing division at September’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda on the Italian island of Sardinia.  In its 18th year on the waters off Porto Cervo, the event featured 38 yachts representing 11 countries. Hill’s 76’
Reichel/Pugh-designed Titan XII finished top-three in four races and dropped a fourth from her score line to finish on 11 points.  This was Titan’s first venture into European waters and Hill enjoyed it: “A couple of the crew have been here before, like St. Thomas’ Ben Beer, and they just rave about this place. They were right, and the racing couldn’t have been nicer.”

Mustang Marine Appoints First Caribbean Dealer

Mustang Marine Inc., the American subsidiary of Australian luxury boat builder Mustang Marine Ltd., announced the appointment of ABC Boats NV (www.abcboatsnv.com) as the first dealer spearheading Mustang’s debut in the Caribbean Basin market. Based in Curacao, ABC Boats also serves Aruba, Bonaire, Antigua, St. Maarten, St.Kitts, St.Barths, Anguilla, St. Thomas and the Dominican Republic.

Budget Marine’s 495-page 2008 catalogue debuts November 8

St. Maarten-based Budget Marine produces a comprehensive product catalogue entirely in-house at their group offices each year—look for the new one out this month.  A whopping 3500 new products plus additional chapters, such as a new ‘Cruising Gear’ section, have been added to the 495-page book available at all Budget Marine locations:  St.Maarten, St. Martin, St. Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Trinidad, Curacao, and Bonaire.

US-IRC Gulf Stream Series on track for tight finish

The US-IRC East Coast Championship in Annapolis November 2 to 4 is the final regatta of the series that started in January with the Acura Key West Regatta.  An entry list and all race details are posted at www.stormtrysail.org.  The annual US-IRC Gulf Stream Series, which starts in January and finishes in November, offers a comprehensive racing opportunity for sailors entering the major IRC events here including the St. Maarten Heineken, International Rolex St. Thomas, BVI Spring Regatta, and Stanford Antigua Sailing Week.

Golden Rock Gearing Up

Organizers are geared up for November 12 to 16 when the 3rd Golden Rock Regatta takes place.  Chris Coombs, managing director of Presidente Beer, purchased new course marks and presented them to organizers Bea Hootsmans and Jelle Hamstra, and to senior race officer Ian Thring. The regatta is the brainchild of Juul Hermsen of Eindhoven in Holland, a familiar figure at sailing events held in St. Maarten and other islands. Races are longer than other regional regattas with overnight stops on neighboring islands, offering sailing to different countries each day.  www.goldenrockregatta.com

New Marine Terminal at Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI

In late September, the Urman Victor Fredericks Marine Terminal opened at Red Hook, named for a Captain and mechanic employed who pioneered the local barge industry.  The new $10 million facility will handle cargo and passengers traveling to St. John and the British Virgin Islands from St. Thomas with space at the dock for four ferries at a time.

Safety alert:  Program Your Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) equipment

John Bell of ACR Electronics, manufacturer of AIS systems (Nauticast UAIS, Nauticast2 AIS, and the new Nauticast B AIS (awaiting FCC approvals) forwarded to All at Sea a US Coast Guard safety alert:  “Many marine communication devices, including marine radios equipped with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) equipment rely upon a 9-digit Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number to identify itself and more importantly the user of the device.  The U.S. Coast Guard… is concerned that many users of these devices are not obtaining, registering and/or properly entering their assigned MMSI into these devices. Lack of an MMSI will make some of these devices inoperable, such as AIS, or incapable of operating advanced features or distress alerting capabilities of the device.”

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