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Caribbean News November 2009

New Camper & Nicholsons-managed marina coming to St. Kitts

An agreement was signed in September between project developer Chris Kanhai of St. Michaels Foundation Ltd. of Canada, and Rakesh Sarna, Chief Operating Officer International, of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts to manage the Park Hyatt St. Kitts. The hotel is part of the new Cockleshell Bay Resort development which will be set on 150 acres on the south east peninsula of St. Kitts. In addition to the hotel, plans call for a 160-berth marina to be managed by Camper & Nicholsons, a casino, restaurants, 100 residential townhouses and condominiums and 86 estate villas. The project is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Puerto Rico takes Bronze at the Snipe Junior Worlds

Twenty-one teams composed of 42 participants from 11 countries competed at the San Diego Yacht Club which hosted the World Youth Snipe Championships for 2009. Puerto Rico was represented by two teams composed of Raul Rios/Antonio Sifre and Marco Teixidor/Richard Latimer. Congratulations to Rios/Sifre who took home the bronze medal and to Teixidor/Latimer, who finished in seventh place. www.snipeworlds2009.com

Guadeloupe wave ski team triumphs in Australia

The wave ski team from Guadeloupe returned home from Coffs Harbour, Australia with four medals and a world title for Virgil Humbert in the junior division from the World Wave Ski Championships.

South Grenada Regatta announces 2010 plans

Members of the South Grenada Regatta committee, Laura Harvey, Dieter Burkhalter, Lucy Murchie, James Beniot, Jo-anne Hypolite-Peters and Jana Caniga, have confirmed the previously-announced 2010 dates: February 26 to 28. Courses will be shorter and a third race will be added. Junior Sailing will be organised on Saturday and Sunday. Registration fee will be US $50. Information: call 444 2400 or visit www.southgrenadaregatta.com

Crown Bay Marina releases winter season rates

Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas released the 2009/2010 winter season rates three months earlier than usual to lure yachts to the Caribbean. “We recognize that a number of yachts and owners are pulling back during this economic downturn,” said Director of Operations Jane Wherren. The 99-slip megayacht marina also announced plans to offer guests a shuttle service to and from Reichhold Center and other amenities for entertainment performances. www.crownbay.com.

Open water kayak challenge planned

On the first of November, Ryan de Jongh plans to kayak from St. Martin to Curacao arriving 22 days later. According to sales and marketing director Jayson Persaud representing the Clear Water Challenge III, this will be de Jongh’s eighth challenge as a good will gesture to raise money and awareness to protect nature. www.natureislife.org

Northern Lights upgrades web site

The new www.northern-lights.com Website will offer a new interface to view Northern Lights’ line of marine diesel generator sets and Lugger propulsion engines. Product specifications, drawings, manuals and up-to-date dealer locations will continue to appear but with an upgraded look. A newly upgraded search feature will allow visitors quick access to information on their specific Northern Lights product, part or local dealer. www.northern-lights.com.

Jamaica fields entry in round the world Clipper yacht race

Olympic gold medalist sprinter Usain Bolt was on hand recently to help celebrate the announcement that Jamaica will field an entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. The boat, named Jamaica Lightning Bolt, in honour of the fastest man on earth, will compete against nine identical stripped-down 68-foot yachts in the 35,000-mile race around the world. The Clipper Race started from England in September, and will call at Port Antonio, Jamaica before concluding in England next July. www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Carrette Electro-Mechanical Services appointed as Perkins Dealer

CEMS has been made an Appointed Perkins Dealer for Dominica by Parts & Power Ltd, Eastern Caribbean Distributor of Perkins engines. CEMS has 13 years of experience in the repair and maintenance of generators and diesel engines. We’re very pleased to add Nelson and his team at CEMS to our Caribbean dealer network," said Tom Gerker, managing director of Parts & Power. "This appointment brings us to 10 dealers in the Caribbean with service and parts support in the US Virgin Islands, BVI, St Maarten, Antigua, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and Grenada.” www.partsandpower.com.

Save the Date

June 13 to 18, 2010: 27th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament (TCBT) will be held June 13-18, 2010, Abaco, Bahamas. The tournament’s trophy this year went to 13-year old Chris Galati of Florida, who released two blue marlin in one day, the largest weighing nearly 500 lbs. www.treasurecayfishing.com.

Corrections

The article “Gulf Rascal Wins July Open”, in the September 2009 publication, has J. R. Bergeron’s boat listed as the “Reel Escape” the correct boat name is “Reel Excuse.”

An article in September’s issue of All At Sea about the ISAF Volvo Youth World Championships failed to mention two Caribbean sailors who competed. Max Nickbarg from St. John, sailing in Boys One Person Laser Radials, finished 30th and Patrick Carolus, sailing in the same class, finished 45th. Our thanks to readers who pointed out these omissions and apologies to the sailors who should have been mentioned.

Passages

Sailor and artist Bob Williamson, also known as the King of Redonda, who wrote for All at Sea for many years, died peacefully with his family in Canada on August 27. John Duffy in Antigua shared the words of Williamson’s daughter, Tamara, that he “set sail on his final voyage and into uncharted waters. He did so with heart in hand and a true explorer’s determination.”


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