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Caribbean News – Sep 08

Noonsite Asks for Reports on Sailors’ Collisions with Whales and Dolphins

Collisions between ships and cetaceans are increasing around the world however information on collisions involving sailing vessels is scarce.

As part of a research survey project by marine biologist Fabian Ritter, noonsite.com, a global website for cruising sailors, has joined forces with marine environmental group MEER.  All sailors are invited to provide information before the end of 2008 on any whale/dolphin collisions or near misses during their sailing careers.  To log a report, visit www.noonsite.com.

Preparations for the Curacao Heineken Regatta in full swing

Preparations for the first edition of the Heineken Curacao Regatta, to take place between November 7 and 9 are in full swing, with a unique venue chosen for the official opening and Regatta Festival.  The Kleine Werf opposite the cruise ship dock will be bustling in a few months when sailing races start in the St. Anna Bay. Colorful houses near the pontoon bridge form together the famous "Handelskade"at the St. Anna Bay in the heart of the capital of Willemstad.

Horizon Yacht Charters Offers Special for Airline Crew

To highlight their 10 year anniversary, Horizon has launched a special 10% discount offer exclusively for all airline personnel chartering seven nights or more.  Captain Larry Kline from Southwest Airlines says, “I have been an airline pilot for over 30 years and have known many pilot/sailors mainly because personalities that are drawn to the sky also seem to gravitate to sailing.”  Horizon has an extensive fleet of yachts and bases in Antigua & Barbuda, St Martin, Grenada and the BVIs. For details, email info@horizonyachtcharters.com.

Caribbean 1500 Rally Adds Charleston Departure Point

America’s oldest and largest offshore cruising rally will have simultaneous starts on November 2 from both Hampton VA and Charleston SC this year.  “Over the years, we have discovered that boats from the Southern US are hesitant to sail north around Cape Hatteras to join us for the start in Hampton,” said founder Steve Black.  “The Hampton and Charleston fleets will converge simultaneously on our destination in the Caribbean and join in post-event activities together.” Over 925 yachts and 4,500 sailors have participated in the Caribbean 1500 since its inception in 1990. This year’s 1500 is expected to attract a record-breaking 75 yachts. www.carib1500.com.

St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta on You Tube

A promotional version of the 2008 regatta documentary has been published on the popular web site www.YouTube.com.  The 10-minute video was again produced and edited by Noemi and Albert van der Gugten’s local St. Maarten company, 180 Productions, and was filmed with three cameras during the regatta. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad-iD92BtCwwww.ClassicRegatta.com

Thomas Barrows Again Named ICSA All-American

Yale University student Thomas Barrows from St. Thomas, USVI, was named in June to the 2007/2008 Intercollegiate Sailing Association of North America (ICSA) All-America Sailing Team.  All-American honors are awarded to competitors who demonstrated outstanding performance in competition during the college sailing year (fall and spring seasons) just concluded.  Barrows’ name will be added to the permanent ICSA display located at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  www.collegesailing.org

Yacht Express Makes Debut Down Under

Dockwise Yacht Transports’ newest ship, the 687.5-foot (209 meter) Yacht Express, arrived in Brisbane this summer, marking its official debut down under. The largest vessel of its kind in the world, Yacht Express was purpose-built with a semi-submersible dock bay that allows yachts of any size to be floated on and off.  The ship made its maiden voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to Genoa, Italy, in April with a mostly-megayacht load worth $154 million.  The ship returns to Ft. Lauderdale for its next transatlantic expedition.

ECHO Tec Offers New Models

Trinidad manufactured ECHO Tec Watermakers have upgraded their reliable Titanium plunger high pressure pump to a new direct coupled pump design mounted on silent blocks for an even quieter operation.  The new pump comes with a lifetime warranty.  The manufacturer is so confident about the durability of their systems, it has increased the limited warranty to three years on all other parts/components except consumables. Also, the variety of the model range has been increased by two high output 24V DC Watermakers with a production of up to 32 GPH/120 LPH and a brand new low power consumption AC system line that can be powered by generators or inverters of only 1.5 and 2.5KW.  www.watermakers.net

Antigua Sets Sail as Host to RYA Training school

Sailing charter and training company ondeck has announced the imminent opening of ondeck training Antigua.  The Royal Yachting Association based in the UK will visit Antigua to credit the new facility with the capability of training all ages, beginners to experts, at the base in Falmouth harbour.  Ondeck hopes to open up sailing to local Antiguans and help aid more Antiguans in developing careers on the water.  Ondeck is based on the U.K., Portugal, Antigua and US Virgin Islands.  Information: Liz Holder, lh@ondeck.co.uk.

The Nix to Enter Golden Rock Regatta

The organizers of the Golden Rock Regatta, now in its fourth year, announced the entry of the Nix, a 60 foot sloop rigged racing yacht.
The regatta starts from Great Bay on November 10th with a pursuit race to Gustavia, St. Barths followed on the second day with a race to Frigate Bay, St. Kitts.  After overnight there, the fleet continues to Statia, The Golden Rock, stays two days and sails two windward/leeward races before the grand finale race from Statia back to Oyster Pond in St. Martin.  Information:  Bea Hootsmans, bea@goldenrockregatta.com.

Interlux Offering $60,000 in Grants for Waterfront Improvement

Interlux® Yacht Finishes is challenging boaters to take steps to help improve their local waterfront—and giving them a $60,000 incentive to do it.  The Waterfront Challenge will award eight grants of $5,000 to $25,000 to support efforts by boaters to create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities.  Small groups—organized clubs, a group of friends, a family—should apply now for grants to be awarded at the Miami International Boat Show in February, 2009. The deadline for applications is November 5. For information and to apply: 

New Manager for Port Louis Grenada

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas has appointed Clyde Rawls to serve as Port Louis general manager in Grenada. Rawls, who relocated from the USA for the position, has many years’ experience having managed three resort marinas in Florida including the Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

Superyacht Cup Antigua Changes 2008 Dates

This year’s dates are December 9 to 12 for the Superyacht Cup in Nelson’s Dockyard to bring it is closer to the Antigua Yacht Charter Show, “hopefully making it a bit more convenient to media, brokers and sponsors who are attending both events,” organizers say.  This year 10 to 12 yachts are expected to take part, and already confirmed is the recently launched P2, the 38m/125′ sloop, hull number one of a new series designed by Philippe Briand and built by Perini Navi in La Spezia, Italy.  Last year’s winner, Sojana, the 35m ketch owned by Peter Harrison, will be back to defend her title.  www.thesuperyachtcup.com

Changes for Tobago, Carriacou Regattas

The Caribbean Sailing Association’s newsletter reports that dates for Tobago’s Carnival 2009 are now fixed for February 10 to 14.  The format has also been changed to that of a four day event of continuous racing from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th with the Skipper’s Briefing on Tuesday the 10th in the evening.  The Tobago regatta follows seven days after the Grenada sailing festival and is approximately two and one-half weeks before the Heineken St. Maarten.  Carriacou’s Sailing Regatta has also been shifted to mid January allowing for a Southern Triangle encompassing Carriacou, Grenada, and Tobago all within a one month period.  Contact Peter Baillie on Baillie.peter@gmail.com

Save the Dates

Soualiga Challenge September 28

The St. Maarten Soualiga Challenge will be held on 28 September 2008, in St Maarten.  The race will consist of a single 25km downwind run starting in Gustavia, St. Barthelemy and finishing in Oyster Pond, Sint Maarten.  The event will be open to various Surfski, Sea Kayak, and Outrigger Canoe classes.  Enter before September 14 by emailing thebrowns@domaccess.com.

Open Challenge October 18 & 19

On October 18 & 19, youth sailors will again sail BIC OPEN sailboats to raise money for charity. The format sees a multiple of teams of between three to five sailors aboard one boat sailing counter clockwise around Tortola, a distance of some 25 miles. Safety boats will follow the entire way, along with a mother ship. Last years beneficiary was the KATS sailing program for which the sailors, all aged between 8 and 14 yrs, raised $1,350. This year the teams from Tortola sailors will be joined by St Thomas and Anguillan teams. Contact Ocean Promotions for more into at racebvi@surfbvi.com, or call (284) 494-0337.

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