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Caribbean News September 2010

Bonaire Pays Tribute to Captain Don
Captain Don Stewart became the first local recipient to receive Bonaire’s Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Tourism Corporation Bonaire on June 25 during his 85th birthday celebration at Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire. Stewart arrived in 1962 and is considered to be the founder of dive tourism on the island and has pioneered conservation of the marine environment.

Mercury Marine Redesigns Web Site
Unveiled in June, Mercury’s revamped site promises easier navigation, updated content and interactive tools. “The redesign took our Web site from good to great,” said Mercury Marine VP of Marketing Mike Shedivy. Users will find a mega-dropdown menu that gives one-click access to the company’s products and services. Engine tests, historically one of the most-visited destinations of mercurymarine.com, are linked on the homepage, where fans also can access Mercury Marine’s new Facebook and Twitter pages. www.mercurymarine.com

Island Yacht Charters
Receives Environmental Award

Island Yacht Charters, Inc., in business since 1977 in St. Thomas, USVI, the exclusive Caribbean dealer and charterers for Island Packet Yachts, was honored this year with the 2010 National EPA Environmental Quality Award.
The company has focused recent efforts on sustainable energy efficiency and, among other initiatives, transformed their entire fleet of 16 Island Packets, ranging in size from 35 to 51 ft, to energy efficient vessels with the addition of solar panels. www.iyc.vi

Grenada Gets Another Underwater Sculpture
Since its inception in 2006, the Underwater Sculpture Park at Grenada’s Molinere Bay, with the work of British sculptor Jason Taylor, has become a “must see” attraction. This year’s new addition of stainless steel and concrete titled “The Silent Cry,” is the work of local Sculptor Rene Froehlich and will act as an artificial reef. To join the action group sustaining the park, contact Phil Saye by phone 444-1092 or email, info@divegrenada.com.

“Green” Custom Compressor Services VI
CCSVI has a new mailing address: 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Ste 133, PMB 321, St. Thomas, VI 00802. The company services breathing air compressors all over the Caribbean, and sells parts, filters, oil and more while embracing green innovation. “We use bioremediation instead of caustic chemicals to clean oil and carbon, (baking) soda blasting instead of sandblasting, and powdercoating rather than spray paint and its associated VOC output,” says owner Andrew Prins, “in line for our goal to minimize environmental impact while ensuring that compressors throughout the Caribbean are providing safe and clean air.”

Bavaria Cruiser 45 will Join
Horizon Charter Fleet in Grenada

Horizon Yacht Charters, Caribbean dealer for German manufacturer Bavaria Yachts, announced this summer that a new Bavaria 45 Cruiser model will join the Grenada-based charter fleet in December 2010. The new boat was designed and developed in collaboration with Farr Yacht Design and BMW Group DesignworksUSA and was nominated in June for the European Yacht of the Year Award for 2010/11 in the ‘Family Cruisers’ category. www.horizonyachtcharters.com or e-mail: horizonyachts@spiceisle.com

Rallies Join Forces

The World Cruising Club (WCC), organizers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) from Las Palmas to Saint Lucia, and the Cruising Rally Association, organizer of the annual Caribbean 1500 Rally from Virginia to Tortola, BVI, announced in July that they are joining forces to become the largest global organization dedicated to the sport of passage-making. The Cruising Rally Association also will expand its 21st Annual Caribbean 1500 to include a Bahamas Class which will leave Hampton, VA on November 1 and cruise directly to Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas.

New Jamaica Cruising
Guide Free Online

The first edition of the free Jamaica Cruising Guide by Frank Virgintino will appear on its own site, www.jamaicacruisingguide.com. The 17,000 word guide covers all of Jamaica and is more than 120 pages long.

Bimini Big Game Club Reopens
Under Guy Harvey Flag

The famed Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas, closed for two years, is reopening as a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort and Marina, after completion of a $3,500,000 renovation that included all 51 guest rooms, the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill, and the Outfitter Shop, a retail outlet featuring Guy Harvey sportswear and gifts. Founded as a dinner club in 1936 in Alice Town, the club is intended to be the first of several Guy Harvey Outpost properties targeted at fishermen, divers and eco-tourists. A 75-slip marina can accommodate boats up to 145 linear feet. www.BigGameClubBimini.com

ZF Marine Opens
Technical Training Center

ZF Marine LLC, the North American subsidiary of ZF Marine Group in Padova, Italy, announced this summer the official opening of their new Technical Training Center at the company’s new North American headquarters in Miramar, FL. The new facility has a 24-student classroom for theoretical training and a fully equipped, dedicated shop area for practical training.

Instructors will give courses in both English and Spanish, for electronic control systems and product diagnostic/repair for transmissions, as well as POD drives.
www.zf.com

Save the Date
October 9 to 16, 2010
The 47th Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament will be held at the Port Antonio Marina (Old Marina) and feature four days of intensive fishing coupled with serious partying and entertainment. Details and registration forms are available at the Errol Flynn Marina and the Port Antonio Marina or by calling (1)876-927-0145; or email rondq@mail.infochan.com. To register on-line: www.jamaicasportfishing.com

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