Changes benefit Grenada Sailing Week
The newly formed Grenada Sailing Week (GSW) has a new logo, created by Dwayne Grainger, to go with their new website. The regatta has also embraced social media and news and views about the event can be found on their Facebook page – Grenada Sailing Week.
In a press release, Grenada Sailing Week said they have made it easy to register for the event online, including payment of registration fees at “an unbeatable US$60.00 per boat.”
The Grenada Sailing Week Board says they are proud that Camper & Nicholsons is the main sponsor for the event, known as the Grenada Sailing Week Camper & Nicholsons Race Series. “Participants will benefit as in the past from the use of the ideal Port Louis Marina facility, so conveniently placed for access to racing courses and fully equipped to host post-racing events,” the Board said.
Grenada Sailing Week, January 31st – February 5th 2013. Visit: www.grenadasailingweek.com
Caribbean Sailing Association News
The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) held their annual two-day Regatta Organizers’ Conference in October. The conference was held at the Port de Plaisance marina in Sint Maarten and attracted some 30 delegates from around the Caribbean.
Cary Byerley, CSA President for the last five years, was not reelected and the role passed to Peter Holmberg.
In an invited comment, Mr. Holmberg said: “Nominations are made from the floor at each AGM, and being nominated, I agreed to accept the President’s role for the year.” He noted that his primary goal, during his term of office, would be to help organize CSA into a more professional organization. “The Caribbean is now one of the leading sailing regions in the world, and we have to be better organized and prepared to meet this opportunity and challenge. I will work with the other officers to better organize our internal operations, from establishing objectives and committees, to improving our accounting practices,” he said.
Along with several presentations, Alison Sly-Adams discussed the role of social media in promoting regattas. Paul Miller and Alfred Koolen offered a Measurers’ Report and CSA Rules Update.
One of the livelier presentations ‘Understanding and working with Sponsors’ was chaired by John Leone of Heineken Beer and David Antrobus of Sol Antilles. (Gary E. Brown)
Sint Maarten Marine Trades Representatives Visit Brazil
Members of The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) recently attended the Sao Paulo Boat Show where they sought to diversify the current clientele of the marine industry by encouraging Brazilian Yacht enthusiasts to bring their vessels to St. Maarten. In a press release the association noted that the delegation was well received and said “expectations are that we will begin to see an influx of Brazilian owned vessels home porting in St. Maarten this season.”
Carlos Aguilar Match Race
Saint Thomas, USVI – Twelve Open teams representing some of the best match racers in the world, both men and women, will put their skills to the test in the 5th Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin / Trident Jewels & Time, December 5th to 9th.
Homegrown talent will be among the toughest and include skippers Taylor Canfield, ranked 11th in the world and winner of the King Edward VII Gold Cup at the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup in October and America’s Cup winning helmsman, Peter Holmberg. Five top-ranked women skippers are confirmed to compete.
The Open Champion in this International Sailing Federation (ISAF) provisional Grade Two event will be awarded either an Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver or Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver precision timepiece.