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NEWS: Tall Ship Eye of the Wind Bound for Caribbean

Tall Ship Eye of the Wind bound for the Caribbean
The traditional sailing tall ship Eye of the Wind will visit three continents in three months and cruise the Caribbean from January to March 2014. Nine one-week cruises will take the tall ship to Barbados, Martinique, Antigua, St. Martin, the British Virgin Islands and, finally, Bermuda.

Built as a topsail schooner in 1911, guests aboard the famous ship, star of films and television, will enjoy shore leave on various islands and anchor in sheltered bays. They will also learn how to operate a sailing ship on which everything is done the traditional way … by hand. Berths are available. No prior knowledge of sailing is necessary and guests can actively participate in sailing the ship or sit back and relax.

For more information, visit: www.eyeofthewind.net/en

Island Global Yachting Marina News
Saint Thomas, USVI – Island Global Yachting (IGY) announces the recent hiring of Charlie Irons as the Director of Operations for its flagship destination, Yacht Haven Grande St. Thomas, USVI.

Irons comes to IGY with key international luxury destination management experience spanning from New York to Mexico. His management background includes positions at top hotel chains including Soho House, Hyatt and Starwood.

“With 21 years of experience managing Five Star establishments, and given the upscale nature of Yacht Haven and its collection of luxury level retailers and dining establishments, Irons is the ideal candidate to run the property”, says Kenny Jones, Executive Vice President of Operations for IGY. www.yachthavengrande.com

Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race Series returns
The organizers of the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race Series announce an expanded program for 2014.

In the build-up to the main race commencing on Tuesday January 21, there will be three days of coastal racing beginning Friday January 17. And an Open Passage Race to Antigua will take place on Friday January 24.

The purpose of the main race is to break the record for the fastest time sailing around the island of Barbados, a distance of approximately 60 miles. Dating back to the 19th century, and based upon bragging rights for the fastest trading schooner to complete the course, this race is not for the fainthearted and offers challenging sailing around the island’s east coast.

Registration for this famous annual event – celebrating its 78th anniversary in 2014 – commences on Wednesday January 15 at the Barbados Cruising Club. Entry is available online: www.mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com

All At Sea file photo
All At Sea file photo

Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament
Sint Maarten – After enjoying bragging rights as the Champion Boat of 2012, Follow Me 5 from French St. Martin confirmed that they will be back defend their crown at this year’s 6th edition of the Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament fished November 1 – 2.

Team Trimmed Out from St. Barth’s, who last year smashed the tournament’s long standing record by landing a 74.3lb Wahoo, will also be back for more action.

Organizers say the 6th edition of the Budget Marine Wahoo tournament will take place in the midst of what many expect to be a wicked Wahoo season and the event boasts more than U$12,000 in cash and prizes divided over ten categories.

Making this event attractive to regional fishermen, there will be special rates at the newly renovated Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse just one minute’s walk from the marina. Free dockage will be offered to all participants.

For information, visit: www.sxmsportfishing.com

Palm Tree Marine appointed as Northern Lights Dealer in Grenada
Palm Tree Marine is the latest appointment in an extensive Caribbean dealer network for Northern Lights, overseen by Parts & Power in the British Virgin Islands as the regional distributors.

Commenting on the new dealer, Parts & Power Managing Director Tom Gerker, said: “We are delighted that Palm Tree Marine has been appointed. Grenada is an important country for Northern Lights owing to the size of its marine and yachting industry. Having local dealers with the technical ability to assist with installations and after-market support is extremely important to us, and with Palm Tree Marine we can ensure we will continue to meet those local market needs.” www.palmtreemarine.com  www.CaribbeanNorthernLights.com

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2014
Les Voiles de St. Barth is offering a concierge service for participating boats in order to facilitate planning, lodging, car rental and restaurant reservations, etc. In a press release, organizers said experts would be available to help crews find everything they might need to make their stay in St Barthélemy as easy and pleasurable as possible.

To view the new Les Voiles 2014 Brochure, visit: www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/site/us

CORRECTION:
In our article ‘Qualified to go to Sea’ published in September, we stated: To obtain a Yachtmaster certificate candidates must log at least 30 days at sea, two days as skipper, 800 nautical miles and 12 night hours. These are the requirements for a coastal cruiser ticket not a Yachtmaster. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

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