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Party time at Mercury Marine Latin America & Caribbean

Mercury Marine Latin America & Caribbean dealers from Venezuela and Dominican Republic
Mercury Marine Latin America & Caribbean dealers from Venezuela and Dominican Republic

Party time at Mercury Marine Latin America & Caribbean
Mercury Marine Latin America & Caribbean hosted its annual Private Cocktail Reception in February.  The event, which was held at ‘The Bath Club’ in Miami Beach, Florida, welcomed Mercury customers throughout all of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. This event was part of the activities that took place during the week of the Miami International Boat Show, which also included general sessions held at the division’s Miramar location consisting of presentations as well as face-to-face meetings with MMLAC’s staff.

The annual gathering is an opportunity to celebrate and thank Mercury’s customers for their loyalty and contributions towards Mercury’s growth in the different territories throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  The event also served as a platform to present awards within different categories to those customers who truly made an impact in 2012.

The reception was also attended by personnel from different divisions of Mercury Marine, Brunswick Commercial Group, Land ‘N’ Sea and Boston Whaler among others.

New Cruising Rally heads south from Trinidad & Tobago
September 2013 will see the start of a new annual rally for Caribbean cruisers. Starting from both Trinidad and Tobago, the Nereid’s Rally is set to pave the way for visits to two of the Atlantic’s least known cruising destinations: Guyana and French Guiana.

“Trinidad & Tobago has always been known as a safe haven for yachts during the hurricane season but yachtsmen need not remain hunkered down in an anchorage or hauled out for extended maintenance when fair sailing in agreeable weather is so close at hand,” organizers said in a press release.

According to the release, the Nereid’s Rally offers sailors a safe convenient way to discover the Amazon basin’s least spoilt anchorages and an excellent excuse for prolonging the traditional sailing season. And with formalities expedited, and assistance with logistical matters, tours and provisioning conveniently provided at each port of call, participants were sure to have a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.

Registration details and more information can be found at the official rally website: www.marinaslm.com/rally

Free Cruising Guides establish education fund in Haiti
Frank Virgintino, author of Free Cruising Guides, has created an educational fund to offset tuition costs for students at Ile a Vache, Haiti, who need assistance. The initial grant of $5,000 has been donated by Free Cruising Guides together with Marina ZarPar of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.

The first grant funds have been released to 16 students, 12 of whom live on Ile a Vache and attend primary school on the island, and four who live on Ile a Vache and attend high school at Les Cayes, on the mainland.

In a press release, Mr Virgintino said the island of Ile a Vache has long been a safe and wonderful stop for cruising boats and that the fund seeks to give back to the island of Haiti, which has done so much for the cruising community.

Cruisers and businesses who would like to donate to the fund may contact Frank Virgintino at: fvirgintino@gmail.com

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