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St. Lucia Update – Jan 07

New Volvo Penta dealership for St. Lucia.

MarinTek St. Lucia has become St Lucia’s most recent dealership of the prestigeous Volvo Penta Marine Line. "In the near future we’ll offer full service for Volvo engines," said MarinTek’s MD Egbert Charles. "A first for Rodney Bay!" Charles trained with Volvo in Martinique and the BVI, and became Volvo certified in June 2006.  His background in electronics dovetails into the new Volvo D series which relies more on electronics than previous models, according to Charles and he should know.
MarinTek has built a reputation on electrical electronics and the union between MarinTek and Volvo, to use a sailing simile, looks like more plain sailing.
–Milton Crombay

Marigot Bay Marina opens new facilities

Over the past two years, Marigot Bay has undergone a major ‘refit,’ including construction of Discovery at Marigot Bay—a new resort, spa and Marina Village. Original Marigot Marina docks have been completely rebuilt and have a capacity of 40 berths. The docks in the SE corner of the bay have been extended to accommodate yachts up to a 16ft draft, and have already seen yachts in excess of 170ft LOA using the facilities. Now available are Wifi and high speed internet, fresh water, and fuel.  Marigot Bay is an official port of entry with Customs and Immigration services.
The Marina Village incorporates a supermarket, bank, boutiques, a French bakery, provisioning outlets, laundry, tour desk, art gallery, jewelers, a doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, car rental, internet facilities, showers and toilets, and more.  Bob Hathaway is Marina Manager and
James Scott recently was appointed the resort’s General Manager. Scott, a British citizen, comes to Discovery from Sandy Lane in Barbados and is accompanied by his wife Lena Rymer-Rythen and their two-year-old son, Sam.  The 57 suite and 67 room Discovery Resort and Spa opened September 15.  www.marigotbay.com

Marigot cleans up

Meanwhile, the community is getting into the act, too – on Saturday November 4, 2006, a clean up crew of community volunteers included members of the Marigot Development Committee (MDC), Marigot Bay Business Association (MBBA), Marigot Business owners, family members, and their staff, including about 45 children ages 3-16 years.  The exercise resulted in the collection of seven truck loads of non-biodegradable items such as plastics, tins and bottles from the community road sides, litter generated from passing vehicles and pedestrians.

ARC Kick-off in St. Lucia

Keats Compton, President of the Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia (MIASL), reported that the group staged an event here to publicly observe the European start of the 21st ARC on Sunday, November 26.  Over in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, the ARC start was witnessed by the Director of Tourism Maria Fowell. Meanwhile, on St. Lucia, a flotilla of more than 20 fishing, power and sailing yachts was organized. Participating in the St. Lucia event was the yacht Breeze-a-Way, skippered by Bernard Johnson, first St. Lucian yacht to make the crossing, in1995 in 19 days. Also on board was Ellery Didier, who joined the flotilla on Sleepy Dog. A third former ARC participant, Michael Richings, also took part on Free Spirit.  The MIASL expects the flotilla to become an annual event, working with Rodney bay marina and the St.Lucia Tourist Board.

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